Russell Reeder, Jr.
Russell Reeder, Jr.

Class of 1926 Baseball

Russell "Red" Reeder was a three-time varsity baseball letterwinner who served as team captain in 1926, the same year Army dispatched Navy, 6-5.

A varsity football letterwinner in 1926, he played back, tackle and guard on the gridiron and kicked a field goal as part of Army's 10-3 victory over Navy. The team went 7-2 that season, including a 27-0 win over Notre Dame.

A 1926 graduate, Reeder also competed on the swim team for two seasons and received an offer to pursue a professional baseball career with the New York Giants.

Reeder instead continued his military career where he commanded an Infantry Regiment during the Battle of Normandy and earned the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star and Purple Heart after being wounded and losing a leg. He retired from the Army in 1946 as a colonel and was recalled to active duty by West Point Superintendent Gen. Maxwell Taylor.

He joined the Army Athletic Association as an assistant director of athletics and was oversaw maintenance and operations while also serving as an assistant baseball and football coach.

A distinguished author of more than 35 books, Reeder was awarded the Distinguished Graduate Award by the Association of Graduates in 1997, was presented with the Freedom Foundation's National Recognition Award in 1963 and was given the Congressional Life Saving Medal as a 12-year-old after saving a child from drowning.