Game 4 – 1944 Service World Series, NAS Kaneohe Bay

Navy vs Army All-Stars| Fourth game in the Central Pacific Championship Series. Naval Air Station Kaneohe versus Fleet Air Wing Detachment (Chevrons and Diamonds Collection).

This scorecard originates from what is often referred to as the 1944 Army vs Navy World Series. This particular game (the fourth of 11) was played at Naval Air Station Kaneohe Bay on September 27, 1944. The ballpark seating held 7,000 but 10,000 GIs packed the stands and lined the field to watch a fourth consecutive victory for the Navy All-Stars as they pummeled the Army squad, 10-5.

View or download a printable copy of this entire program/scorecard.

This scorebook is one of the most desirable of the scorecards used during the seven-game series played on Oahu. Complete with player photos of the star players, this scorebook consists of multiple pages with the scorecard being left in an unused condition. The pages are printed on heavy paper stock and and show inconsistent oxidation with some pages more yellowed than others.

The centerfold section features the scoring grids and the player rosters (Chevrons and Diamonds Collection).

The Rosters for both of these last championship series games are nearly identical (to those in the other scorecards from the series) with the same combination of major and minor leaguers along with a few semi-professionals and a collegiate ballplayer.

Army All-Stars:

#PlayerPositionFormer Team
13Rugger ArdozoiaPKansas City Blues
10James AshworthCHelena
16Johnny BeazleyPSt. Louis Cardinals
30Joe ClarkeCoachSemi-Pro
17Bill DeCarloCMinneapolis (AA)
27Carl DeRosePAmsterdam
1Bob Dillinger3BToledo Mud Hens
4Joe DiMaggioCFNew York Yankees
11Hank EdwardsCCleveland Indians
19Eddie “Ace” ErauttPHollywood Stars
7Ferris Fain1BSan Francisco Seals
18Eddie FunkPFederalsburg, MD
15Sid GautreauxCBrooklyn Dodgers
6Joe GordonSSNew York Yankees
28Hal HairstonPHomestead Grays
3Walter JudnichRFSt. Louis Browns
22Kearney KohlmeyerSSTyler
12Don LangLFIndianapolis Indians
9Wilfred LeonardCOakland Oaks
25Al LienPSan Francisco Seals
2Dario Lodigiani2BChicago White Sox
5Mike McCormickLFCincinnati Reds
23Dick MolbergPSemi-Pro
24Bill SchmidtPSacramento Solons
21Don SchmidtPSemi-Pro
29J. SchumbresCoach 
8Charley SilveraCKansas City Blues
20Tom WinsettMgr.Brooklyn Dodgers
The 1944 Army All-Stars for the Servicemen’s World Series. Joe DiMaggio did not play in any of the Series games having been sent to the states before the first game.

Navy All-Stars:

#PlayerPositionFormer Team
12Jim AdairPMidland Cowboys
26Arne R. AndersonPWashington Senators
10Norman E. AtkinsonCSemi-Pro
9John BerryRFUniversity of Oregon
4Tom B. BishopSSSemi-Pro
17Al Brancato3BPhiladelphia Athletics
16Jim CarlinLFPhiladelphia Phillies
27Hugh CaseyPBrooklyn Dodgers
28Bill DickeyMgr.New York Yankees
15George “Skeets” DickeyCChicago White Sox
11Dominick DiMaggioCFBoston Red Sox
31Gordon EvansLFCharleston Senators
 Hank FeimsterPBoston Red Sox
18Marv FeldermanCChicago Cubs
31Tom FerrickPCleveland Indians
28Joe GraceRFSt. Louis Browns
29Jack HalletPPittsburgh Pirates
24Robert A. HarrisPPhiladelphia Athletics
20John Hubert Jeandron2BPort Arthur Tarpons
23A. Rankin JohnsonPPhiladelphia Athletics
6David LeiboldBat Boy 
5John Lucadello2BSt. Louis Browns
26Walter E. MastersonPWashington Senators
3Barney McCoskyCFDetroit Tigers
32Johnny Mize1BSt. Louis Cardinals
13Mo Mozzali CFLouisville, KY
30Vern OlsenPChicago Cubs
21Sal Recca3BNorfolk Tars
34Pee Wee ReeseSSBrooklyn Dodgers
2Phil RizzutoSSNew York Yankees
26Lynn “Schoolboy” RowePDetroit Tigers
30Wes SchulmerichAsst. Mgr.Boston Red Sox
14Ken “Ziggy” SearsCNew York Yankees
19Oscar M. SessionsPNavy
29Eddie Shokes1BCincinnati Reds
1Vince SmithCPittsburgh Pirates
22Virgil TrucksPDetroit Tigers
27Johnny Vander MeerPCincinnati Reds
For the 1944 Servicemen’s World Series, the Navy All-Stars seemed to hold the advantage.

Along with this program, the Chevrons and Diamonds Collection has 12 publicity photographs that were created during the 1944 season and used for league advertising as well as the Game 4 piece. Of the dozen images, 11 were obtained from Al Brancato’s personal memorabilia collection as he was diligent in capturing artifacts and building an impressive archive documenting his World War II service along with his professional career. The photo of Ferris Fain was obtained separately from an online auction and shows the future major leaguer in his 7th Army Air Force flannels.

Navy and Army publicity photos of the former professional ballplayers serving and playing on Oahu in 1944 (Chevrons and Diamonds Collection).

With 10,000 service members in attendance of this game at NAS Kaneohe Bay, the potential exists for there to be a fair number of surviving examples of this booklet. However, judging by the half-dozen that have come to market between 2014 and 2021, the few may have survived over the decades. Confirmed prices for those that have surfaced and sold range between $300-$450.

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