The Delaware River Shipbuilding League, 1918

By Jim Leeke

This article was published in the 2013 The National Pastime.

Baseball leagues flourished in American shipyards during World War I as legions of workers built warships and troop transports to safeguard the Atlantic sea lanes and carry men and materiel to Europe. Among the best of these circuits was the Delaware River Shipbuilding League of 1918. Centered in Philadelphia, it represented eight shipyards operating along the river in Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania: Chester Ship – Chester, Pennsylvania Harlan & Hollingsworth – Wilmington, Delaware Hog Island – Philadelphia Merchant Ship – Bristol, Pennsylvania New York Ship – . . .

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