1943 Maritime Game Reports      

(April 27)  RJR Nelson, President of Halifax Shipyards, took a leading role in organizing the Yardmen of the Halifax Defense League.

(May 1) Canadian big-leaguer Dick Fowler is in Halifax and working out.  He is likely to leave before the HDL begins the regular season on May 24, however.

(May 20)  The Halifax Cardinals fielded a mixture of players from Nova Scotia and the United States. Among the Americans were Ken Chambers at second base, outfielder Joe Pusateri and veteran semipro players Joe Spearl, Larry Rainey and Ontarian Sammy Solloum.

(June-July)  Joe Krakausakas of the Cleveland Indians, who went 22 and 23 over three years with the Washington Senators, joined the Halifax Air Force club and made several appearances.  His initial start was disappointing, losing 7-2 to Halifax Navy.  In July he went overseas where he served as radio mechanic with a squadron of night fighters.

(July 12)  Bev Buckler, a young right-hander from Kentville, joined the Halifax Shipyards and pitched well in a game against Halifax Air Force.

(August 6)  Halifax Navy travelled to Ontario to take on London Army losing 5-4 despite outhitting the Ontario squad 14 to 9. Windsor, Ontario native Larry Angus took the loss for Halifax. First-baseman Hank Biasatti led the winners at the plate.

(August 13)  Paul LaRoque, Jimmy Heximer and Danny Seaman were leading the batting parade in the Halifax Defense League. In team defense, Halifax Shipyards had a fielding average of .957, followed closely by Navy at .948. Army stood at .923, the Cardinals at .905 and Air Force .875

(August 17) Art Upper of Halifax Air Force won the Defense League batting championship going 23 for 49 for a .469 average followed by Frankie Redmond who hit .435 in eighty at bats.

(August 19) Phil Marchildon (Air Force) was roughed up 7-0 by Halifax Navy.  Marchildon gave up 11 hits and six earned runs over nine innings.  He had 17 strikeouts, however.  Danny Seaman went 3-4 leading Marchildon to comment that Seaman “hits the ball too hard to be in Nova Scotia.”

(August 24) After losing badly in his previous start, Phil Marchildon redeemed himself with a complete game six-hitter as Air Force beat Navy 4 to 3. 

(October 8) Halifax Navy repeated as Maritime Champions knocking off the Saint John Dockmen in a five game series.