File Name: Duggleby, Wilmer S.
Birthplace: Cooperstown, New York
Primary Specialty: Infantry
Secondary Specialty: Special Services
Born in Cooperstown, New York -- home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame -- it wasn't surprising that Hardball became a centerfielder in the minor leagues. After playing there for five years, Hardball realized the big league scouts weren't interested in bringing him up to the majors - they seemed to be looking for a star player and not the hardworking team player Hardball is. He joined the Army and began training in the use of advanced grenade launchers, finding a similarity between throwing a baseball and launching a grenade.
Hardball eventually made his way to the G.I. Joe team. On his first mission with the Joes, Hardball was part of another mission to stop Cobra from claiming a newly created island in the Gulf of Mexico. Hardball and a group of new Joes led by Ripcord and Outback defeated Cobra's forces, only to have the unstable island sink back beneath the ocean.
Some time later, Hardball and a team of Joes stormed the offices of Nexus Tech -- a software company contracted by the government -- to foil a hostage situation. The mission was successful, but it turned out that the hostages and terrorists all worked for Cobra, who had made a deal with the company's owner to cover up documents that proved he was cheating the government for years.
Hardball's baseball skills came to play when he "pitched" a grenade during the Joes' fight to stop Cobra from kidnapping the President at a major league baseball game. A short time later, Hardball manned a turret in the Mean Dog attack vehicle, battling Cobra on a highway near Broca Beach, New Jersey.
Hardball worked with the Joes until the team was shut down in 1994.
Hardball was later called back to join the reinstated Joe team. He has since been moved to the reserves.
He is also the Star, Coach, Pitcher, and Clean-up Hitter of the Joe's Co-Ed Softball Team. 20-0! Yo Joe!
|This page uses content from JMM’s My Useless Knowledge Website. The original article was at JMM's G.I. Joe Comics Home Page. A member of this wiki, User:Kadjem, was granted temporary permission to use this content. However, JMM’s My Useless Knowledge Website is not part of the GNU Free Documentation License program, so the content is being rewritten to adapt and fit into this wiki and avoid plagiarism.|