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Son of ex-MLB infielder Steve Sax killed in military crash

Sep 14, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; A general view of a baseball and glove, prior to a game between the Kansas City Royals and Minnesota Twins at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken/USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Peter G. Aiken

One of five Marines killed in an aircraft crash in Southern California has been identified as the son of former major league All-Star Steve Sax.

Capt. John J. Sax, 33, died when an MV-22B Osprey crashed Wednesday in a training exercise.

Steve Sax confirmed his son’s death in a statement issued Friday night to CBS Los Angeles.

“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,” the elder Sax said.

He continued: “There was never any doubt from a young age that Johnny would be a pilot and his passion was to fly! I am so proud of the man he became and so proud to call him my son! This loss will change my life forever and is a loss to not only the Marines but this world!”

The Marines were assigned to Camp Pendleton, Calif.

John Sax had been a Marine for nearly six years and received the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

Others killed were Cpl. Nathan E. Carlson, 21, of Winnebago, Ill.; Capt. Nicholas P. Losapio, 31, of Rockingham, N.H.; Cpl. Seth D. Rasmuson, 21, of Johnson, Wyo.; and Lance Cpl. Evan A. Strickland, 19, of Valencia, N.M

Steve Sax, now 62, was a Rookie of the Year, a five-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion. A second baseman, he played for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1981-88), New York Yankees (1989-91), Chicago White Sox (1992-93) and Oakland Athletics (1994).

–Field Level Media