1942 Maritime Game Reports      

(August 1)  As part of the official ceremonies at the opening of the Navy Recreation Center at the Wanderer’s Grounds in Halifax, Babe Ruth attended and took part in a hitting exhibition. Local star Aukie Titus pitched to the “Babe” who, to the disappointment of the crowd, wasn’t able to knock a ball out of the park. Halifax Navy and Toronto Army played to a scoreless draw as part of the celebration, called after 6 ½ innings because of darkness.

(August 3)  In the second game of the Halifax Navy series with Toronto Army, Halifax won the deciding match by a 4-3 score.

(August 6)  Halifax Army’s Tony Bonk, who had pro-ball experience in the West Texas League before the War, won the Halifax Defense League batting title.

(August 25)  Halifax baseball fans rushed onto the playing field at the Navy Recreation Center to protest the playing of Navy’s first baseman “Red” Burchell, who allegedly struck Umpire Jack Carrigan in a seventh inning melee involving Cardinals Frank Redmond and Navy’s Gus Vickers.  The game ended in a 7-7 tie and would be replayed September 3.

Playoff stats in the Halifax Defense League showed Suki Leadbetter of Halifax Army leading with a 6 for 10 average of .600.  Tony Bonk (Army) and Danny Seaman (Navy) were runners up. Bonk had 14 hits in 36 at bats for a .389 average with a double, triple and homerun. Seaman went 10-27 for a .370 average with two doubles.

(October 2)  Halifax Navy won the Maritime Championship by defeating the Saint John Ironmen in a five game series.