‘Major Cuteness': Puppy named in honor of Army Veteran and former Phillies baseball coach

Everyone meet Warrior Canine Connection’s Major!

United States Army Major McDonnell grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a deep love for baseball. In 1943, he was inducted into the U.S. Army and served in the 379th Infantry Regiment of the 95th Infantry Division during World War II. MAJ McDonnell was rewarded a Bronze Star, five battle stars, and a Purple Heart for his service and was then discharged in 1945.

When he returned home to Philadelphia, he pitched an exhibition baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in 1946, which caught the General Manager’s attention. He was recruited as a practice pitcher for the team and later offered the position of coach in 1948. He went on to complete nine years as coach.

Warrior Canine Connection named the pup in honor of Robert A. “Maje” McDonnell.

Major had the chance to meet some Phillies players recently before he hits the training!

Next, Major will be trained to be a service dog for a veteran with a psychological or physical disability.

Check out our interview with Warrior Canine Connection and learn about their organization with veterans HERE.

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