1944 Great Lakes vs Western Michigan All Stars

June 24, 1944,the Bluejackets were visiting Grand Rapids’ Bigelow Field to take on the Western Michigan All-Stars (Courtesy of the Chuck Ailsworth Collection).

June 24 1944 between Great Lakes and Grand Rapids All Stars.  The scorecard is like a paper placemat material with a decorative red edge. It is a single fold so folded it measures 9 and half inches by 6 and a quarter inches

The Bluejackets dominated the Western Michigan All-Stars, knocking their pitching around for 15 runs on 16 hits (Courtesy of the Chuck Ailsworth Collection).


GLTNS Bluejackets Western Michigan All Stars
Number Player Position Player Posit
Bill Baker C Jimmy Busch SS
3 Mickey Cochrane MGR/C Bud De Zwaan 1B
14 Al Glossop SS Wes Bigelow 2B
11  Harris RF Pat Mulvihill Util
16 Billy Herman 2B Frank Grudzinskas CF
19 Merrill May 3B Art Manley 3B
25 Johnny McCarthy 1B Stan Waelowski RF
7 Clyde McCullough C Ken Rotman LF
26 Mizell Platt LF Tom Krupa LF
31 Lynwood “Schoolboy” Rowe P Jack Bates RF
8 Gene “Junior” Thompson P Pete Milito C
22 Virgil Trucks P  Kowalski C
24 Dick West RF “Red” Biddle P
21 Gene Woodling CF Herm Snoeyink P
Cy Crandle P
Gust Afendoulis P


Despite being completely outmatched, Western Michigan managed 10 hits against the major league talent that they faced on the mound (Courtesy of the Chuck Ailsworth Collection).

Well over a month into the 1944 season, the Bluejackets were on a 17-game win streak heading into this late June game against the All-Stars in Grand Rapids. On a combined effort by Virgil Trucks and Lynn “Schoolboy” Rowe, Great Lakes handed the Western Michigan All Stars a 15-run shut-out. Despite being dominated by two star pitchers recently from the major leagues, the All-Stars managed 10 hits against Trucks and Rowe. Mickey Cochrane’s Bluejackets left Grand Rapids with their (now 18-game) win streak very much in tact.

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

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