|THREATENING NAVY'S ALL STARS are these Army backs as they prep for the big China Bowl Game at the Canidrome here a week from today. Left to right they are Mike Del Sordi, Everett George, Al Yourkewicz and Earl Uhler.|
Smith May Outshine Daley In China Bowl Grid Classic SHANGHAI, Nov. 26, 1945 - Marion Smith, swift-stepping back from Lexington, Ky., is one of the reasons the Army All Stars maintain high hopes for victory in Saturday's China Bowl Football Game at the Canidrome. The soldiers maintain that Smith, 185-pound triple threat, will not be outclassed, despite the presence in the Navy lineup of such aces as Bill Daley, Bill Polczynski, Charlie Eikenberg, John Biddle and Joe Condron.
Smith, a Kentucky U. freshman flash in 1942, is the type of leather lugger liable to break for a touchdown every time he gets his hands on the ball. Marion has done close to 10 seconds for the 100 yards and he scoots around ends and weaves through a broken field with a long stride and forward lean. His style and skill reminds one of Beattie Feathers, former Tennessee All America.
Army has other backs to match the Middle threats. These include Bill Manderry, Al Yourkewicz, Earl Uhler and Everett George.
Manderry, 190-pound fullback, played for the College of Pacific eleven which won the Far Western Conference title in 1941 and '42. He also was named for the All-Conference backfield. Bill runs hard, low, and has the knack of rolling off would-be tacklers.
Yourkewicz' forte is ice hockey, Al having played professionally for three years with Boston of the Eastern League. Before signing up, however, Yourkewicz is supposed to have been a wiz in high school and with the Villanova frosh in 1937.
Navy's forces still are somewhat downcast because of the loss through injury of their two fine centers, Joe Keenan and Dick Alden. However, Tom Parry, who is being promoted to the first-string line, is no slouch, either. Tom played tackle for Notre Dame last year, getting into the Wisconsin, Pitt and Dartmouth games.
Parry is expected to start at left tackle, replacing Jim Young, who probably will start at pivot. If necessary, powerful Jim can switch back to tackle at any time.
Head Coach Major H. C. Ave
1st Lt. Alex G. Atty
1st LT Vince Banyans
#36 - Capt. John McElhaney, Left End
#37 - PFC Charles Borde, Left Tackle
#38 - F-O Richard "Dick" Coleman, Right Guard
#39 - S-Sgt. George Ansell, Center
#41 - Sgt. Jarrell Magness, Right Tackle
#42 - 1st Lt. Lad Andrews, Right End
#43 - 1st Lt Marion Smith, Left Half
#10 - Sgt. Ray Placette, Quarterback
#11 - 1st Lt William J. Mandery, Full Back
#44 - 1st Lt Everett George, Right Half
#12 - PFC Cassie Vinson, End
#13 - PFC John Breweington, Tackle
#14 - 1st Lt Alfred Taylor, Guard
#15 - CPL Albert Allison, Center
#16 - PFC Thomas "Tom" Coyle, Guard
#17 - CPL Allen Murdock, Tackle
# SGT. Dave Cunningham, End
#19 - Capt. Al Yourkewicz, Left Half
(Professional hockey player WWII Army Air Corps veteran POCASSET - Albert Walter "Al" Yourkewicz, He was the husband of Sally (Young) Yourkewicz. Mr. Yourkewicz was born and raised in Brockton. He was a graduate of Brockton High School. He served in the Army Air Corps in China during World War II, rising to the rank of captain. He was a professional hockey player in the American Hockey Association and the Eastern Hockey League. He played for the New York Rovers and the Boston Olympics. He was voted an All-World Player in 1948. He later became a coach, and coached the U.S. World Hockey Team in the World Games in 1955 and 1956. He was a member of the Thorny Lea Golf Club in Brockton and the Pocasset Golf Club. He had summered in Pocasset since 1963 and became a year-round resident of Pocasset in 1987. Besides his wife he is survived by three daughters, Nancy Rogers of Falmouth, Lisa Vernooy of Southborough and Susan Willis of Framingham two sisters, Frances Hedine of Brockton and Sylvia Sharp of Phoenix, Ariz. and four grandchildren.
#20 - CPL. Michael "Mike" Del Sordi, Right Half
Michael A. Del Sordi- 94 of Redbank, New Jersey passed away peacefully on April, 25, 2014 at the Riverview Medical Center. Michael was born on November 18, 1919 in Newark, New Jersey. After attending high school he enlisted in the United States Army where he served his country during WWII. After completion of his service he left the Army Honorably Discharged. When he returned home he got a job as a payroll supervisor. Michael met his wife Theresa and they both moved to West Keansburg and raised their family before ultimately settling down in Redbank. Michael is predeceased by his parents Alfonso and Maria as well his brother Christopher and his sister Tessie. Michael is the beloved husband of Theresa for an incredible 71 wonderful years. He is the devoted father of Michael , Michele, Maria, and Theresa. Michael is the loving brother of Elizabeth Sica. He is survived by his loving grandchildren Lisa, Joseph, Philip, Michael, Maria, Michael III, Erin, Joan, Marie, and Jenna as well as having 9 great-grandchildren. Michael regularly attended mass and was a very big Baseball and Football fan, and was especially fond of the Yankees and Jets.
#21 - Maj. John Trowbridge, Quarterback
Sgt Bernie Huntz, Full Back
1st SGT W. Miller
SGT W. Mohrland
CPL E. Hildebrandt
2nd Lt Truman Spain
PFC C. Campbell
SGT Dorman Goodrich, Tackle
# 29 - CPL Rodney Franz, End
#31 - 1st Lt Earl D. Uhler, Jr., University of Maryland, Half Back
#32 Patrick Ward
# 33 - SGT George R. Stortz, Quarterback,An Army veteran of World War II, he received five bronze stars. He was a member Emmaus Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7088 and Emmaus Fire Company No. 2.
# 34 - SGT J. D. Nix, Halfback
PFC Hyde Jenkins
SGT W. Hatton
M-SGT R Kyger
SGT Roy Hawkins
F. H. Langford
Lieutenant Grant G. Andreasen, USNR (1916-1997)
|Grant G. Andreasen, Navy Scout|
|Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Grant G. Andreasen, USNR|
Who was awarded the Navy Cross for "conspicuous bravery" as a Scout Boat Officer off "Omaha" Beach during the invasion of Normandy, 6 June 1944.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
Lt. J. Joseph Condron
- The Canidrome in Shanghai's French Concession was a popular entertainment complex during the late 1920s and the 1930s. It housed a greyhound racing-track which doubled as a sporting-ground, and a ballroom for parties and dances.
|December 1, 1945 Shanghai China, the First China Bowl Game, Army vs. Navy a crowd of 30,000 watched.|
Watching the Army-Navy Football Game In Shanghai, China 1945
Bill, Helen O'Brien, Reeny Ozorio, Charlie, Igo, Al and me...
|Shangahi Harbor 1945|
|Shanghai Harbor Dec 1, 1945|
Earl Uhler Collection
Earl Uhler, Collection
Shanghai N.S.R. North Station Shanghai
Earl Uhler Collection
Shanghai Race Course 1930
|Shanghai Map about 1945|
|USS ANZIO CV 57 Shanghai Dec. 1, 1945|
Wen Bon: A Naval Air Intelligence Officer Behind Japanese Lines in China By Byron R. Winborn
|It's Derby Day in Shanghai! Maybe we won't have the mint juleps and the co'n licker that is imbibed in Louisville, ba at least there is enough of the juice of the grape around for everybody. The hotels are crowded. You can't get a decent meal--for a decent price at least. Pretty gals are all over town. Just yours for the asking. You can take them any place but to the Canidrome, however, since the law has been laid down. No Gals. No civilians,. Nobody, unless, they are in uniform. But there will be plenty of parties after the race the football game between the Army and Navy is over. The gals, posing as jockeys, are all in good shape. The ricksah coolies are in good shape. The shape of the rickshaw is doubtful, but who cares? The weather looks like rain. In fact, at this writing it is. That makes for a muddy track or slippery track. At least it means that the time will be slower than anticipated. Still starting from the Navy Jetty at 1 p.m. the first ricksha should enter the Canidrome by 1:30 p.m. Which means that if you are guys and gals (Wacs and UNNRA) wanna be in on the finish, you better get out out at the game site before then. All of the high ranking brass at the game will get together during the half an crown "Miss Ricksha of 1945." In addition, having nothing better to do0, they will present cups to all of the contestants. The ricksha coolies will pull their rickshas out of the way and watch the games. That oughta be something. And that's all there is. If you've been lucky enough to get a ticket, we'll see you at the game. If not, well, XMHA, is broadcasting all of the events, as you can at least have ringside seat by your radio.|
|Derby Day, Rickshaw Races. Won by June Nergaard and Coolie "Paavo-Nurmi" Wong|
Miss Margaret Blanchard was in the early lead. Estimates of 1,500,000 people watching the race were written.
Rear Admiral C. T. Joy draped the traditional floral Derby Horseshoe over the winning coolie.
The Portsmouth Herald from Portsmouth, New Hampshire · Page 4
US Naval Operating Base, Shanghai, China, September 1945.. joe grasson
Rickshaw Race "china bowl" 1945 Canidrome, China
RICKSHAW DERBY IN SHANGHAI SHANGHAI, Nov. Betty Shaiitz of Vancouver, a member of the United States Women's Army Corps, is one of 17 girls in a group including Russians, Chinese and Americans entered in the rickshaw derby which will precede Saturday's army-navy China Bowl football game here. The girls paraded for newspapermen here Tuesday while the coolies who will pull them from the waterfront to Canidrome Station during the ceremony went through stiff workouts at the Shanghai racecourse. Lt.Gen. George Stratemeyer, commanding general of United States air" forces in the China theatre, is sponsoring the Canadian girl in the derby.
|This football is from the 1945 China Bowl, played in Shanghai, some 13 hours before the Army-Navy game was played back home. |
But you have to change your thinking about the Army-Navy game from now to then. In 1945 Army was on their way to a national championship. Navy was a one-loss team and would finish second in the nation. This was at the height of their powers when it came to football respect. Anyway, this was also 1945. The war was just over. This game was played by a bunch of Army soldiers against sailors of the line. The Navy won. This football was signed by all the members of that team and sent back home. But look at that date: Dec. 1, 1945.
Book Link to the Game and Rickshaw races watched by possibly 1,500,000
|Some 30,000 G.I.'s and sailors sat through the Army-Navy football game, |
the first show of ballyhoo that this town has seen in many years. This violent scramble--one of many--is of the game, which goes on city records as one of as many as can be counted on the fingers, hands, ever played here. Half of the spacious Canidrome grandstands was occupied by the Navy and the other half by the Army. The crouching figure on the sideline fast behind player ...and uses a "handie-talkie" super-portable two-way receiver radio gadget. US Navy Photo.