World War II Jersey: Receiving Station
In all of the photos that I have seen of WWII military baseball uniforms over the course of a decade, this is the first one that has pinstripes. It saddened me that I was not in a financial position to bid on this jersey and I had to let it go without an attempt to purchase. This uniform has a tag in the collar that is indicative of the business that the Navy Receiving Station sourced it from though it is highly likely that it was made by one of the larger sporting goods manufacturing companies. The Navy Receiving Station is most likely referring to the Navy Receiving Barracks (known as Facility No. 193) which was constructed in 1942 and used to temporarily house transient naval personnel who were en route to and from afloat and ashore commands.
Research is currently pending regarding the baseball team fielded by this command. It is quite possible that personnel who were part of the permanent command (that managed the transient sailors) comprised the team.
- Buttons: The buttons are gray-colored plastic, convex, two-hole which are common across most of the military uniforms that I have seen.
- Material: The base material is wool-flannel with blue pinstripes (common for what is seen with the NY Yankees of this era)
- Soutache: A double line of two-color (white over navy blue) rayon material that encircles the collar and down the placket. The single line soutache is on the sleeve cuffs.
- Lettering: Heavy blue athletic felt block letters spelling out the team name.
- Numerals: Heavy blue athletic felt digit “6” is centered on the back.
- Sleeves: Eight inches, non-gusseted.
- Tag: “William’s” manufacturer’s tag (a local area – Honolulu, T.H.– sporting goods company) sewn sewn inside and below the back of the collar.
Facility No. 193 was built in 1942 as a receiving barracks. It was planned during the build up of the Pearl Harbor Naval Station in the early 1940s. It was an example of a standard B-1 type mobilization barracks designed by the Bureau of Yards and Docks and constructed at several Navy installations as temporary structures. It was originally in a grouping of seven receiving barracks. Facility No. 193 was a temporary World War II building which served longer than its intended life by being renovated for administrative uses after that war. It was a contributing property to the Pearl Harbor National Historic Landmark.