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Mutt Daniels
Fictional Character
Worldwar
POD: May 30, 1942
Appearance(s): In the Balance
through
Striking the Balance;
Down to Earth
Type of Appearance: Direct POV (ItB through StB); Posthumous reference (DtE)
Species: Human
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: c. 1887
Date of Death: 1964
Cause of Death: Natural Causes
Occupation: Baseball player, Soldier
Affiliations: United States Army;

St. Louis Cardinals; Decatur Commodores

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.

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