USFET GI World Series – September 2, 1945 Soldiers’ Field, Nuremberg
One of, if not the most scarce or rare of the wartime scorecards from notable service team games of World War II is this September 2, 1945 pierce that was produced for what was billed as the GI World Series games hosted at Soldiers’ Field at Nuremberg Stadium. This 8-1/2″ x 11″ single sheet of paper is printed on both sides with a center fold. The exterior panels are three-color printed (red, blue and black) while the interior panel (with the scoring grid and instructions) is monochrome black.
The series was a battle that the Oise All Stars won, three games to the 71st Infantry Red Circlers’ two – each team had split the home and road games prior to returning to Nuremberg for the fifth and deciding game. This scorecard was printed in advance of each team securing their semifinal victories and it appears that the “2” (for September 2nd) wasn’t added until the dates of the games were finalized.
Rosters and lineups were not included on the scorecard, most-likely due to the printing date occurring before the World Series teams were decided. The addition of the keeping-score instructions are a nice touch.
The back page of the 1945 GI World Series scorecard is an advert promoting the radio broadcast of the series throughout the region.
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