This Date in Baseball History – June 6

Normandy Beach

June 6, 1944, was the execution of Operation Neptune by the Allied armed forces led by the United States and Great Britain. The mass landing of more than 160,000 soldiers on France’s Normandy Beach is commonly known as “D-Day,” and marked the commencement of Operation Overlord, the Allies’ invasion plan for German-occupied Europe.

All baseball games were cancelled on this date 70 years ago, and Mick Gillispie took the sixth inning of Tennessee’s game against the Jacksonville Suns on Friday to discuss two players who laid down their lives in the effort to liberate Europe.

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The Smokies Radio Network is the official radio network for the Chicago Cubs AA affiliate, the Tennessee Smokies. Daily broadcasts begin with the Pilot-Oscar Mayer pre-game show airing 15 minutes before every game. Following the game the broadcast concludes with the Edward Jones Investments post-game show. The Smokies Radio Network staff includes the Director of Broadcasting Mick Gillispie, Sr. Broadcast Assistant Greg Young, Broadcast Assistant Keith Brake and Broadcast Intern James Rowe.


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