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A. D. Breeding


Date and Place of Birth: March 25, 1888 Goliad, TX
Date and Place of Death:    October 12, 1918 Bois d’Ormont, France
Baseball Experience: Minor League
Position: Pitcher
Rank: Private First Class
Military Unit: Company A, 114th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division AEF
Area Served: AEF - France

A. D. Breeding played baseball for the oil company teams in Texas for many years and played briefly in the minors in 1911.

Albert Daryl Breeding was born in Goliad, Texas on March 25, 1888. The first record of Breeding playing baseball is in 1909 with the Humble Producers, an oil company team representing the Producers Oil Company at Humble, Texas. In 1910, it’s believed he was with the Sealy independent team of Texas. He signed with the Helena (Arkansas) Seaporters of the Class D Northeast Arkansas League in 1911 and pitched a handful of games during May, joining the Cairo Egyptians of the Class D Kitty League, later that month where he was used sparingly. His last game was probably against Hopkinsville on June 10, when he allowed nine hits in a 5-1 loss. His last known involvement in baseball was a tryout with the Taylor (Texas) Independent team in May 1912, but he most likely continued to play for the Producers Oil Company with whom he remained employed.

By 1917, Breeding was still with Producers as an oil field laborer and was based in Damon, Texas. He registered for the military draft in May of that year and was inducted into service the following March. Breeding trained with 52 Company, 13th Training Battalion of the 165th Depot Brigade at Camp Travis, Bexar County, Texas. In April 1918, he joined the 2nd Infantry Replacement Draft, awaiting assignment to an infantry regiment.

In September 1918, 30-year-old Private Breeding was part of the replacements for Company A of the 114th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division, and deployed for overseas duty in France on USS Pastores (AF-16), sailing from Newport News, Virginia on September 23, 1918. He could only have been in France for a matter of days when Company A was ordered to take up position on the night of October 11, ready for an attack at 7am the following morning in the vicinity of Bois d’Ormont, northwest of Verdun. At 3am, Company A reached the point where they were to form the attack, a ravine which had been captured from the Germans the day before. The area provided very little shelter and was under continuous attack from German artillery. The company lost two men before daylight (possibly Breeding was one of them). At 7am, the uphill advance began. Artillery shells rained down and resistance was met in the form of heavy machine gunfire. By the time Company A had reached the woods at the crest of the hill, Albert Breeding had suffered fatal wounds and died later that day.

Reports of Albert Breeding being wounded in action didn’t reach home until Christmas, and it was not until June 1919, that his death was confirmed. Albert Breeding was originally buried in Europe. On August 5, 1921, his body was disinterred and sent to the Belgian port of Antwerp for shipment back to the United States. On September 1, 1921, Breeding’s remains began the journey home aboard the transport ship USAT Cantigny, arriving at Hoboken, New Jersey on September 13. He was reburied at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, on October 13, 1921.













1911 Helena Arkansas State D - - - - - - - -
1911 Cairo Kitty League D - - - - - - - -

Thanks to Chris Woodman for bringing A. D. Breeding to my attention.

Date Added
May 21, 2023


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