Baseball in the Navy


Admiral Chester Nimitz throwing out the first ball in an exhibition baseball game in Oahu, Hawaii, 1942. Photo courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command.

Memorial Day is right around the corner, and as I was researching baseball and the military I stumbled upon a few really cool photos. I’ll post more about baseball players we lost in times of war on Monday. For now, enjoy these cool photos.

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

 

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Sailors playing baseball on the deck of an U.S. Navy aircraft carrier (sometime between 1947 and 1963). Photo courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command.

 

A baseball exhibition game is held at "Gab-Gab" Fleet Recreation Area, Guam, July 1945. Note the close proximity of warships in the harbor. Courtesy FADM Nimitz.

Baseball exhibition game at at the U.S. Navy Fleet Recreation Area, Guam, July 1945. Photo courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command.

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Baseball in the Navy


The U.S. Navy was established on October 13, 1775, when the Continental Congress authorized the creation of the Continental Navy. Baseball plays an important role in the Navy, as it does in other branches of the U.S. military. In fact, baseball has been associated with the Armed Forces at least since the Civil War.

In honor of the Navy’s birthday tomorrow, I’ve posted some footage of baseball being played aboard a naval battleship in the 1930s. Checkout the footage at about 1 minute, 40 seconds.

Enjoy!

~ baseballrebecca