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James Stewart


Date and Place of Birth: July 30, 1924 Hazlehurst, GA
Date and Place of Death:    March 22, 1945 Iwo Jima, Pacific
Baseball Experience: Minor League
Position: Pitcher
Rank: Private
Military Unit: 7th Platoon, Company C, 34th Replacement Draft, 3rd Marine Division, USMC
Area Served: Pacific Theater of Operations

James E. Stewart, the son of Claud and Dora Stewart, was born in Hazlehurst, Georgia, on July 30, 1924. A pitcher, he was signed by the Atlanta Crackers along with Troy Furr (who was killed in action in France in January 1945) during the winter of 1943. Sadly, he never got to play a game in a Crackers uniform as he entered military service with the Marine Corps.

Twenty-year-old Private Stewart was in the Pacific with 7th Platoon, Company C, 34th Replacement Draft, 3rd Marine Division at Iwo Jima in March 1945. He was killed in action on March 22 - one of 4,500 Marines who lost their lives on the tiny volcanic island. Major leaguers Harry O'Neill and minor leaguers Jim Trimble, Frank Ciaffone, Bob Holmes, Jack Lummus and Jack Nealy also lost their lives on Iwo Jima.

On September 8, 1946, a special service was held between games of a double header between the Atlanta Crackers and the Mobile Bears, with a plaque unveilled at the rear of the grandstand of Ponce de Leon Park to honor the five Cracker players who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War II - James Stewart, Troy Furr, Frank Haggerty, Duck McKee and Milton Rosenstein.

James Stewart is buried at Hazlehurst City Cemetery, Georgia.













1943 Atlanta Southern Assoc A1 Signed but did not play


Thanks to Ray Nemec and Mark Aubrey for help with this biography.

Date Added April 13, 2012 March 14, 2020

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