Baseball in Wartime - Service Games

Baseball in Wartime

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Service Games in Europe

 

 United States    Pacific

 

1942  1943  1944  1945

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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