Date and Place of Birth: November 13, 1922 Bremerton, Washington
Died: July 18, 1982 Seattle, Washington
Rank: Private First Class
Military Unit: US Army
Area Served: European Theater of Operations
Andy H Anderson was born on November 13, 1922 in Bremerton, Washington. He graduated from Silverdale High School in 1940 and was signed by Jack Fournier for the St. Louis Browns. In 1941 he played for the Paragould Broncos in the Class D Northeast Arkansas League and in 1942 was with the Springfield Browns in the Class B Three-I League.
Anderson entered service with the Army on November 28, 1942. He played baseball in Washington before being deployed overseas. Private First Class Anderson served in Europe and was captured by the Germans on November 21, 1944. Suffering a debilitating case of frostbite he was held at Stalag 9B in Bad Orb Hessen-Nassau, Germany. When Anderson was liberated on May 4, 1945, his weight had dropped from 185 pounds to 125 pounds. He was sent to Santa Barbara, California to recuperate and gain his strength.
Jack Fournier, the scout who had signed the youngster in 1940, went to visit him at Santa Barbara. “I couldn’t believe my eyes,” he told The Sporting News on July 21, 1948. “He didn’t even resemble the fine young athlete we had sent away to the army. I told Andy he could have his job back with the Browns’ organization whenever he was ready to resume his baseball career.”
Anderson progress was slow but steady and he joined the San Antonio Missions of the Texas League during the summer of 1946 and batted .246. The following season he hit .250 with the Missions. He joined the St Louis Browns at their spring training camp in 1948 and manager Zack Taylor decided to keep the hustling infielder for insurance. Anderson made his major league debut on May 10, and appeared in 51 games for the Browns and batted .276. He was back with the Browns in 1949 and batted .125 in 71 games. Anderson returned to the Missions in 1950 and continued to play in the minors until 1953.
Andy Anderson passed away on July 18, 1982 in Seattle, Washington. He was 59 years old.
Created July 19, 2007.
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