April 9, 1943 |
Melrose Park, Illinois
|September 3, 1963, for the Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 28, 1963, for the Los Angeles Dodgers|
Roy William Gleason ("Roy the Rock") (born April 9, 1943 in Melrose Park, Illinois) was a Major League Baseball player. He played in eight games for the Los Angeles Dodgers late in the 1963 baseball season. He was used primarily as a pinch runner but he had one official at bat and hit a double. He won a World Series ring with the Dodgers. That ring was eventually lost in Vietnam.
After his return from Vietnam, he again played in the Dodgers' farm system, but his war injuries had impaired his baseball skills, and he never made it back to the major leagues. He became a car salesman, married twice, and had two sons.
Roy Gleason remains the only US Combat Veteran and former Major League Baseball player to receive "Special Congressional Recognition" for being awarded a "Purple Heart", a World Series Ring, and holding a "Perfect" Lifetime Major League Batting Average. He also remains the only professional baseball player who after first playing in the Major Leagues was later drafted into the US Army and sent to the front lines in the Vietnam War.
TV and movie career
Gleason appeared in the TV series Branded, playing alongside Chuck Connors; and as "Gotham 100" race car driver Grimaldi Smith (hijacked by Cliff Robertson, Joan Staley, John Mitchum and Timothy Scott) in the Batman (TV series) episode "Come Back, Shame" [S2, E25, series episode 59] (also featuring Eric Shea).
- Plaschke, Bill (March 9, 2010). "At Ease, at Last". Associated Press Sports Editors. Retrieved 2010-03-09.
- Biographer, Wallace Wasinack, author of the book "Lost in the Sun" ....Roy Gleason's Odyssey from the Outfield to the Battlefield"
- Rose, George (2004). One Hit Wonders: Baseball Stories. United States: Excel/Kaleidoscope. p. 212. ISBN 9780595318070.