Arnold K. Metcalf

[ Age 75 ] He played minor league baseball before being drafted into the Air Force.

October 22, 2007

Arnold King Metcalf, an Air Force veteran and former minor league baseball player, died yesterday at FutureCare, a nursing home in Canton. He was 75, and had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

Mr. Metcalf pitched for two years in the New York Yankees farm system, said his son, David Metcalf of Millersville.

While playing for the Yankees' organization, Mr. Metcalf was drafted into the Air Force in 1951, a year after the start of the Korean War, his son said. He was assigned to translate for a general in France. While abroad, Mr. Metcalf earned a degree in accounting, his son said.

Mr. Metcalf was not pleased when he received his marching orders.

"He was not really happy about it," said his son. "Whenever someone asked him how long he had been in the military, he would say, `Seven years, 10 months and one day.' He had it down to the day."

In 1998, Mr. Metcalf was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Even after the disease began to affect his memory, he could recite Yankees facts and statistics.

"Long after the Alzheimer's set in, he'd tell you the Opening Day team for the 1951 Yankees," said his son. "He was a huge Yankees fan."

After Mr. Metcalf returned to the United States, he worked as an electrician, living in Fairfax, Va., Fort Myers, Fla., and Laurel. He retired in 1995.

He had three children with his first wife, Ethel. After their divorce in 1968, Mr. Metcalf married Leah Anne Schrieffer. They had two sons. His second wife died in 1995.

Born in Providence, R.I., Mr. Metcalf was originally named Hiram Arnold King. His mother remarried, and his stepfather gave him his last name.

No services are scheduled.

In addition to his son, Mr. Metcalf is survived by three other sons, Larry Metcalf of Ohio, Terry Metcalf of Virginia and James Metcalf of Maine; and nine grandchildren.

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