A fiery and outspoken Ontario native, Marchildon went 17-14 for the 1942 Athletics.
He became a gunner in the WWII Royal Canadian Air Force, was shot down on his 26th
mission in 1944, and lost forty pounds during a nine-month ordeal as a POW in Germany.
He returned to baseball in 1945 after recuperating at home. Teammate George Kell
said later that "[W]hen he came back he was very quiet and very serious about everything
he did. Mr. Mack said he'd really changed. He'd been through a lot. But he said very
little about it."
Marchildon led the last-place 1946 A's with 13 wins, but tied
two teammates with an AL-high 16 losses. In 1947 he helped pull his club out of the
cellar with a 19-9 record. He had a perfect game with two outs in the eighth inning
in a game against Cleveland when he walked Ken Keltner. Marchildon gave up two singles
that tied the score in the ninth, but won his own game with a double in the 12th.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»May 3, 1942: The Tigers edge the A's, 8–7 in Game One of a twinbill. Rudy York, who clouted two homers yesterday, hits two more in the opener, one short of Ty Cobb's American League record for two straight games. Phil Marchildon allows two hits in game two to stop the Tigers, 1–0.
»July 6, 1945:
P Phil Marchildon rejoins the Athletics. In the Canadian Air Force, he was shot down and in a German prison camp for nine months.