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Lloyd Rice

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Date and Place of Birth: September 6, 1917 VA
Date and Place of Death:    June 8, 1979 Frederick, VA
Baseball Experience: Minor League
Position: Outfield
Rank: Captain
Military Unit: US Army
Area Served: European Theater of Operations

Lloyd J. Rice was born in Virginia, on September 6, 1917. He played the outfield for the Federalsburg A's of the Class D Eastern Shore League in 1940, and batted a sensational .363 in 97 games, and was expected to move up to the Wilmington Blue Rocks of the Class B Inter-State League. However, military service intervened in January 1941. His appointment with Wilmington would have to wait.

Rice served as a First Lieutenant with the army in Europe and was wounded in the left shoulder at Normandy. He was discharged from the army as a captain, and finally made it to the Wilmington Blue Rocks after a six-year delay. The 28-year-old played 104 games and batted .275 in 1946. In 1947, he batted .292 in 119 games.

Lloyd Rice passed away in Frederick, Maryland, on June 8, 1979. He was 61 years old and is buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery, in Frederick.

Date Added December 29, 2017

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