Sandy Hook in Monmouth County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
New York Yankees vs. Hometown Sluggers
On Monday, April 5, 1943, the New York Yankees played the Fort Hancock baseball team on this very field. While future Hall of Famers Joe DiMaggio and Phil Rizzuto were serving their country in the Armed Forces, others, including Joe Gordon and Bill Dickey, played for the Yankees and helped boost the nation’s morale. The Fort Hancock team was comprised of soldiers. The Yankees, led by manager Joe McCarthy, competed against some of the fort’s finest athletes. Despite the best efforts of the hometown sluggers, the visiting Yankees won the game 7 to 2. The Yankees went on to win the World Series six months later. Maybe, this pre-season exhibition game at Fort Hancock made all the difference for both teams.
The only remaining artifacts from this game are the scorecard (pictured, right) and the original backstop standing before you.
Erected by Gateway National Recreation Area. (Marker Number 38.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts or Castles • Sports. New Jersey - Fort Hancock Walking Tour series list.
Location. 40° 27.587′ N, 74° 0.181′ W. Marker is in Sandy Hook, New Jersey, in Monmouth County. Marker can be reached from Magruder Road, on the left when traveling north. Marker is located in the Fort Hancock area in the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area. It can be seen on a walking trail by the parade grounds. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Highlands NJ 07732, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. This Is Why It’s Called Sandy Hook! (within shouting distance of this marker); Sandy Hook Barracks Building #22 Built 1899 (within shouting distance of this marker); Chow Time! (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Handball Court (about 400 feet away); Fill’er Up! (about 400 feet away); Lighting the Way (about 500 feet away); NOAA Fisheries Service (about 500 feet away); Young Men’s Christian Association (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sandy Hook.
More about this marker. A photo at the upper right of the marker depicts the “New York Yankees and Fort Hancock baseball teams compet[ing] on the main parade ground.” Below this is a picture of “A score card from the game preserved in the Gateway NRA Sandy Hook Unit collection” and a photo of the “Fort Hancock baseball team c. 1943. Notice the barracks and backstop in the photograph.”
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 14, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 588 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 14, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.