Baseball in Wartime

Baseball's Greatest Sacrifice


Service Games in Europe

 

 United States    Pacific

 

First American Military Game in Europe in WWII - Northern Ireland - 1942

Date

Location

Result

Winning Team

Losing Team

Highlights

Apr 25, 1942

nr Belfast, N Ireland

14-4

3rd Batt, 133rd Inf Regt

2nd Batt, 133rd Inf Regt

Robert Lange (winning pitcher)

 

First Officially Recognized American Military Game in N Ireland Since WWI - Northern Ireland - 1942

Date

Location

Result

Winning Team

Losing Team

Highlights

Jul 4, 1942

Belfast, N Ireland

3-2

34th Inf Midwest Giants

1st Armored Kentucky Wildcats

h

 

Canadian Forces - American Forces - England - 1942

Date

Location

Result

Winning Team

Losing Team

Highlights

Aug 3, 1942

London, England

5-3

Canadian Army

US Army

h

 

988th Military Police Company (Aviation) - 1943 Season

Date

Location

Result

Winning Team

Losing Team

May 3, 1943 Watford, England 9-5 988th MP Fliers 8th Fighter Command
May 9, 1943 Orpington, England 12-0 988th MP Fliers 423rd Signal Corps
May 17, 1943 Norbiton, England 8-6 988th MP Fliers 901st Eng Company
May 19, 1943 London, England 16-0 988th MP Fliers 2013th Eng Company
May 22, 1943 Kingston, England 15-0 988th MP Fliers 952nd Eng Company
May 30, 1943 Maidenhead, England 4-1 988th MP Fliers 8th Air Force Service Company
Jun 7, 1943 Hounslow, England 10-0 988th MP Fliers Canadian All-Stars
Jun 9, 1943 London, England 2-0 988th MP Fliers CBS Clowns
Jun 13, 1943 Horley, England 9-5 988th MP Fliers Canadian General Hospital
Jun 16, 1943 High Wycombe, England 2-1 8th Air Force Bomber Command 988th MP Fliers
Jun 21, 1943 Norwich, England 10-4 8th Air Force Bomber Command 988th MP Fliers
Jun 24, 1943 London, England 7-3 952nd Engineer Company 988th MP Fliers
Jun 27, 1943 Southall, England 13-5 988th MP Fliers 423rd Signal Company
Jun 30, 1943 London, England 8-4 CBS Clowns 988th MP Fliers
Jul 4, 1943 Watford, England 6-4 8th Fighter Command 988th MP Fliers
Jul 9, 1943 London, England 3-2 988th MP Fliers 55th Supply Depot
Jul 14, 1943 Hurst Park, England 8-2 988th MP Fliers 1982nd Truck Company
Jul 16, 1943 Addlestone, England 6-4 988th MP Fliers 8th Air Force Service Command
Jul 23, 1943 London, England 3-2 988th MP Fliers 901st Engineer Company
Jul 28, 1943 London, England 9-4 988th MP Fliers 8th Air Force HQ
Jul 30, 1943 Horley, England 19-6 988th MP Fliers Canadian General Hospital

 

Eighth Air Force - Ground Forces - England - 1943

Date

Location

Result

Winning Team

Losing Team

Highlights

Aug 8, 1943

London, England

1-0

Eighth Air Force

US Army Ground Forces

Bill Brech no-hitter

 

Ninth Air Force - Ground Forces - England - 1944

Date

Location

Result

Winning Team

Losing Team

Highlights

Jun 3, 1944

London, England

9-0

Ninth Air Force

CBS Clowns

Chuck Eisenmann shutout

 

988th Military Police Company (Aviation) - 1944 Season

Date

Location

Result

Winning Team

Losing Team

May 3, 1943 Watford, England 9-5 988th MP Fliers 8th Fighter Command
May 9, 1943 Orpington, England 12-0 988th MP Fliers 423rd Signal Corps
May 17, 1943 Norbiton, England 8-6 988th MP Fliers 901st Eng Company
May 19, 1943 London, England 16-0 988th MP Fliers 2013th Eng Company
May 22, 1943 Kingston, England 15-0 988th MP Fliers 952nd Eng Company
May 30, 1943 Maidenhead, England 4-1 988th MP Fliers 8th Air Force Service Company
Jun 7, 1943 Hounslow, England 10-0 988th MP Fliers Canadian All-Stars
Jun 9, 1943 London, England 2-0 988th MP Fliers CBS Clowns
Jun 13, 1943 Horley, England 9-5 988th MP Fliers Canadian General Hospital
Jun 16, 1943 High Wycombe, England 2-1 8th Air Force Bomber Command 988th MP Fliers
Jun 21, 1943 Norwich, England 10-4 8th Air Force Bomber Command 988th MP Fliers
Jun 24, 1943 London, England 7-3 952nd Engineer Company 988th MP Fliers
Jun 27, 1943 Southall, England 13-5 988th MP Fliers 423rd Signal Company
Jun 30, 1943 London, England 8-4 CBS Clowns 988th MP Fliers
Jul 4, 1943 Watford, England 6-4 8th Fighter Command 988th MP Fliers
Jul 9, 1943 London, England 3-2 988th MP Fliers 55th Supply Depot
Jul 14, 1943 Hurst Park, England 8-2 988th MP Fliers 1982nd Truck Company
Jul 16, 1943 Addlestone, England 6-4 988th MP Fliers 8th Air Force Service Command
Jul 23, 1943 London, England 3-2 988th MP Fliers 901st Engineer Company
Jul 28, 1943 London, England 9-4 988th MP Fliers 8th Air Force HQ
Jul 30, 1943 Horley, England 19-6 988th MP Fliers Canadian General Hospital

 

Third Army Championship Series - Germany - 1945

Date

Location

Result

Winning Team

Losing Team

Highlights

unknown

Augsburg, Germany

1-0

76th Div Onaways

71st Div Red Circlers

Ken Trinkle 4-hitter

Aug 11, 1945

Augsburg, Germany

7-0

71st Div Red Circlers

76th Div Onaways

Ewell Blackwell no-hitter

Aug 12, 1945

Augsburg, Germany

2-1 (12 innings)

71st Div Red Circlers

76th Div Onaways

Bill Ayres (winning pitcher)

Aug 12, 1945

Augsburg, Germany

4-2

76th Div Onaways

71st Div Red Circlers

Tom Reis (winning pitcher)

Aug 13, 1945

Augsburg, Germany

5-0

71st Div Red Circlers

76th Div Onaways

Blackwell two-hitter - Ramazzotti homer

 

US Army Ground Forces Championship Series - Germany - 1945

Date

Location

Result

Winning Team

Losing Team

Highlights

Aug 21, 1945

Mannheim, Germany

2-1

71st Div Red Circlers

29th Infantry Div

Ewell Blackwell (4 hits, 9 strike outs)

Aug 25, 1945

Nurnberg, Germany

3-1

71st Div Red Circlers

29th Infantry Div

Bill Ayres two-hitter

Aug 26, 1945

Nurnberg, Germany

6-3

71st Div Red Circlers

29th Infantry Div

 

 

ETO World Series - Germany/France - 1945

Date

Location

Result

Winning Team

Losing Team

Highlights

Sep 2, 1945

Nurnberg, Germany

9-2

71st Div Red Circlers

OISE All-Stars

Ewell Blackwell allows only five hits

Sep 3, 1945

Nurnberg, Germany

2-1

OISE All-Stars

71st Div Red Circlers

Leon Day allows only 4 hits

Sep 6, 1945

Rheims, France

2-1

OISE All-Stars

71st Div Red Circlers

Blackwell's first defeat of year

Sep 7, 1945

Rheims, France

5-0

71st Div Red Circlers

OISE All-Stars

Two-run home run by Harry Walker

Sep 8, 1945

Nurnberg, Germany

2-1

OISE All-Stars

71st Div Red Circlers

Nahem and Rob Keane beat Blackwell

 

13th Airborne Division - 1945 Season

Date

Location

Result

Winning Team

Losing Team

Jun 6, 1945

Auxerre, France

13-0

13th Airborne Black Cats

1343rd Eng Batt

Jun 7, 1945

Paris, France

10-5

13th Airborne Black Cats

48th Gen Hosp

Jun 8, 1945

Paris, France

12-4

13th Airborne Black Cats

1st Gen Hosp

Jun 9, 1945

Paris, France

3-0

Seine Base Clowns

13th Airborne Black Cats

Jun 10, 1945

Paris, France

9-0

13th Airborne Black Cats

685th Ordnance Depot

Jun 12, 1945

St Trond, Belgium

2-1

13th Airborne Black Cats

386th Bomb Group

Jun 15, 1945

Auxerre, France

12-4

13th Airborne Black Cats

Seine Base Clowns

Jun 16, 1945

Sens, France

11-6

13th Airborne Black Cats

Seine Base Clowns

Jun 17, 1945

Auxerre, France

8-0

13th Airborne Black Cats

685th Ordnance Depot

Jun 18, 1945

Auxerre, France

10-8

442nd Troop Car Cmd

13th Airborne Black Cats

Jun 19, 1945

Sens, France

9-0

13th Airborne Black Cats

UK All Stars

Jun 20, 1945

Auxerre, France

7-6

13th Airborne Black Cats

UK All Stars

Jun 21, 1945

Joigny, France

2-1

13th Airborne Black Cats

UK All Stars

Jun 25, 1945

Reims, France

12-2

13th Airborne Black Cats

291st Infantry Regiment

Jun 26, 1945

Reims, France

6-4

291st Infantry Regiment

13th Airborne Black Cats

Jun 27, 1945

Reims, France

18-4

13th Airborne Black Cats

291st Infantry Regiment

Jun 28, 1945

Auxerre, France

5-2

13th Airborne Black Cats

787th MP Battalion

Jun 29, 1945

Sens, France

8-6

13th Airborne Black Cats

787th MP Battalion

Jun 30, 1945

Sens, France

6-2

13th Airborne Black Cats

Le Havre All Stars

Jun 31, 1945

Sens, France

6-3

13th Airborne Black Cats

Le Havre All Stars

Jul 1, 1945

Sens, France

26-1

13th Airborne Black Cats

Le Havre All Stars

Jul 2, 1945

Sens, France

10-2

13th Airborne Black Cats

Le Havre All Stars

Jul 3, 1945

Sens, France

14-0

13th Airborne Black Cats

Le Havre All Stars

Jul 4, 1945

Sens, France

14-3

13th Airborne Black Cats

Le Havre All Stars

Jul 8, 1945

London, England

4-0

13th Airborne Black Cats

UK All Stars

Jul 14, 1945

Compiegne, France

8-4

13th Airborne Black Cats

16th Replacement Depot

Jul 15, 1945

Compiegne, France

7-6

13th Airborne Black Cats

16th Replacement Depot

Jul 17, 1945

Compiegne, France

20-0

13th Airborne Black Cats

XVI Corps

Jul 18, 1945

Compiegne, France

11-2

13th Airborne Black Cats

66th Infantry Division

Jul 19, 1945

Compiegne, France

5-2

13th Airborne Black Cats

17th Infantry Division

Jul 23, 1945

Compiegne, France

5-1

13th Airborne Black Cats

75th Infantry Division

Jul 24, 1945

Compiegne, France

14-4

13th Airborne Black Cats

XVI Corps

Jul 25, 1945

Compiegne, France

8-3

13th Airborne Black Cats

89th Infantry Division

Jul 26, 1945

Compiegne, France

2-1

66th Infantry Division

13th Airborne Black Cats

Jul 27, 1945

Compiegne, France

2-1

13th Airborne Black Cats

75th Infantry Division

Jul 28, 1945

Compiegne, France

2-1

13th Airborne Black Cats

89th Infantry Division

Jul 29, 1945

Compiegne, France

9-0

13th Airborne Black Cats

17th Infantry Division

 

Phil Lowry's Military Marathon Games

20 innings – Goat (later Yerba Buena) Island, San Francisco, California - 9/15/1917 – Oakland Naval Training Station Sailors 1 Oakland Vampires 0 in 3:10.

 

20 innings – Base Section One, U.S. Army Base, Europe – before 6/18/1919 – U.S. Army Base Section One League – Camp Number Four Base Section 6 Camp Dodge 5.

 

23 innings – Langley Flying Field, Hampton, Virginia – ?/??/1923 – US Army at US Army Air Force – Fort Monroe Artillerymen 2 Langley Field (later Air Force Base) Birdmen 2.

 

20 innings – Gowdy Field, Fort Benning, Georgia - 7/30/1927 – Fort Benning Army League – 24th Infantry Blues 3 1st Battalion 29th Infantry 2 in 4:00.

 

20 innings – Camp McCoy or Whitehall, Wisconsin – 5/10/1942 – US Army vs. Amateur – Camp McCoy 5 Whitehall 4.

 

21 innings – Third Marine Division (later Trimble) Field, Guam – 5/6/1945 – 41st US Navy Construction Battalion Seabees 2 US Navy Air Base 1 – 1000 fans.

20 innings – Cartier Field, South Bend, Indiana – 7/14/1945 – United States Army Air Force at NCAA – Notre Dame University Fighting Irish 1 Indianapolis Stout Field Airmen 0.

 

20 innings – Memorial Ball Park, Atwater, California – 8/4/1953 – National Congress - Fort Ord Warriors 2 San Diego Naval Air Station Skyraiders 1 in 4:40 – 3100 fans - finished at 12:55 AM in the early morning of 8/5.

 

FINISHED AFTER 1 AM – Delta Company Desperados Field ‘Afar, Tell ‘Afar, Iraq - 10/20/2003 – United States Army 101st Airborne Division League – Hunter Marshall’s Team vs. Adam Kamann’s Team.

 

 

The above list has been very kindly shared with us by Phil Lowry of Minnetonka, Minnesota. It is a small representation of three lists: every baseball game which has ever lasted 20 or more innings, five or more hours, or ended after 1 AM. 44 years of research have gone into these three lists. Thanks for sharing, Phil.

If you know of any marathon games that have been omitted, please contact Phil Lowry via e-mail at plowry1176@aol.com so that he can update the lists. Thank you.

 

 

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