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John Ogden


Date and Place of Birth: July 17, 1923 Delaware County, PA
Date and Place of Death:    August 8, 1944 St. Lo, France
Baseball Experience: College
Position: Pitcher
Rank: Private First Class
Military Unit: Company B, 112th Infantry Regiment US Army
Area Served: European Theater of Operations

John M. Ogden, Jr., was born in Delaware County, Pennsylvania on July 17, 1923. His father, John "Jack" Ogden, had played professional baseball with the Baltimore Orioles’ team that won seven straight International League pennants, and also played in the majors for the New York Giants, St. Louis Browns and Cincinnati Reds. John, Sr., later became farm director of the Philadelphia Phillies.

John, Jr., a pitcher like his father, had an outstanding college career at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. In 1941, his father left the employment of the Phillies and purchased the Elmira franchise in the Eastern League from the Brooklyn Dodgers. Following graduation from Swarthmore, John, Jr., assisted his father with the running of the club until he entered military service on September 8, 1943.

Private First Class Ogden served in Europe with Company B, 112th Infantry Regiment. He was killed in action at St. Lo, France on August 8, 1944.

John Ogden is buried at Oxford Cemetery in Oxford, Pennsylvania.

John Ogden

John Ogden

John Ogden (front row, fifth from right) with the 1942 Swarthmore College varsity baseball team

Thanks to Davis O. Barker for help with this biography. Thanks also to Astrid van Erp for help with this biography.

Date Added July 29, 2012. Updated August 18, 2017

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