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The SS Edward L. Grant was a standard Liberty Ship launched on June 12, 1943. Named after the Giants infielder who was the first Major League Baseball player to die in a war (95 years ago today), the ship was part of the second series of convoys traveling to Murmansk, Russia to help supply the Russians during the Second World War.
In honor of Memorial Day we wanted to honor Eddie Grant, the first Major League Baseball player to die in a war. Captain Grant died on October 5, 1918 while he was leading his men to rescue Major Charles Whittlesey and the “Lost Battalion”. Before he volunteered for the Army, “Harvard Eddie” played for four baseball teams, including the New York Giants from 1913-1915.
Better known for the circumstances of his death Eddie Grant led an fascinating life. The second of 4 children, Eddie grew up with a baseball field across the street from his house and two little sisters to look after. He first attended Dean Academy, before he enrolled at, and received his Law degree from Harvard University. While playing for the Giants in the 1913 World Series the New York Times wrote, “Attorney Eddie Grant, came through from second base like the Twentieth Century Limited traveling past a flag station.” to describe his pinch running appearance in the 10th inning of the second game. In his two years with the Giants he was known for helping other players with their contracts and his dry sense of humor, which made him one of John McGraw’s favorite players. Happy 129th birthday Eddie!