Photo provided by the St. Clair Shores Historical Commission

Looking Back: VFW Bruce Post 1146 St. Clair Shores 1941 baseball team

St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published April 24, 2018


ST. CLAIR SHORES — In 1939, Bucky Moore of Mount Clemens, with the assistance of the American Legion Post, formed a baseball league of six teams — Mount Clemens, New Haven, Richmond, Van Dyke, Center Line and St. Clair Shores — to play in the Macomb County American Legion League. The St. Clair Shores team tied with Mount Clemens for first place that year, but Mount Clemens received the playoff berth due to a lack of equipment on the part of St. Clair Shores. “The team ended in a tie … with one broken bat and a ball with the cover off.”

In 1940, the St. Clair Shores team won several championships: the American Legion County Championship, the American Legion 7th Congressional District Championship, the N.Y.A. Championship, the District Championship at Ypsilanti, and they were the runner-up to East Lansing for the state championship. In all, they won 23 of their 25 games.

The boys on the team were 13 to 17 years old, and were “the youngest team of its kind in the state of Michigan…”

This photo is on the inside cover of a 1941 souvenir baseball program that cost 10 cents. The program both featured the team and served as a fundraising tool. In 1940, the Bruce Post (VFW Post 1146 in St. Clair Shores) paid for all the expenses of the team, including (as the text explained) “travelling expenses, meals, suits, balls, bats and equipment… [in] 1941 the boys are trying to make the team self-supporting…” 

Shown in the photo are, top row: Mgr. Roy Visnaw; Coach Ben Almany; J. Maison; L. Chase; Coach M. Visnaw. Second row: H. Willey; L. Lingemann; B. Almany; M. Maison; G. Kaufman; A. Willett; E. Castle. Bottom row: J. Johnston; J. Chase; E. Maison; R. Slater.

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— Submitted by Heidi Christein, archivist, St. Clair Shores Public Library