Great Lakes vs Toledo – Navy Relief Fund
Exhibition games between service and professional teams were held throughout World War II. This scorecard from July 15, 1942 was created for a doubleheader – an early contest between the Columbus Red Birds and the Toledo Mud Hens (both of the American Association) and the main event that saw the Toledo team host Mickey Cochrane’s Great Lakes Naval Training Station’s Bluejackets.
This single sheet of heavy card stock is printed on two sides and is folded into thirds, providing a six-page card that includes rosters and scoring grids for both games of the doubleheader. As was standard in the professional game, this scorecard features a significant number of advertisements (including two full pages).
The two American Association teams (Columbus and Toledo) would each see a significant number of the men on these two rosters filling spots on service team rosters in the months following this game – a few even donned the uniform of Great Lakes.
|Toledo Mud Hens||Columbus Red Birds|
|8||Beau Bell||LF||15||Chuck Aleno||1B|
|9||Jack Bradsher||LF||4||John Antonelli||3B|
|22||Jim Bucher||2B||16||Frank Barrett||P|
|7||Milt Byrnes||CF||12||Augie Bergamo||UT|
|2||Mark Christman||SS||7||Rae Blaemire||C|
|17||Bill Cox||P||8||Harry Brecheen||P|
|12||Bob Dillinger||3B||18||Ken Burkhart||P|
|11||Art Keller||CF||14||Bill Crouch||P|
|14||Harry Kimberlin||P||23||Frank Gabler||P|
|20||Johnny Marcum||P||6||Jim Gleeson||CF|
|18||Archie McKain||P||11||Tommy Heath||C|
|21||Fritz Ostermueller||P||9||Lou Klein||SS|
|19||Roy Parmelee||P||3||Eddie Lukon||LF|
|1||Ray Parrott||RF||10||Howie Moss||UT|
|23||Ewald Pyle||P||20||Red Munger||P|
|15||Fred Sanford||P||24||George Myatt||RF|
|3||Carl Schultz||UT||19||Preacher Roe||P|
|9||Hal Spindel||CF||17||Ted Wilks||P|
|4||Chuck Stevens||1B||5||Dib Williams||1B|
|16||Lin Storti||UT||2||Pep Young||2B|
|10||Fred Haney||Mgr.||1||Eddie Dyer||Mgr.|
In the second game of the double-header, the Mud Hens hosted Mickey Cochrane’s Great Lakes Naval Training Station Bluejackets, defeating the sailors 7-3.
|Toledo Mud Hens||Great Lakes NTS Bluejackets|
|8||Beau Bell||LF||10||Chester Hajduk||1B|
|9||Jack Bradsher||LF||2||Benny McCoy||2B|
|22||Jim Bucher||2B||19||Ernie Andres||3B|
|7||Milt Byrnes||CF||11||John Lucadello||SS|
|2||Mark Christman||SS||8||Don Padgett||LF|
|17||Bill Cox||P||15||Earl Bolyard||CF|
|12||Bob Dillinger||3B||9||Joe Grace||RF|
|11||Art Keller||CF||18||Frankie Pytlak||C|
|14||Harry Kimberlin||P||7||Sam Harshaney||C|
|20||Johnny Marcum||P||17||Russ Meers||P|
|18||Archie McKain||P||23||Johnny Rigney||P|
|21||Fritz Ostermueller||P||25||Jim Reninger||P|
|19||Roy Parmelee||P||20||Cliff Clay||P|
|1||Ray Parrott||RF||14||Don Dunker||P|
|23||Ewald Pyle||P||16||Dick Klein||P|
|15||Fred Sanford||P||26||Herman Fishman||p|
|3||Carl Schultz||UT||27||Don Godfredson||p|
|9||Hal Spindel||CF||3||Mickey Cochrane||Mgr.|
The crowd that this game drew was nearly 10,000 strong and was one of the largest to see a Toledo game (at Swayne Field) and the loss to Toledo was only the eighth in 50 games already played in the 1942 season.
This scorecard was obtained from one of the men (Toledo’s first baseman, Chuck Stevens) who played for Toledo and would find later enlist into the U.S. Army Air Forces and find himself assigned to the 6th Ferrying Group, Wheeler Air Field (in Hawaii) and as part of the Air Force’s 1945 Pacific Island tours.