United States Military Academy
- Location: West Point, NY
- Nickname: Cadets
- Conference: Patriot League 1993-present; Eastern Intercollegiate Baseball League 1948-1992; Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference 1982-1983?
- Ballpark: Johnson Stadium at Doubleday Field
- Walter Clarkson, 1905
- Dennis Houle, 1906-1908
- Sammy Nicklin, 1909-1917
- Hans Lobert, 1918-1925
- Harold McCormick, 1926-1936
- Walter French, 1937-1942. Note that French is the only Cadet player to have made it to the majors (Kiki Cuyler also attended the Academy, playing football)
- Paul Amen, 1943-1954
- Joe Palone, 1955-1957
- Eric Tipton, 1958-1977
- Bill Permakoff, 1978-1985
- Dan Roberts, 1986-2000 (1st 7 games of 2000)
- Joe Sottolano, 2000-2013
- Matt Reid, 2014-2016
- Jim Foster, 2017-present
- Steve Farley
- Fritz Hamburg, 2002-2008
- Jayson King, 2017
- Matt Reid, 2008-2013
- Victor Solis
- Joe Sottolano, 1992-1999
- Chris Tracz, 2009
People who went here
- Kiki Cuyler, outfielder
- Abner Doubleday, rumored "inventor" of baseball
- William Eckert, commissioner
- Dwight D. Eisenhower, President; minor league outfielder
- Walter French, outfielder
- Nick Hill, minor league pitcher
- Ed Musial, minor league outfielder
- Steve Reich, minor league pitcher
- Chris Rowley, pitcher
- Tyler Stohr, scout
- Robert V. Whitlow, executive
- Schuyler Williamson, minor league catcher
Exhibition Games against Major-League Teams
There is a long albeit sporadic history of visits by major-league teams to West Point -- dating back to 1914. Many of these games took place in-season.
As one might expect, given West Point's proximity to New York City, nearly all of these games were against New York teams -- in particular the New York Yankees, who have faced Army 22 times. The New York Giants, who initiated the tradition, often made the visit up the Hudson River their last exhibition game of the spring. The Brooklyn Dodgers had a strong relationship with the Military Academy too. From 1943 through 1945, they held spring training at nearby Bear Mountain and used the spacious Army field house for drills. After their formation in 1962, the New York Mets joined in the fun as well, alternating yearly visits with the Yankees.
The Army teams have won just twice, taking two out of three games from the Dodgers in 1945. They also played to a tie with the Giants in 1946; lost by a single run in 1931, 1949, 1954, and 1966; and sent a 1962 game to extra innings.
The tradition was revived in 2013, when the Yankees came back for the first time since 1976. "This is a special day, a great way to finish spring training," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "It gives you such a sense of pride about being an American when you come up here and how respectful they are to our country. The game stopped. That, to me, puts it in perspective."
List of Games
Courtesy of goarmysports.com
The Army website says that there have been 86 games against major-league teams. This list shows just 62, though. It also includes six games against the Montreal Royals, then a Dodgers farm club, from 1943 through 1945. Army was 2-3-1 against the Royals, whose squads included at least some Brooklyn players.
May 10, 1914: New York Giants 7, Army Cadets 2
It all started when Giants manager John McGraw brought his team up to West Point as a favor to one of his former players, Army coach Sammy Strang. The Giants squad was made up of rookies. In the lineup for the Cadets was future five-star general Omar Bradley.
April 15, 1922: New York Giants 11, Army Cadets 3
April 16, 1923: New York Giants 14, Army Cadets 2
April 23, 1924: New York Giants 10, Army Cadets 3
April 13, 1925: New York Giants 7, Army Cadets 0
April 11, 1927: New York Giants 19, Army Cadets 6 (8 innings)
The Associated Press described the Giants' visit as "more of a social than technical success." The big-leaguers took lunch with the cadet corps and then used most of their regulars in the game, which ended after eight innings because the Giants had to catch a train to Philadelphia for Opening Day on April 12.
May 26, 1927: New York Yankees vs. Army Cadets, called on account of rain after an inning and a half.
The Yankees were leading 2-0 when a lightning storm and cloudburst stopped the game, right after Babe Ruth had struck out.
April 9, 1928: New York Giants 16, Army Cadets 4
The Giants scored in every inning but the 1st and 8th.
May 3, 1928: New York Yankees 20, Army Cadets 9
Backed by 22 hits, Archie Campbell coasted to victory, allowing nine runs on 14 hits.
April 15, 1929: New York Giants 6, Army Cadets 1
The Giants closed their exhibition season with a lineup composed almost entirely of second-string players. Dutch Henry got the win, combining with a pitcher named Kelly to limit the Cadets to five hits.
April 14, 1930: New York Giants 18, Army Cadets 0 (8 innings)
Jim Tennant, a one-game major-leaguer whose cup of coffee came in 1929, held the Cadets to just three hits. The Giants' Yannigans (rookies) belted 20 in the easy win.
May 23, 1930: New York Yankees 20, Army Cadets 2
The Yankees -- minus Babe Ruth -- pounded out 23 hits to back winning pitcher Foster Edwards. Edwards pitched in only two regular-season games as a Yankee -- and his last appearance in the majors had come two days before.
April 13, 1931: New York Giants 4, Army Cadets 3 (8 innings)
The Giants scored three in the first innings, but committed six errors, which helped keep the Cadets within striking distance. Each team had only six hits. New York scored the winning run in the seventh inning; as was the case in 1927, the game was called after eight to allow the big-leaguers to catch a train to Philadelphia, where they opened the season the next day.
April 17, 1931: New York Yankees 15, Army Cadets 1 (7 innings)
May 31, 1932: New York Yankees 9, Army Cadets 3
Johnny Murphy gave up six hits and struck out eight, going all the way to earn the victory.
April 10, 1933: New York Yankees 9, Army Cadets 0
June 11, 1934: New York Yankees 7, Army Cadets 0
When the Yankees visited, an Army movie called "Flirtation Walk" starring Dick Powell was being shot at West Point. The team's longtime clubhouse attendant, Pete Sheehy, remembered this in 1992. Babe Ruth hit a 500-foot home run over the right field fence; it is still considered to be the longest ball ever hit at Doubleday Field.
April 15, 1935: New York Giants 9, Army Cadets 0.
April 22, 1935: New York Yankees vs. Army Cadets, called on account of rain after two and a half innings.
The Yankees were leading 5-1 when the action stopped. Dixie Walker dislocated his right shoulder while sliding into second base after leading off the first inning with a walk. It was the same shoulder he had hurt during the last month of the 1933 season. Walker played only 10 more games as a Yankee.
June 1, 1936: New York Yankees 6, Army Cadets 2 (8 innings)
Lefty Gomez, testing a tender arm, allowed two runs in three innings, walking three and giving up two hits. He struck out six, though, and pronounced himself ready to take his regular turn later that week. Ted Kleinhans allowed just two more hits the rest of the way.
April 19, 1937: New York Yankees 19, Army Cadets 4
Jack LaRocca (who never pitched a game in the majors) went all the way for the Yankees, giving up eight hits. Tommy Henrich wore the pinstripes for the first time. The Yankees had just signed him after he was declared a free agent.
April 17, 1939: New York Giants 4, Army Cadets 2 (5 innings)
April 15, 1940: New York Giants 7, Army Cadets 1
April 14, 1941: New York Giants 9, Army Cadets 0
April 13, 1942: New York Giants 12, Army Cadets 3
April 2, 1943: Brooklyn Dodgers 12, Army Cadets 8 (8 innings)
March 31, 1944: Brooklyn Dodgers 18, Army Cadets 4
April 17, 1944: New York Giants 11, Army Cadets 9
The Cadets gave New York a scare, taking a 9-7 lead into the ninth, but then they issued four walks to the Giants and Joe Medwick singled to cap the four-run rally. Whitey Miller, who had pitched his only four games in the majors in 1944, gave up five runs in the third inning, but Phil Weintraub's hitting wiped out that early lead. Army regained the lead against Ken Brondell, another pitcher who got his only big-league experience (seven games) with the Giants in 1944.
May 8, 1944: New York Yankees 14, Army Cadets 0
March 24, 1945: Brooklyn Dodgers 9, Army Cadets 5.
Bill Hart led the Dodger attack with a two-run homer in the first inning.
March 28, 1945: Army Cadets 5, Brooklyn Dodgers 4 (10 innings)
In the bottom of the 10th, losing pitcher Ralph Branca walked two, gave up a hit, and then walked in the winning run. The Cadets had tied the game in the 8th with three runs off Erv Palica. Manager Leo Durocher, whose last regular-season appearance as an active player came on April 18, played the entire game at second base.
April 7, 1945: Army Cadets 4, Brooklyn Dodgers 0.
The Cadets got to Hal Gregg for three hits and two runs in the 2nd inning, then added their other two scores in the 6th. Meanwhile, the Dodgers managed just four hits off two Army pitchers.
April 15, 1946: New York Giants 2, Army Cadets 2 (10 innings)
Army's star center fielder was Glenn Davis, better known as "Mr. Outside" to Felix "Doc" Blanchard's "Mr. Inside" on the academy's powerful football team. Davis thought seriously about turning pro in baseball.
April 19, 1946: Brooklyn Dodgers 7, Army Cadets 3
The overflow crowd of 3,000 included a group of wounded veterans from Halloran General Hospital on Staten Island.
April 28, 1947: Brooklyn Dodgers 16, Army Cadets 5
April 19, 1948: New York Giants 7, Army Cadets 2
May 2, 1949: Brooklyn Dodgers 4, Army Cadets 3 (10 innings)
April 17, 1950: New York Giants 8, Army Cadets 0
April 16, 1951: New York Giants vs. Army Cadets -- rained out.
April 14, 1952: New York Giants vs. Army Cadets -- rained out.
April 13, 1953: New York Giants vs. Army Cadets -- canceled because of adverse weather and ground conditions.
April 12, 1954: New York Giants 6, Army Cadets 5
The Giants scored five runs in the second inning and hung on to win their last exhibition game of the spring. Mario Picone gave up a two-run homer to Army in the 3rd. Windy McCall pitched the middle three frames and George Spencer finished up. Cadet Sil Pelosi batted out of order in the 8th and hit a two-run single, but Giants manager Leo Durocher did not notice the mixup.
April 11, 1955: New York Giants 14, Army Cadets 1
Although the Giants got just nine hits, they batted around in the first and fourth innings, aided by six Army errors.
April 15, 1957: New York Giants 16, Army Cadets 0
May 26, 1958: San Francisco Giants 17, Army Cadets 1 (7 innings)
Willie Kirkland hit an inside-the-park homer and Orlando Cepeda hit one out of the park. Jim Constable went all the way for the Giants. Pete Burnside pitched the last two innings for the cadets. Army's right fielder was Bob Anderson, who played in one NFL game for the New York Giants in 1963. The All-America running back suffered a broken nose in a collision with second baseman Alex Grant on a fly ball by Whitey Lockman.
April 14, 1961: New York Yankees 14, Army Cadets 0
Mickey Mantle received an unusual honor: he read the Orders of the Day in the Washington Hall mess. Yankees trainer Gene Monahan, then a batboy, remembered this in 1992. The Yankees got 18 hits in the game; as Robert L. Teague wrote in the New York Times, "Army's baseball team spent seven busy innings shagging extra-base hits and collecting some intangible yet cherished souvenirs." He was referring mainly to Army pitcher Bob Kewley, who struck out Mantle and Roger Maris in succession. Hector Lopez and Moose Skowron homered for the Yankees.
May 7, 1962: New York Yankees 8, Army Cadets 4
This game was originally supposed to go just seven innings, but it was tied 3-3 at that point, and so the teams agreed to play nine. The world champions then scored four in the 8th and one more in the 9th. Tex Clevenger pitched the last five innings and got the win after Bob Turley allowed three runs (including a homer) in the first four. Elston Howard homered in the 6th and 9th for New York.
April 22, 1963: New York Yankees 15, Army Cadets 2 (7 innings)
Oft-injured Mickey Mantle had been out of action for nine days with a torn stomach muscle, but he made a surprise appearance in this game. He popped up in the first inning. Marshall Bridges, who worked four scoreless innings for the win, and Bill Kunkel held the Cadets to four hits. Tony Kubek had a homer and two doubles.
In July 1970, after the publication of Jim Bouton's Ball Four, Elston Howard said, "He's been angry at me ever since I decked him in the West Point gym one day." The 1963 trip was when it happened, according to the full story.
May 6, 1963: New York Mets 3, Army Cadets 0 (7 innings)
The game was scoreless until the 7th and final inning. Tracy Stallard went all the way for the Mets, striking out 13 and allowing just two hits.
April 27, 1964: New York Yankees 8, Army Cadets 2 (7 innings)
Ralph Terry gave up a two-run homer in the first inning, and the Yankees fell behind, 2-1. In the third inning, however, Elston Howard hit a two-run homer and Clete Boyer added a solo shot as New York scored six. Bill Stafford entered in the fifth and Bob Meyer closed with a scoreless seventh.
May 10, 1965: New York Mets 8, Army Cadets 0 (7 innings).
Mets manager Casey Stengel suffered a broken right wrist when he caught his spikes on the concrete ramp outside the West Point gymnasium. He was getting ready to board the team bus for the trip to the ball field. The fracture was minor, though, and he was back managing the next day. Winning pitcher Carl Willey hurled the first two innings, allowing just an infield single, and Tug McGraw scattered three singles the rest of the way before a crowd of 4,500.
April 29, 1966: New York Yankees 1, Army Cadets 0 (7 innings)
The game's only run scored on a first-inning force-out by Mickey Mantle. The Yankees got only four hits, but Jim Bouton threw six scoreless innings and Dooley Womack got the save. Manager Johnny Keane fined Joe Pepitone $250 for failing to get into uniform for the game. Pepitone, who had been feeling feverish, drove his car up (giving Mantle a lift) instead of taking the team bus.
May 8, 1967: New York Mets 4, Army Cadets 0 (7 innings)
Ron Swoboda homered and seven Mets pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout.
May 9, 1968: New York Yankees 9, Army Cadets 0
May 22, 1969: New York Yankees 4, Army Cadets 0
The New York Times wrote, "Perhaps because his teased hair and shaggy sideburns might have upset United States Military Academy decorum, Joe Pepitone was not permitted to read the orders of the day during lunch."
The game was originally supposed to take place on May 8, and the Mets were to be the opponent (they alternated years with the Yankees). However, after a vote among the major-league player representatives, the Mets had to drop the game from their schedule. It would have meant playing four exhibition games during the regular season, contrary to a new agreement.
April 20, 1970: New York Mets vs. Army Cadets -- rained out.
April 15, 1971: New York Mets 8, Army Cadets 0 (7 innings)
April 27, 1972: New York Yankees 10, Army Cadets 1
Nearly five years after his homer for the Mets at Doubleday Field, Ron Swoboda hit a three-run blast to highlight a six-run first inning for the Yankees. Bobby Murcer added another three-run homer in the third. Rich Hinton went six innings for the win, giving up four hits, including a solo homer.
April 30, 1973: New York Mets 7, Army Cadets 1 (7 innings)
Jim Fregosi, who would be with the Mets for just 2 1/2 months more, drove in the tying and go-ahead runs with a second-inning double. Wayne Garrett, who took back the starting third-base job from Fregosi and went on to have one of his best years, added a homer.
April 23, 1974: New York Yankees 7, Army Cadets 0 (7 innings)
Cadets, kids, and officers mobbed the Yankees -- all 25 of whom were present, along with manager Bill Virdon, the four coaches (including Whitey Ford, who remembered the close call in '66), and team president Gabe Paul. The track team from England's Birmingham University, also visiting that day, was equally impressed. Ken Wright, originally scheduled to go only three or four innings, went six because he needed the work. He gave up one hit, walked five, and struck out nine. Tom Buskey finished up. The Yankees scored four in the first, two in the third, and capped the scoring with a homer by Elliott Maddox in the seventh. Maddox, not known for his power, had also hit the longest drive in the pregame hone run derby.
May 5, 1975: New York Mets 5, Army Cadets 0 (7 innings)
Joe Torre and Ed Kranepool hit solo homers for the Mets. George Stone, plagued by a serious shoulder injury, pitched four one-hit innings. Raymond T. Odierno, who later became the top U.S. military commander in Iraq, pitched one inning. "I retired the side. It was pretty exciting," General Odierno recalled in 2008. His memory had grown a little fuzzy over time, though -- he remembered facing Ed Kranepool, Dave Kingman, and Jim Beauchamp, but Beauchamp's last season was 1973. Odierno also pitched against the Yankees as a sophomore and as a senior.
April 19, 1976: New York Yankees 2, Army Cadets 0
Four Yankee pitchers -- Larry Gura, Ken Brett, Tippy Martinez, and Dave Pagan -- allowed just three hits. Brett got the win, but Martinez was the most impressive striking out six in two innings. Ray Odierno started for Army and pitched one scoreless inning.
April 25, 1977: New York Mets vs. Army Cadets -- rained out.
April 19, 1979: New York Mets 19, Army Cadets 0 (7 innings)
The Mets hammered Army for 20 hits, including four home runs. An 11-run second inning included three-run shots by Lee Mazzilli and John Stearns, plus a two-run blow by Kelvin Chapman. Bruce Boisclair later added a solo homer. Triple-A farmhand Greg Field allowed just one hit and retired the last 14 men he faced. Veteran first baseman Ed Kranepool mopped up with two hitless innings.
April 23, 1981: Detroit Tigers vs. Army Cadets -- rained out.
April 11, 1983: Detroit Tigers 11, Army Cadets 1
The Newburgh (New York) Evening News reported that "the real winners were the kids that came to watch...the Tigers came and visibly went out of their way to satisfy every autograph-seeker, hand out some baseballs and just be there to have a good time. And the crowed responded to it with good natured cheers and jeers as the Tigers managed to beat the cadets -- while making a point not to hurt anyone's pride."
April 26, 1984: New York Mets 6, Army Cadets 0
Jean MacArthur, widow of General Douglas MacArthur, threw out the first ball. Darryl Strawberry and Rusty Staub received the loudest ovations among the Mets, who pulled most of their starters after an inning or two. Jose Oquendo, playing right field, made a fine running catch. Jesse Orosco tripled as a pinch-hitter. Bobby Valentine, then a Mets coach, gave a mini-clinic on fielding and "seem[ed] to be enjoying the attention immensely."
May 5, 1986: Houston Astros 9, Army Cadets 0
March 30, 2013: New York Yankees 10, Army Black Knights 5.
Mariano Rivera threw out a ceremonial first pitch and met a senior cadet from his homeland, Panama. Brennan Boesch and Melky Mesa hit home runs for the Yankees, who were finalizing their roster ahead of the season. WP: Vidal Nuno.
Compiled and arranged by Walter LeConte (SABR) and others