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Leroy Bruff


Date and Place of Birth: August 1, 1895 Baltimore, MD
Date and Place of Death:    September 29, 1918 France
Baseball Experience: Minor League
Position: Catcher
Rank: Sergeant
Military Unit: Company D, 313th Infantry, 79th Division US Army
Area Served: France

Leroy J. Bruff, son of J.O. and Katie Bruff, was born on August 1, 1895 in Baltimore, Maryland. A catcher whom the Baltimore Orioles were interested in, he played with the Frederick Hustlers of the Class D Blue Ridge League in 1917. In 20 games he batted .149 and was released by the club in June.

Military service called in 1918 and Bruff trained with the Army at Camp Meade, Maryland. Serving as a sergeant with Company D, 313th Infantry, 79th Division, he sailed to France in June 1918 to join the active front near Verdun, taking part in the Meuse-Argonne offensive where he was killed in action on September 29. His Hustler teammate, Jock Giacomo, had been killed in action five weeks earlier.

In August 1921, Bruff’s body was returned home to Baltimore and now rests at Baltimore Cemetery.

Date Added: June 10, 2012 Updated May 9, 2015


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