Cecil Howell Travis
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Cecil Travis, a shortstop whose career was interrupted by service in World War II, died on Dec. 16, 2006, in Fayetteville, N.C.
Travis hit .314 in 12 seasons in the major leagues. His career totals included 27 home runs, 657 RBI and 23 stolen bases. He was an All-Star in 1938, 1940 and 1941.
He made his debut with Washington in 1933 when he was 19 years old. One of his most productive seasons came in 1941 when he hit .359 with seven home runs and 101 RBI. He led the AL with 218 hits and 153 singles. He finished second in the league in batting average.
Duty called, however, during World War II and like many players, Travis walked away from the game. He spent four years in the army and, during a mission to France, suffered severe frostbite on his toes.
"He was a very good hitter and he did a very good job in the war," said Bob Feller, Hall of Famer, in published interviews. "If it had not been for the war, he would have had a lifetime average of .325, .335."
He returned to the majors following his service, but he did not match his pre-war numbers. He only played in one more full season -- in 1946 -- and he hit .252. HIs career was over after playing in 74 games in the 1947 season.