The Author and Founder
For more than a decade, the pursuit of baseball militaria artifacts has been fueled by a passion for the history in each discipline, individually. However, inspired by two U.S. Navy destroyer baseball team photos affixed to pages in an inherited photo scrapbook that were captured during the 1930s, Chevrons and Diamonds’ founder began his quest within this very unique and largely unexplored area of collecting.
Baseball militaria collecting is truly unique in that many artifacts remain undiscovered as they exist in the estates of veterans having never reached the collector market. Pieces such as scorecards, programs, team-autographed baseballs and personal photos of the game being played in war theaters, can prove to be difficult to identify. Many veterans’ collections have been or are being liquidated by family who lack expertise leaving such treasures as a rare, rudimentary tattered scorecard to be discarded rather than given the opportunity for collectors to preserve.
The founder of this site and the principle researcher/author is a Navy combat veteran with more than ten years of service before departing the service and pursuing an information technology career. With decades of historical and genealogical research experience, a lifetime of photographic endeavors (in the realm of hobby, commercial and freelance photojournalism) and several years of militaria collecting, the call came to research and author militaria and baseball militaria content for the now defunct, A&E Networks (A&E, History Channel, Military History, Lifetime, etc.) – funded CollectorsQuest.com as a paid-staff writer.
For more than a decade of collecting and researching baseball militaria, the Chevrons and Diamonds collection has grown in size and depth including nearly two dozen vintage service team uniforms and jerseys, service-marked baseball gloves, mitts and bats, an unrivaled assembly of service-team game programs, scorebooks and scorecard and service team-signed baseballs. The collection includes pieces sourced from former major and minor leaguers’ personal collections including original photographs, player contracts, programs and scorecards and World War II service medals.