Norfolk Naval Training Station

During World War II, there were two Navy baseball teams that had the benefit of obtaining the pick of the former professional baseball players as then entered Naval service for wartime duty. The two principle training facilities for the Navy Department were located at Great Lakes, just north of Chicago and Norfolk (San Diego Naval Training Center was also in operation but did not feature a baseball team at the level of the two Eastern locations).

Led by former major league manager and future Hall of Famer Gordon “Mickey” Cochrane, the “Bluejackets” at Great Lakes was subjectively the strongest domestic Navy team of the war but Norfolk, led by career sailor, Chief Signalman (and later Bosun) Gary Bodie fielded a veritable team of all-stars including future Hall of Famers Bob Feller and Phil Rizzuto.

On this page you will see all of the Norfolk Naval Training Station-related artifacts in the Chevrons and Diamonds Collection gathered in a single location.


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