1942 Great Lakes vs Chanute Field at Comiskey Park

Great Lakes Naval Training Station line-up and roster (Courtesy of the Chuck Ailsworth Collection).

This game played on July 2, 1942 against Chanute Field (located in Campaign County, Illinois) was home to the 99th Pursuit Squadron (known as the “Red Tails”), constituted from U.S. Army Air Forces aviators trained at Tuskegee and Maxwell Fields in Alabama. The scorecard is a single sheet of card stock with each team line-up, roster and scoring grid occupying a face of the card.

Most-likely inserted into a Chicago White Sox game day scorecard or program, this piece is a single page, two sides bi-folded card that was printed by the White Sox.

GLTNS Bluejackets Chanute Field
Number Player Position Number Player Position
19 Ernie Andres 3B 12 Bushong 2B
15 Jim Basso OF 2 Tominsek 3B
12 Frank Baumholtz CF 8 Gittens CF
20 Cliff Clay P 9 Scheffler 1B
3 Mickey Cochrane MGR/C 4 Corbin RF
24 Hugh Dickie 7 Haack C
14 Don Dunker P 6 Scalise LF
26 Herm Fishman P 5 Riha SS
27 Don Godfredsen P 1 Walkup
9 Joe Grace RF 3 Mathews
10 Chester Hajduk 1B 14 Hammes
7 Sam Harshaney C 15 Goemer
17  Hinkle Coach 16 Fritsch
16 Dick Klein P 17 Stover
11 John Lucadello SS 18 Venable
7 Mike Lurel IF 19 Kays
2 Benny McCoy 2B 23 Gentalmon
22 O. V. Mulkey Coach 24 Bilak
8 Don Padgett LF 25 Pronold
18 Frankie Pytlak C 26 Davis Coach
25 Jim Reninger P 27 Alfrey Coach
23 Johnny Rigney P 28 Kuhn Coach
21  Lee Williams P LT G.J. McEniry Manager

The Chanute team was a member of the Bluejackets’ service team league but this game was played in Comiskey Field to provide opportunity for Chicago-area fans to see the teams play while helping to raise money (from ticket and concessions sales) for Army and Navy Relief.

Chanute Field Lineup and roster (Courtesy of the Chuck Ailsworth Collection).

The Bluejackets won 7-1 behind the pitching of Johnny Rigney in his return to his home field.

This scorecard was provided, courtesy of the Chuck Ailsworth Collection.

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