Game 6 – Service World Series, September 30, 1944

The Army dubbed their games, “The Little World Series” for what is known as the the 1944 Service World Series. This card was printed for both Game 2 (September 23) and Game 6 (September 30). The scoring indicates that our example was used for the latter game (Chevrons and Diamonds Collection).

This scorecard originates from what is often referred to as the 1944 Army vs Navy World Series. This particular game (the sixth of 11) was played at Hickam Field, on September 30, 1944.  The Navy extended their win streak to six games with a 6-4 victory over the Army in front of 12,000 GIs.

This single sheet, utilitarian scorecard is printed on somewhat low-grade paper with a single-color (black, monochrome). The pages show some wear but the overall condition is very good. The corners are dog-eared and there are creases and piece of cellophane adhesive tape where the card was likely affixed to a scrapbook page.

This card was printed to be used for both games that were played at Hickam Field. Game Two, played on September 23, was the second victory for the Navy with a score of 8-2.

The Rosters for both of these last championship series games are nearly identical (to those in the other scorebooks from the series) with the same combination of major and minor leaguers along with a few semi-professionals and a collegiate ballplayer.

More talent resided within these two rosters than all of the major leagues had in 1944. In the eleven games played in front of the service members, the talent on the field was unparalleled leaving as the game’s best were in Hawaii.

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Army All-Stars:

#PlayerPositionFormer Team
10James AshworthCEldorado, Arkansas
9Bill LeonardCOakland
8Charley SilveraCKansas City
15Sid GautreauxCBrooklyn Dodgers
1Bill (Bob) DillingerIFToledo, Ohio
22Cornel George KohlmyerIFTyler, Texas
2Dario LodigianiIFChicago White Sox
6Joe GordonIFNew York Yankees
7Ferris FainIFSan Francisco Seals
12Don LangIFKansas City
3Walt JudnichOFSt. Louis Browns
4Joe  DiMaggioOFNew York Yankees
5Mike McCormickOFCincinnati Reds
11Hank EdwardsOFCleveland Indians
16Johnny BeazleyPSt. Louis Cardinals
19Eddie ErauttPHollywood
25Al LienPSan Francisco Seals
27Carl DeRosePAmsterdam
18Eddie FunkPFederalsburg, NY
21Don SchmidtPSemi-Pro
24Bill SchmidtPSacramento
13“Rugger” ArdizoiaPKansas City
23Dick MolbergPSemi-Pro
28Hal HairstonPHomestead Grays
30Lt. Col. Joe ClarkeCoachSemi-Pro
29Staff Sgt. John ShumbresCoachSemi-Pro
20Lt. J. T. WinsettManagerBrooklyn Dodgers
 Vincent GenegrassoTrainerSemi-Pro
The 1944 Serviceman’s World Series Army All-Stars roster. Having been sent stateside, Joe DiMaggio did not play in any Series games.
Printed on the back of the scorecard is the Navy’s roster (Chevrons and Diamonds Collection).

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.

Umpires: Supervisor: LT Bob Austin (Navy)
Charles Schartow (USMC) Chief C. B. Seybold (Navy), Bill Smigelski (Army)

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