26. Warren Spahn
Baseball Hall-of-Famer Warren Spahn is widely regarded as one of the best left-handed pitchers ever. In fact, he was so good the award for the Major League’s best left-handed pitcher is named after him. He won 363 games and his career lasted for a lengthy 21 years. Even so, Spahn chose to enter World War II to help his country in 1944 and served with distinction.
Alongside many other Major League Baseballers, Spahn enlisted in the army and was trained as a combat engineer. He won a Purple Heart and saw action at the Battle of the Bulge and at the Ludendorff Bridge. He returned to baseball in 1946 after serving his nation with distinction and went on to play at the highest level until the age of 44.