Game 2 – 1944 Service World Series, Hickam Army Air Field

(Chevrons and Diamonds Collection)

The following their 5-0 shutout at the hands of the Navy at their home park, Furlong Field, the Army looked to even the score at their own home, Hickam Field on Saturday, September 23. For seven innings, the Army’s Al Lien a pitcher formerly with the San Francisco Seals, was locked in a tight duel with the only hurler in Major League history to throw back-to-back no-hitters, Johnny Vander Meer. In the top of the 8th, the Navy’s Phil Rizzuto reach first base on an infield hit. Former St, Louis Brown sacrificed to move Rizzuto who was reaching for third however, a Ferris Fain throwing error allowed the former Yankees shortstop to score and break 3-2 tie game. In the bottom of the frame shortstop Joe Gordon struck out, First sacker Ferris Fain popped an infield fly for the second out and catcher Will Leonard grounded to end the inning.

In the top of the the ninth, Navy’s Johnny Lucadello’s fly to left registered the first out. Dom DiMaggio worked the pitcher for a free pass. Pee Wee Reese singled over the shortstop. With two on, Vinnie Smith hit a hot comeback to pitcher Al Lien who deflected the ball allowing DiMaggio to score. After Eddie Funk relieve Lien, Navy manager Bill Dickey sent Ken “Ziggy” Sears in to pinch hit for Vander Meer. Funk got Sears fly out but walked the next batter, Rizzuto, to load the bases. With two outs, right fielder Joe Grace took Funk deep to right field clearing the bases and putting the game out of reach for the Army. Navy left fielder McCosky followed Grace with a pop foul that was fielded by the backstop Leonard.

Down 8-2 in the bottom of the ninth, the Army now faced former Dodgers closer Hugh Casey who dispatched pinch-hitter Hank Edwards who flied out to center. After walking Army third baseman Bob Dillinger, Casey coaxed two more flyouts from Mike McCormick and Dario Lodigiani to close out the game.

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Navy All-Stars:

#PlayerPositionFormer Team
12Jim AdairPMidland Cowboys
26Arne R. AndersonPWashington Senators
10Norman E. AtkinsonCSemi-Pro
9John BerryRFUniversity of Oregon
4Tom B. BishopSSSemi-Pro
17Al Brancato3BPhiladelphia Athletics
16Jim CarlinLFPhiladelphia Phillies
27Hugh CaseyPBrooklyn Dodgers
28Bill DickeyMgr.New York Yankees
15George “Skeets” DickeyCChicago White Sox
11Dominick DiMaggioCFBoston Red Sox
31Gordon EvansLFCharleston Senators
 Hank FeimsterPBoston Red Sox
18Marv FeldermanCChicago Cubs
31Tom FerrickPCleveland Indians
28Joe GraceRFSt. Louis Browns
29Jack HalletPPittsburgh Pirates
24Robert A. HarrisPPhiladelphia Athletics
20John Hubert Jeandron2BPort Arthur Tarpons
23A. Rankin JohnsonPPhiladelphia Athletics
6David LeiboldBat Boy 
5John Lucadello2BSt. Louis Browns
26Walter E. MastersonPWashington Senators
3Barney McCoskyCFDetroit Tigers
32Johnny Mize1BSt. Louis Cardinals
13Mo Mozzali CFLouisville, KY
30Vern OlsenPChicago Cubs
21Sal Recca3BNorfolk Tars
34Pee Wee ReeseSSBrooklyn Dodgers
2Phil RizzutoSSNew York Yankees
26Lynn “Schoolboy” RowePDetroit Tigers
30Wes SchulmerichAsst. Mgr.Boston Red Sox
14Ken “Ziggy” SearsCNew York Yankees
19Oscar M. SessionsPNavy
29Eddie Shokes1BCincinnati Reds
1Vince SmithCPittsburgh Pirates
22Virgil TrucksPDetroit Tigers
27Johnny Vander MeerPCincinnati Reds
For the 1944 Servicemen’s World Series, the Navy All-Stars seemed to hold the advantage.
(Chevrons and Diamonds Collection)

The series rosters remained unchanged from the previous games though the game line-ups and pitching matchups change from game to game. Some variations are noticeable across the first seven games of the Series. For games 8-11, Phil Rizzuto, Dom DiMaggio and Pee Wee Reese were not present on Maui, Hawaii or Kauai. Rizzuto and DiMaggio were sent back to Melbourne, Australia and Reese remained on Oahu.

Army All-Stars:

#PlayerPositionFormer Team
13Rugger ArdozoiaPKansas City Blues
10James AshworthCHelena
16Johnny BeazleyPSt. Louis Cardinals
30Joe ClarkeCoachSemi-Pro
17Bill DeCarloCMinneapolis (AA)
27Carl DeRosePAmsterdam
1Bob Dillinger3BToledo Mud Hens
4Joe DiMaggioCFNew York Yankees
11Hank EdwardsCCleveland Indians
19Eddie “Ace” ErauttPHollywood Stars
7Ferris Fain1BSan Francisco Seals
18Eddie FunkPFederalsburg, MD
15Sid GautreauxCBrooklyn Dodgers
6Joe GordonSSNew York Yankees
28Hal HairstonPHomestead Grays
3Walter JudnichRFSt. Louis Browns
22Kearney KohlmeyerSSTyler
12Don LangLFIndianapolis Indians
9Wilfred LeonardCOakland Oaks
25Al LienPSan Francisco Seals
2Dario Lodigiani2BChicago White Sox
5Mike McCormickLFCincinnati Reds
23Dick MolbergPSemi-Pro
24Bill SchmidtPSacramento Solons
21Don SchmidtPSemi-Pro
29J. SchumbresCoach 
8Charley SilveraCKansas City Blues
20Tom WinsettMgr.Brooklyn Dodgers
The 1944 Army All-Stars for the Servicemen’s World Series. Joe DiMaggio did not play in any of the Series games having been sent to the states before the first game.

Used for both the second and sixth games of the 1944 Servicemen’s World Series, this two-sided single mimeographed sheet features hand-drawn artwork on the front and typed rosters with a very simplistic scoring grid.

Note: This is an altered version of our Game 6 program that had the scoring marks and notations removed.

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