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Marine killed in crash was the son of five-time MLB All-Star and two-time World Series champion

Steve Sax pictured with his son John in this twitter post he made in 2016 with the caption: “No greater service than service to your country. Proud that my son will be joining @USMC #ProudDad #ProudAmerican”

Mike Rosenstein


Former New York Yankees second baseman Steve Sax is mourning the loss of his son, who was among five U.S. Marines killed last week during a training flight crash in the California desert.

ESPN reports “Capt. John J. Sax was among the aircrew of an Osprey tiltrotor aircraft that went down during training in a remote area in Imperial County, about 115 miles east of San Diego and about 50 miles from Yuma, Arizona.”

“It is with complete devastation that I announce that my precious son, Johnny was one of the five US Marines that perished on Wednesday, June 8, in the Osprey Military crash near San Diego,” Steve Sax said in a statement published Saturday by CBSLA-TV. “For those of you that knew Johnny, you saw his huge smile, bright light, his love for his family, the Marines, the joy of flying airplanes and defending our country! He was my hero and the best man I know, there was no better person to defend our country.”

Steve Sax was a five-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion during his 14-year MLB career. He broke in with Los Angeles Dodgers in 1981 and signed with the Yankees as a free agent following the 1988 season.

Sax played three years in the Bronx before the Yankees traded him to the Chicago White Sox ahead of the 1992 season. He played two years in the Windy City before finishing his career in 1994 with the Oakland A’s.

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Mike Rosenstein may be reached at mrosenstein@njadvancemedia.com.

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