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Participant from 1975 Little League Baseball World Series Dies in Iraq


Staff Sgt. Wilbert Davis Was Assigned to 3rd Infantry Division 

Staff Sgt. Wilbert Davis 
(Photo courtesy of the Davis family)

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (April 9, 2003) – Little League Baseball is saddened by the death of Staff Sgt. Wilbert Davis of Hinesville, Ga., who gave his life on April 3 in service to his country in Iraq as a member of the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Division.

Staff Sgt. Davis was originally from Tampa, Fla, where he played Little League Baseball at Belmont Heights Little League. In 1975, he was a 12-year-old pitcher and outfielder on the Belmont Heights team that advanced to the championship game of the Little League Baseball World Series.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Staff Sgt. Davis’ family and friends,” said Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball. “We are grateful for the service of the brave men and women in military service as they advance the cause of freedom and liberty. We continue to hope they are able to return home soon.”

Wilbert Davis crosses the plate in the 1975 Little League Baseball World Series, scoring a run for his Belmont Heights (Tampa, Fla.) Little League team.

According to published reports, Staff Sgt. Davis joined the Army in the mid-1980s. Two months ago, he left the 3rd Infantry’s home at Fort Stewart, Ga., eager to make a contribution to the effort, the reports say.

“As with every member of our Armed Forces, Staff Sgt. Davis was a volunteer,” Mr. Keener said. “It is that spirit of volunteerism and devotion to duty – whether to make the community better by mentoring children, or helping to defend freedom – for which we are extremely grateful.”

 

 

 

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Little Leaguer Wilbert Davis