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    8th Army "Chicks" Baseball, 1945-1946

    Karen Goez Newbie

      I am researching the 8th Army "Chicks" baseball team stationed in Occupied Japan/Philippines at the end of World War II; 1945-1946.  I have photos taken of team members which included my father who was a pitcher.  I have located several newspaper articles but have been unsuccessful in finding any specific information about the number of teams in the leagues, where the games were played or any military records of the team activities.

       

      There was a "Japanese World Series" in September, 1946.

      Any information about these players and the team will be appreciated.

      1946 The Chicks

       

      1946  Japanese World Series

        • Re: 8th Army "Chicks" Baseball, 1945-1946
          Zachary Dabbs Scout

          Dear Ms. Goez,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          If you have not already done so we suggest that you request a copy of your father’s Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for enlisted men of the U.S. Army who were separated from the service after October 1912 and before 1959 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis. In many cases where personnel records were destroyed in the 1973 fire, proof of service can be provided from other records such as morning reports, payrolls, and military orders, and a certificate of military service will be issued. Please complete a GSA Standard Form 180 and mail it to NARA's National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO  63138-1002. Veterans and their next of kin also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.

           

          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Monthly Summaries, 7/1946 - 5/1950 in the Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (Record Group 338) which may include records regarding the Eighth U.S. Army baseball activities and the “Chicks” team. We also found the series Unit Histories, 1943 - 1967 in Record Group 338 which includes Recreation Bulletins that may describe baseball activities for certain units. In addition, we located the series Occupation Files, 1945 - 1950 in Record Group 338 which may include files regarding baseball activities under the War Department decimal file code 353.8 “Amusements.” Lastly, we located the series General Correspondence Files, 1947 - 1956 in the Records of General Headquarters, Far East Command, Supreme Commander Allied Powers, and United Nations Command (Record Group 554) which holds two file units under decimal code 353.8 that may include records regarding baseball activities in the Eighth U.S. Army. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at archives2reference@nara.gov.

           

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          In addition, we suggest you consult the Research Collection page of the Society for American Baseball Research for additional resources including biographies of individual players such as Hugh Mulcahy, the pitcher and manager for the “Chicks.” We also suggest you contact the Eighth Army Public Affairs office, which last year posted a photograph of the “Chicks” to their Facebook page, via email at usarmy.humphreys.8-army.mbx.public-affairs-office@mail.mil to request information regarding records of historians attached to Eighth Army units. You may also wish to contact the Center for Pacific War Studies research library at the National Museum of the Pacific War, 311 E Austin Street, Fredericksburg, TX 78624, telephone 830-997-8600 ext. 264, as well as the U.S. Army Center of Military History, 103 Third Avenue, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, DC 20319-5058, telephone number (202) 685-2733 regarding their collections. Finally, you may find it useful to contact the Research Center of the Puget Sound Navy Museum via email through curator.psnm@navy.mil regarding their former When Baseball Went to War exhibit and the servicemen’s baseball leagues organized between the U.S. Army and Navy.

           

          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!

           

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