| Worldwar |
POD: May 30, 1942
|Appearance(s):|| In the Balance|
Striking the Balance (posthumous reference in Down to Earth)
|Type of Appearance:||Direct POV|
|Date of Birth:||c. 1887|
|Date of Death:||1964|
|Cause of Death:||Natural causes|
|Occupation:||Professional baseball player, Soldier|
|Military Branch:||United States Army (World War I, Race Invasion of Tosev 3)|
|Sports Team:|| St. Louis Cardinals;|
Peter "Mutt" Daniels (c.1887-1964) was the manager of the Decatur Commodores. A native of Mississippi, he grew up listening to "States' War" stories from his two grandfathers, who both were veterans of the Confederate States Army. He played for the St. Louis Cardinals for two seasons in the 1910s and served in France in World War I. His nickname came from a stray dog that he adopted and carried on railroad trains throughout his baseball routes.
After the Race's Conquest Fleet invaded Earth in 1942, Daniels was one of the many volunteers the United States Army accepted as the Lizards invaded the United States. He took part in the defense of Chicago as an infantryman. During the war, he was exposed to ideas and beliefs that he, as a native of Mississippi, did not entirely agree with. For example, a black man known only as "Doc" held a high medical rank and saved Daniels' life on one occasion, and a brave nurse named Lucille Potter aroused Daniels' fancy but revealed herself to be a lesbian.
As the war dragged on, Daniels found that he had to become much more tolerant. Daniels grieved greatly when Nurse Lucille was cut down by stray shrapnel. While taking refuge in the Frances Willard House, he saw a memorial plaque which made him think of her, however this became of secondary importance moments later when he witnessed the destruction of Chicago by The Fat Lady.
He survived the war, and died of old age in 1964.