1944 All Pacific Recreation Fund – Service All-Stars vs Los Angeles & Hollywood

Like so many wartime sports programs and scorebooks, this (All Pacific Recreation Fund) one, though simple, features Uncle Sam prominently situated on the globe.

Building upon the success of the 1943 All Pacific Recreation Fund game between the Service All-Stars and the Pacific Coast League’s Los Angeles Angels and Hollywood Stars, actor/comedian Joe. E. Brown scheduled another fundraiser game between the two squads. The rosters featured many of the same faces with the Service Team All-Stars roster seeing the loss of Joe DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky along with a few other key players. The formula was the same as the previous year’s game regarding the rotation of the two Coast League squads at the game’s mid-point. The game was played at Gilmore Field in Los Angeles (home of the Angels) and raised more than $71,000 (see: Service All-Stars Raising Funds on the Diamond for their Comrades in the Trenches), outperforming the 1943 game.

 

The 1944 Service All Stars roster.

Nearly identical to the 1943 edition, this program is a booklet with multiple page of content with feature articles that detailed the motivation for the Fund and the 1944 game.

Major League talent anchored the Service All Stars.

 

 

This scorecard was acquired in 2019 at auction

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