004CS - 119th Corsairs T-shirt - SUMMER 2018 (First Edition of 7 Tees)
In our research to find the perfect WWII military t-shirt graphic we flipped through countless pages of battalion and regimental Cruise Books looking for ideas. After much searching we started noticing a trend. Most of the baseball and softball teams had their own logo t-shirts with imaginative spray painted designs for their specific company. Upon discovering the Seabees 119th Cruise Book, "Time Out" (1945), we located this stenciled "Corsairs" design, likely done in blue paint on a white t-shirt and figured this was IT!
The Victory-1945 version keeps in mind the team's possible alternate design (See U.S. Navy VR-2 Coronados photo, fourth at left) using a glacier blue tee with similar radial stenciled letters but with an added F4U Corsair at front view. The graphics are discharge printed, essentially bleached, into the blue cotton fabric and then tinted white. (Note: Size M uses a smaller scaled graphic than Sizes L - XL to maintain accurate proportions - see photo 2 where size M is at left and L is at right; also actual color of tee is difficult to photograph but accurate tee colors can be seen in photos 1 & 3 as its more of a washed out blue, not the darker blue color which appears in photo 2).
This war-era tee is being offered in a limited First Edition run of seven (7) pieces. Each shirt comes with a dual sided graphic hang tag, hand inked with tee specifications and the edition number, which is attached to a vintage USN brass laundry safety pin with patriotic red, white, and blue twine.
The design is 100% Made in the USA featuring the best period correct t-shirt available. Runabout Goods Simple Tee is 100% tubular cotton, pre-shunk (sanforized), with traditional 1940's fit, blind stitch hems, 3/4" bias cut rib collar with 1/8" double needle cover-stitch, and is Made in Los Angeles, CA.
****Excerpts from the 119th Seabees Cruise Book "Time Out"
To the hard-muscled, fun-loving 119th Seabees the sound
of "recall" meant the end of the tropic working day and
time out for recreation. Throughout the camp the thud of
footballs and the crack of baseball bats echoed in the late
afternoon air. The men brought the playgrounds of America
with them when they shipped overseas; across the Southwest
Pacific, from Neolithic New Guinea to the fringe of the
Orient, they left a trail of ball diamonds, volleyball courts,
and lavish theatres.
During the battalion's tour of duty overseas,
the baseball team participated in 59
games against some of the best teams in the
South and Central Pacific. They were the
victors in 36 of these contests. The team was
under the tutelage of former minor-leaguer,
baseball-minded "Tiny" Keska and "Brooklyn"
Ruggiero, the lippy, fast-talking coach.
Dumpy, alert, Coppola was the outstanding
hitter of the club. He was flanked in the outfield
by strong-armed Louie Ursitti and
"Fleet-footed" AI Jordan. Back-bone of the
infield was steady-hitting Gordon Mummaw;
smiling Jimmie Chowning; and dependable
"Frisco" De Velbiss, team captain.
"Red" Deem, the long ball hitter and lazy
Earl McDaniel, the clouting first baseman,
gave the team an outstanding infield. Behind
the plate was excitable, hustling Tom
Houchen. "Red" Bresnahan carried the
pitching burden and always turned in a
****A brief history of the 119th Seabees:
The odyssey of the 119th Naval Construction Battalion
carried it from the most northeastern point in the United
States - barren, snowswept Quoddy Village, Maine -to
the "Pearl of the Orient," exotic, bizarre Manila, in the
Philippine Islands- America's most southwestern possession.