Central Pacific Area Service League Aiea Hospital vs 7th AAF
Aside from the much more documented games between the Navy and Army All-Star teams played around Hawaii during the fall of 1944, there is significantly less information available regarding the league play in the Central Pacific Area Service League season play. Taking a deeper dive into researching these games, will be dependent upon culling data from better sources (which could require expending resources for access to archives – both online and in person). Sourcing a game summary or a box score from the August 25, 1944 game played between Hickam’s 7th Army Air Forces ball club and the Aiea Naval Hospital team in conjunction with league standings, team records and perhaps a season schedule would help to determine the significance (if any) of this match-up.
The match-up between the Aiea Naval Hospital and Seventh Army Air Forces teams was held (barring any schedule changes subsequent to the printing of the scorecard) was held less than a month prior to the 1944 Army/Navy All-Star Championship Series. According to a game two summary from that series, the 7th AAF team was a recent victor of the regular season league play.
“Played exclusively for servicemen, 20,000 of them crowded into Furlong Stadium for each contest. Lt Tom Winsett, formerly of the Senators and Dodgers, managed the Army team, composed of Seventh AAF players, who had just captured the Hawaii Senior League championship.” – source: baseballinwartime.com
Without the specifics of the league play, it is difficult to determine if this 25 August game was part of that league championship or a subsequent game ahead of the all-star build-up that was taking place in anticipation of the upcoming Army vs Navy series. However, one of the more heavily reproduced and readily available internet photographs that shows Joe DiMaggio and Harold “Pee Wee” Reese signing baseballs for their respective commanding flag officers includes a caption that doesn’t make sense in light of the details of this scorecard.
The rosters as printed do contain a few errors and typos which have been corrected in the transcription below. With this line-up of professional ballplayers matched up against the more amateur roster of Aiea (and the rest of the league), it is no wonder that the 7th Army Air Force team locked up the league championship. However, their success was the Army’s undoing as the Navy brass, amid the string of combat victories as the Japanese were being pushed back towards their homeland in a losing effort defending their previously expanded territory, began to pull stars from their ranks throughout both combat theaters (and domestically) to settle the score with the Army.
|Aiea Hospital||7th Army Air Force|
|LT. (jg) Neuman||Coach||J. Winsett (manager)||Brooklyn Dodgers|
|C. Ph. Templeton||Manager||J. DiMaggio||New York Yankees|
|H. Reese||Brooklyn Dodgers||C. Ruffing||New York Yankees|
|V. Olsen||Chicago Cubs||M. McCormack||Cincinnati Reds|
|G. Dickey||Chicago White Sox||W. Judnich||St. Louis Browns|
|J. Carlin||Philadelphia Phillies||D. Lodigiani||Chicago White Sox|
|H. Feimster||Boston Red Sox||F. Fain||San Francisco Seals|
|E. Shokes||Syracuse||A. Lien||San Francisco Seals|
|L. Moyers||Williamsport||W. Leonard||Oakland, CA|
|L. Fleagle||Cedar Rapids||W. A. Smith (Schmidt)||Sacramento, CA|
|R. Cookus||Phoenix||R. Ardizoia||Kansas City|
|F. McCallister||Semi-Pro||C. Kohlmeyer||Tyler, TX|
|F. Dompier||Semi-Pro||Gedzius||Oklahoma City|
|O. Stammerman||Semi-Pro||J. Hill||Pensacola, FL|
|J. White||Semi-Pro||C. Silvera||Wellsville|
|C. Craig||Semi-Pro||H. Hairston||Homestead Grays|
|C. Fabrizi||Semi-Pro||E. Funk||Federalsburg|
|W. Lockwood||Semi-Pro||C. DeRose||Amsterdam|
|C. Burton||Semi-Pro||Don Smith||Seton Hall College|
|F. Burton||Semi-Pro||E. Jaab||Moline|
|R. Ferguson||Semi-Pro||J. Andre||Honolulu League|
|W. Spears||Semi-Pro||F. Saul||Semi-Pro|
|Umpires: Smiglski, Morse, Moore|
This scorecard surfaced in early 2018 at (online) auction. The four page layout and design is nearly identical to the scorecard used for Game Seven of the Army vs Navy All Star Championship series that was played the following month.