by Bill Nowlin

It took Oscar Judd until he was 33 years old to make the big leagues. When he did, being that age enabled him to stay in the game throughout the Second World War. His talent, though in decline, enabled him to play three more years in the postwar period.

Judd was Canadian, born on Valentine’s Day (February 14) in 1908 in Rebecca, near London, Ontario. His father, John W. Judd, was a farmer in Nissouri West Township, Ontario. His mother, Eve, was a nurse. As of the 1911 census in Canada, the couple had four children: Marion, Weldon, Oscar, and Laura. His given name was Thomas William Oscar Judd. As a major leaguer, he had his bags bear the monogram T.W.O.J.

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