In honor of the approaching Memorial Day holiday, it is important to take a moment and reflect on the freedoms that Americans enjoy every day. It is important to understand that throughout the history of the United States, even through the present day, that there have been many brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
It's important to never forget what this sacrifice means and to appreciate, what so many American's have given in order for us to live with the freedoms that each of us are afforded by our great Constitution.
While many of America's soldiers of today are ordinary citizens, young men and women, fresh out of high school or college, all with varying interests, they do share one common, underlying trait.
Dedication has been the backbone of the United States' armed services since its inception. If not for the dedication of our troops who endure blistering heat and freezing cold, sleepless nights and holidays in strange lands, far away from their mothers and fathers, their husbands or wives and their children, our freedom would not be possible.
This slideshow will be comprised of some former American soldiers. Soldiers who were not necessarily ordinary citizens—at least not in the sense of their everyday occupation.
These soldiers are all former professional baseball players. Though, they aren't even ordinary in terms of being baseball players.
This list is comprised of the 10 greatest baseball players who also served in the military. Every player on this list is in the Hall of Fame.
Some were drafted. Some enlisted of their own accord.
They all served in the capacities that were asked of them.
I encourage everyone, if you see or know a Veteran of our Armed Services, to please take a moment and thank them for their dedication and for their service.