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Jack Leonard

 

Date and Place of Birth: November 25, 1930 Chattanooga, TN
Date and Place of Death:    September 15, 1953 Maxwell AFB Hospital, Mobile, AL
Baseball Experience: Minor League
Position: Pitcher
Rank: Airman Second Class
Military Unit: USAF
Area Served: United States

Jack C. Leonard was born on November 25, 1930 in Chattanooga, TN, where he attended Central High School. A star pitcher in the Chattanooga Times Twilight League, Leonard signed with the Chattanooga Lookouts of the Class AA Southern Association in 1949, making just a few brief appearances. In 1950, he joined the Fulton Railroaders of the Class D Kitty League and posted an impressive 11-4 won-loss record in 26 appearances.

A promising start wasn’t given the opportunity to progress as military service intervened with the progression of the Korean War. Serving with the United States Air Force, Airman Second Class Leonard was at Brookley Air Force Base in Mobile, Alabama, when he met Miss Evelyn Richardson. They married on July 7, 1952 at Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

Not long afterwards, Jack Leonard was diagnosed with leukemia which claimed his life at the Maxwell Air Force Base Hospital in Mobile, Alabama, on September 15, 1953. He was just 22 years old.

Thanks to Lisa Barganier for her help with this biography.

Date Added July 28, 2012

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