1945 Brooklyn Dodgers vs Bainbridge Commodores

The Naval Training Center at Bainbridge, Maryland was home to a powerful baseball team in 1944 and ’45. As the much of the basic training activities shifted from Norfolk Naval Training Station to Bainbridge after 1943, the influx of major and minor leaguers afforded the opportunity to field clubs with top-flight baseball talent.

May 7-8, 1945 Bainbridge Commodores Scorecard - Cover
Used for consecutive games against the Brooklyn Dodgers and Chicago Cubs on May 7 and 8, 1945, the front cover features photographs from early in the 1945 season.

This scorecard and program was printed to be used for a two-game exhibition series with the Brooklyn Dodgers and Chicago Cubs in early May, 1945. Brooklyn swept a four-game series in two days at Philadelphia (back-to-back double-headers on Saturday, May 5 and and Sunday May 6 and was scheduled to start a 12-game homestand beginning with St. Louis on May 9. With one day off in between the weekend with the Phillies and the games at home, the Dodgers scheduled an exhibition with Bainbridge at Tome Stadium.

In addition to the scheduled date with the Dodgers, Bainbridge was set to play the Chicago Cubs on the next day and the scorecard was to serve for the second game. May 8 was the one day in their schedule that was built in to allow for travel from their May 5 double-header at St. Louis and their visit with Philadelphia starting on Wednesday, May 9.

1945 Bainbridge Commodores Roster

10Norman BradyC 
11Wally CarrollOFSan Francisco (PCL)
 Harry Clements2BHollywood (PCL)
 Bill ConroyCRed Sox
 Bobby CoombsPGiants
 Bernie CregerSSJohnson City (APPY)
6Bennie CulpCPhillies
 Bill CurleePRochester (IL)
17Hugh EastPGiants
 Dave EngmanOIC 
 Mayo FarrellP/Trainer 
 Ford GarrisonOFAthletics
 Luman HarrisPAthletics
 Avitus Bernard “Vedie” HimslPSt. Paul (AA)
4Bill Krueger2B/3BSeattle (PCL)
 Joe Leedale  
15Ray LucasP/Coach/MGRSeattle (PCL)
 Al LyonsPYankees
9Max MarshallOFReds
8Roger McKeePPhillies
3Eddie MiksisSSDodgers
13Howie Moss3B/OFBaltimore (IL)
 Stan MusialRF/CF/1BCardinals
12Earl NaylorOFRochester (IL)
 Andy NelsonCBristol (APPY)
14Gerry O’BrienMgr. 
5Babe Paul2B/OFSan Francisco (PCL)
7Fred PfennigPScranton (EL)
 Ken RaffensbergerPPhillies
 Frank ScalziSSElmira (EL)
 Bob ScheffingCCubs
 George “Buddy” SimonsPPhiladelphia area semipro
22Dick Sisler1B/OFNew Orleans (SOUA)
10Stanley SpenceOFSenators
18Bill SullivanCDodgers
 Thurman TuckerCF/LFWhite Sox
16Jake WadePWhite Sox
21Dick WakefieldOFTigers
19Sidney WestPBaltimore (IL)
 Larry WhalenIFColumbus (AA)

While the above roster constitutes all of the Commodores players that passed through the roster in 1945, it is far more expansive than what was fielded at any given time throughout the season. Bainbridge had players transitioning to other commands throughout the season and the scorecard reflects the team as it was in early May, 1945.

Rosters and score grids from the Monday, May 7, 1945 Bainbridge Commodores Scorecard. The Commodores squared off against the Brooklyn Dodgers and again on Tuesday, May 8 against the Chicago Cubs.

The bifold single-sheet scorecard is effectively a four-page piece with photos on the covers and the rosters and scoring grid on a two-page spread. Printed in monochrome blue, the piece is of a higher quality than what was produced for overseas games. This particular example has sustained a fair amount of damage and wear with tears and cracks in the aged paper. The veteran who likely saved this copy had it quarter-folded inflicting additional damage with added creases.

May 7-8, 1945 Bainbridge Commodores Scorecard - Back Page
The back cover of the May 7-8, 1945 Bainbridge Commodores scorecard features photos of the base commanders and the home field at Tome Stadium.

The Commodores won the game with with a score of 4-2 behind the arm of catcher-turned-pitcher Billy Sullivan and the bat of Dick Sisler.

This scorecard was listed in early 2021 and sold to an unknown collector. The photos shown here are the property of the eBay seller and have been extensively re-worked for optimum presentation in this venue. The center-spread image is a composite of three separate photos joined together to give our viewers an overall perspective of both pages.

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