Service World Series, 1944 – Hawaiian Islands

The 1944 Service World Series was a seven-game contest that pit All-Stars from the Army against Navy All-Stars to boost morale of the service members stationed around Oahu and for the benefit of the infirmed combat wounded who were recovered enough to attend the games. Scheduled independent of the seven-game series, the teams played two games on the island of Maui and then again at Hilo on Hawaii before concluding on Kauai. The series was a resounding success for the GIs who could witness the games and the Navy handedly defeated the Army, sweeping them in the first four games to claim the championship. The decision was made at that point to continue playing the remaining games despite the Navy’s victory in Game Four. The Army won the final game, 5-3 at Furlong Field.

The scorecards and programs used over the course of the 11 games varied dependent upon venue. All of the games at Furlong Field shared the same design with the only difference being the date printed at the bottom of the front cover. The two games at Hickam shared the same scorecard as both dates, September 23 and 30, are printed on all copies. A 14-page program used for for Game Four at Naval Air Station Kaneohe Bay was the most complex piece that included player photos for most of the men on each roster. The scorecard used at Schofield Barracks’ Redlander Field on September 25 remains the only unknown of the first seven games.

Original Seven-Game Series

GameTeamsVenueGame DateOutcome
Game 1 – Service World SeriesArmy All-Stars vs Navy All StarsFurlong Field, CHA3, Pearl Harbor, T.H.Friday,
September 22, 1944
5-0
(Navy)
Game 2 – Service World SeriesArmy All-Stars vs Navy All StarsHickam Field,
Pearl Harbor, T.H.
Saturday,
September 23, 1944
8-2
(Navy)
Game 3 – Service World SeriesArmy All-Stars vs Navy All StarsRedlander Field,
Schofield Barracks, Honolulu, T.H.
Monday,
September 25, 1944
4-3
(Navy)
Game 4 – Service World Series*Army All-Stars vs Navy All StarsNAS Kaneohe Bay,
Oahu, T.H.
Wednesday,
September 27, 1944
10-5 (Navy)
Game 5 – Service World Series*Army All-Stars vs Navy All StarsFurlong Field, CHA3, Pearl Harbor, T.HThursday,
September 28, 1944
12-2 (Navy)
Game 6 – Service World Series*Army All-Stars vs Navy All StarsHickam Field,
Pearl Harbor, HI
Saturday,
September 30, 1944
6-4 (Navy)
Game 7 – Service World Series*Army All-Stars vs Navy All StarsFurlong Field, CHA3
Pearl Harbor, HI
Sunday, October 1, 19445-3 (Army)
*” denotes item is part of the Chevrons and Diamonds private collection.

With the departure of Phil Rizzuto and Dom DiMaggio who returned to Melbourne, Australia and Pee Wee Reese who remained on Oahu, the Navy lost some of their potent offense and strong defense which allowed the Army to claim their second victory on October 5 on Maui and tying the Navy at Hoolulu Park at Hilo the next day. The Navy capped the series with their eighth win in the 11th game.

Army vs Navy All-Star Series played Maui, Hawaii and Kauai

GameTeamsVenueDateOutcome
Game 8 – Service World SeriesArmy All-Stars vs Navy All StarsMaui, HIWednesday,
October 4, 1944
11-0 (Navy)
Game 9 – Service World SeriesArmy All-Stars vs Navy All StarsMaui, HIThursday,
October 5, 1944
6-5 (Army)
Game 10 – Service World Series*Army All-Stars vs Navy All StarsHoolulu Park,
Hilo, HI
Friday,
October 6, 1944
6-6 (Tie)
Game 11 – Service World SeriesArmy All-Stars vs Navy All StarsKukuiolono Park, Kauai, HISunday,
October 15, 1944
Navy (6-5)

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