1943 Great Lakes vs Lambert Naval Air Station

This card was most-likely produced by the St. Louis Browns as the game between the Bluejackets and NAS Lambert Field immediately preceded a regular season Browns game against the Visiting Yankees (Courtesy of the Chuck Ailsworth Collection).

“Luke Sewell Could Use Em Now!”
This photo appeared in the August 15 St. Louis Post-Dispatch spotlighting four former St. Louis Browns now playing for Great Lakes,

This scorecard of the August 14, 1943 game between the visiting Great Lakes Naval Training Station Bluejackets hosted by the Naval Air Station, Lambert Field (St. Louis, Missouri) shows that the field was dominated by (essentially two squads of) major leaguers. On the cover. This exhibition was the early game (the second of a three game series against the Lambert Navy Wings) was part of a double-header with the St. Louis Browns hosting the New York Yankees in the later game that evening.



The three-color (black/red/blue) printing is vibrant on the scorecard pages. Here, the full listing of Bluejackets players is invaluable for research (Courtesy of the Chuck Ailsworth Collection).


GLTNS Bluejackets NAS Lambert Navy Wings
Number Player Position Number Player Position
19 Frank Biscan P 1 Robert Stapenhorst P
22 Earle Bolyard OF 3  Olsen P
2  Dan Casey OF 4 Val Heim OF
3 Mickey Cochrane MGR/C 5 Frank “Skeeter” Scalzi IF
25 George “Skeets” Dickey C 7 Buddy Blattner IF
14 Marv Felderman C 8 Johnny Berardino IF
8 Tom Ferrick P 9  Grant OF
17 Carl Fiore 3B 10 Bob Scheffing C
9 Joe Grace RF 11 Dick Sisler OF
27 Pete Hader P 12 Hal Schumacher P
20 Chester Hajduk 2B 14  Fisher IF
24 Bob Harris P 15  Pfeifer OF
17 Thomas Madden IF 17 Bill Mueller OF
15 Barney McCoskey CF 19 Emil Kush P
7 Glenn McQuillen LF 20 Boris “Babe” Martin OF
31 Johnny Mize 1B 21  Tydings C
26 Leo Nonnemkamp RF  Martin C
23 Vern Olsen P  Sach OF
12 Eddie Pellagrini SS
10 Warren  Robinson C
18 Johnny Schmitz P


Though the original owner didn’t keep score past the third inning, the game was documented (Courtesy of the Chuck Ailsworth Collection).

The Lambert Navy Wings handed Great Lakes a 7-2 loss in this second game of their season series, getting to Frank Biscan and the rest of the Great Lakes team.  The first game in their series was two weeks prior in Chicago when Great Lakes, lead on the mound with the pitching from Frank Biscan, defeated Lambert, 7-3.

On August 15, the series went Great Lakes way with a route of Lambert on neutral ground in Quincy, Illinois, 125 miles north of St. Louis. The Bluejackets handed Lambert a 17-2 route and improved their season record to 43-10.

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

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