John Sax, Son of Former MLB All-Star Steve Sax, Among Marines Killed in Crash

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIJune 11, 2022

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 25: Steve Sax was a member of the 1981 Dodgers World Series team who was honored before a game agiains the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on July 25, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
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Capt. John J. Sax, who is the son of former MLB All-Star Steve Sax, was one of five Marines killed during routine training after an MV-22 Osprey crashed in Glamis, California, on Wednesday.

3rd Marine Aircraft Wing @3rdmaw

Capt. John J. Sax, 33, of Placer, California, an MV-22B Pilot.<br> <br>Lance Cpl. Evan A. Strickland, 19, of Valencia, New Mexico, a Tiltrotor Crew Chief. <br><br>The cause of this crash is currently under investigation. <br><br>(Part 3) <a href="https://t.co/bXVidhQHDz">pic.twitter.com/bXVidhQHDz</a>

Steve Sax issued a statement following the news of his son's death (h/t CBS Los Angeles):

"It is with complete devastation that I announce that my precious son, Johnny was one of the five US Marines that perished on Wednesday, June 8, in the Osprey Military crash near San Diego. For those of you that knew Johnny, you saw his huge smile, bright light, his love for his family, the Marines, the joy of flying airplanes and defending our country! He was my hero and the best man I know, there was no better person to defend our country.
"There was never any doubt from a young age that Johnny would be a pilot and his passion was to fly! I am so proud of the man he became and so proud to call him my son! This loss will change my life forever and is a loss to not only the Marines but this world!"

John Sax was based in Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California. He served the Marines for five years and eight months and earned the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and a Letter of Appreciation.

Major League Baseball released a statement on Sax and the four other Marines:

MLB Communications @MLB_PR

Today we remember the lives of John Sax, the son of former All-Star Steve, and four fellow Marines of the Purple Fox family who perished in a tragic aircraft accident. With gratitude for their service to our country, we send our deepest condolences to their families and friends.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, who Steve Sax played for from 1981 to 1988, did as well:

Los Angeles Dodgers @Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers are saddened to hear about the passing of Steve Sax’s son, John, and the five Marines who lost their lives in this week’s tragic helicopter accident. Our thoughts and condolences go out to their families and friends.

Steve Sax was a five-time All-Star second baseman and two-time World Series champion who played 14 MLB seasons (1981-1994) for the Dodgers, New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox and Oakland Athletics.