Jul 4

Baseball Has Marked the Time

Thursday, July 4, 2019 12:01 AM


There are few things that define a nation like its traditions. For the United States, it’s turkey for Thanksgiving, fireworks on the 4th of July, apple pie, hot dogs, cracker jacks, and baseball. The game is not only a part of everyday life, it has also found a home in the U.S. Navy.

Below are a collection of photos showing the history of sailors enjoying America’s pastime over the last 150 years.

Naval Academy Baseball Team, 1870 (U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archive)


Naval Academy Baseball Team, 1873 (U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archives)


USS Chicago (CA-14) Baseball Club, ca. 1889 (NHHC)


Officers’ Baseball Team, U.S. Naval Academy, ca. 1895 (NHHC)


USS West Virginia (ACR-5) baseball team, Pacific Fleet champions in 1909, 1910 & 1911, pose with their trophies & banner. (NHHC)


Members of the USS Oklahoma (BB-37) baseball team and other crewmen in 1920. The team were division champions that year. In left center is Commanding Officer Captain Noble E. Irwin with mascot dog. (NHHC)


A game between West Point and Annapolis played at the Naval Academy in 1928. West Point won. (U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archives)


USS Hogan (DD-178) baseball team. “Radford” Ryan and Lieutenant Ryan sit in the middle of the team (U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archives)


Baseball team of the USS Arizona (BB-39) (U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archives)


A baseball exhibition game is held at “Gab-Gab” Fleet Recreation Area, Guam, July 1945. Note the close proximity of warships in the harbor. (NHHC)


Americans invade Iceland with American game of baseball. On the rough, rugged shores of Falcon landing, Hvalfjordur, Iceland, against a stadium-wall of snow capped mountains, officers from USS Wichita (CA-45), flagship of the Iceland fleet, take a couple of hours off duty to compete with one another in a softball game. (NHHC)


Sailors play a variety of sports on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier, ca. World War II, including baseball. (NHHC)


Navy field player tags out an opponent at home plate.(U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archive)


With cold calculation, Richard W. Caron, YNC (SS), USN, unwinds the first toss in the historic premiere North Pole baseball game. The umpire with frozen stare and cold heart is A. V. Jarvis, HML (SS), USN, 25 August 1960. (U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archives)


Strike! ca. 1981 (U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archives)


Baseball game at sea ca. 1990 (U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archives)


The U. S. Navy Baseball Team holds up the Commander Lawrence S. Jackman Trophy after defeating the Marine Corps 5-3, during the 14th annual Navy vs. USMC game, on 20 July 2003. (USN Daniel A. Jones)



Navy pitcher Jonathan Berkowitz throws during the second of two Navy vs. Air Force games at the annual Service Academy Spring Classic Baseball Tournament on 22 February 2008. (USN John Collins)


Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class Michael S. Parmer, assigned to the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19), prepares to catch the pitch during a baseball game between USA Military Baseball Team Pacific and the Baseball First League All-Stars from Osaka, Japan on 28 July 2017. (USN Patrick Semales)


Happy Fourth of July (USN Chad M. Trudeau)