United States Marine Corps Basketball Shorts, above photo.
These shorts are constructed from grey wool with red piping on sides and legs. The shorts are marked with a size tag: 34.
These shorts did not contain any other manufacturer markings.
Military Sports Equipment
Military sports were developed to promote physical exercise and competition between individual units and
branches of the United States Armed Forces. This was done to foster both morale and recreation.
During World War Two, the Army and Navy issued official sporting equipment. This equipment varied from
golf clubs to boxing equipment. Civilian companies that produced sporting equipment prior to World War
Two produced all of the sporting equipment used by the Armed Forces.

Sporting uniforms were worn for all events and carried the unit name, logo or branch. Some uniforms were
very basic, while others contained great detail and colors.
Army vs. Navy Football Game Ticket, above two photos.
This ticket stub is for the November 29th 1941 Army West Point Cadets vs. Naval Academy Midshipmen
Football game, at the Municipal Stadium Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The ticket is for seat 29 row 3. Price for this ticket was $4.40
Army Special Services Baseball Bat, Number 60 - Rudolph York, above three photos.
Equipment issued by the United States Army for sporting events was done by the Special Services. The baseball bat shown
above was made by Hillerich & Bradsby Co., Louisville Ky.
This baseball bat is signed by Rudolph York.
Preston Rudolph York (August 17, 1913 — February 5, 1970) was a Major League Baseball first baseman who played for the
Detroit Tigers (1934, 1937–45), Boston Red Sox (1946–47), Chicago White Sox (1947) and Philadelphia Athletics (1948). York
was born in Ragland, Alabama. He batted and threw right-handed.
York did not serve in the Armed Forces during World War Two.
Army Special Services First Baseman Glove or Mitt, Rawlings, above left photo.
This glove is made of dark brown leather and marked Rawlings on the bottom palm. The rear is marked SPECIAL SERVICES
U.S. ARMY, PLACE ALL FINGERS IN THIS SECTION WITH SMALL & THIRD FINGERS THRU ADJUSTABLE LOOP, PAT
201.562.176 PAT. NO. 2.281.315
Army Special Services Baseball Glove, Spalding, above right photo.
This glove is made of brown leather and marked PROFESSIONAL MODEL SPECIAL SERVICES U.S.ARMY on the bottom
palm with 90. Hand written on the glove is the name Pete. The rear button is marked SPALDING TRADE MARK.
Army Special Services Catchers Glove or Mitt, Wilson, above left photo.
This glove is made of dark brown leather and marked PROFESSIONAL MODEL OIL TREATED WILSON 555 GN on the top
palm and SPECIAL SERVICES U.S. ARMY on the bottom palm. The rear thumb area is marked "Its a Wilson" HAND
TAILORED FELT PAD. The rear strap is hand stamped PHY TRNG for Physical Training.
Army Special Services Softball Glove, Left Handed, Rawlings, above right photo.
This glove is made of brown leather and marked Deep Well Pocket in the center palm and Rawlings DW 10 X Official Glove
Soft Ball on the bottom palm. The rear of the glove is marked SPECIAL SERVICES U.S. ARMY. Hand stenciled on the rear
strap is the name SEGUIN.
United States Marine Corps Baseball Uniform, above two photos.
This uniform is constructed from grey wool with red piping on the shirt collar, sleeves and the sides of the trousers. The
word MARINES is embroidered across the front in red wool. The neck has six buttons for closure with the second button
from the top being red. The Jersey is marked with a size tag: 40. The trousers are marked with the size tag: 38. This
uniform did not contain any other manufacturer markings.
Untied States Marine Corps Baseball, above two photos.
The left photo shows "Boots Poffenberger" wearing the Marine Corps Baseball Uniform. Cletus Elwood "Boots"
Poffenberger (July 1, 1915 - September 1, 1999) was a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Detroit Tigers (1937–1939) and
Brooklyn Dodgers (1939). Boots joined the U.S. Marines and served in the South Pacific during World War Two. His
photograph was used on Marine recruiting posters during the war. He returned to baseball in 1946 playing a final season
for San Diego.

The right photo shows James Nathaniel Bivin - left of photo (December 11, 1909 – November 7, 1982) pitcher for the
Philadelphia Phillies. Private First Class Bivin served with a quartermaster unit of the 2nd Marine Division in the Pacific
Theater. John Thomas (Long Tom) Winsett - center of the photo (November 24, 1909 - July 20, 1987) was a left fielder for
the Boston Red Sox (1930–1931, 1933), St. Louis Cardinals (1935) and Brooklyn Dodgers (1936–1938). Winsett entered
military service with the Army Air Force towards the end of the 1942 season and in 1943 was stationed at St. Petersburg
Army Air Base in Florida. Calvin Leavelle Dorsett - right of photo (June 10, 1913 - October 22, 1970) was a pitcher who
played for for the Cleveland Indians in 1940 and 1941.