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  USS Arizona - BB39 "Jack Tars"  (1915 - 1941)

1935 Team Photo

Top L-R: Coach Hardwick, Fleck, Slade Curter (borrowed from the USS Idaho), Furnarri (77), Buzz Borries, John Hotinsky (14), Banks, Carl Gleason (30), Charles Rourk (90), Bundy, Post (40).  Middle Row: Pharmacists Mate Jacobs, Oklham (18), Belvins (66), Benson (70), Keith (13), Paul Nye (11), Leinen (24), W.J. Stromquist, Smith (33), Kruk (44), Bottom Row: Boehm (16), Bull Sperandio (12), Frizzell (17), Charlton (22) Parker (20), Buccini (27), and Livingston (55).

Years of Operation: 1915-1941

 

Overall Record

 

First Game:

 

First Win:

 

Final Game:

 

League Affiliation:  

Naval Fleet League & Independent

 

 

 

Team Headquarters:

United States Naval Bases

Owner: United States Navy

 

General Manager:

 

Coaches: Lt. Hank Hardwick (1935)

 

Home Field(s): No Home Fields

Titles Won

 

 

 

 

Honors

 

All-League


All-America

 

The Arizona was commissioned to honor the admittance of the State of Arizona into the United States.  The battleship was a Pennsylvania-class "super-dreadnought".  Launched on June 19, 1915, the ship served state-side during WWI and is now the most famous victim of the Dec 7, 1941 sneak attack on Pearl Harbor where she lies at the bottom, a silent tomb for 1,177 sailors, many of whom made up the Arizona's football team.

 

Players on the Arizona football team were accorded special privileges, including help in advancement and rating, so they would remain happy and stay with the ship.  The big year for football was 1935.  All-American Buzz Borries really put the finishing touch on a team that was talented already.  Enlisted men such as Carl Gleason, Charles Rourk, and John Hostinksky had been on the squad since the ship went back into service in 1931.  The coach was Lt. Hank Hardwick who later coached the Naval Academy.

 

1916 Schedule/Results (0-1):  
   
   
   
1918 Schedule/Results (0-1):  
Sep 21 @ Naval Transport Services 6-10
   
   
   

1919 Schedule/Results (0-1-1):

 
Oct 4 @ Columbia University 0-0
 - USS Pennsylvania L
   
   
1920 Schedule/Results (0-1):  
Nov 13 @ Stevens Tech Engineers 13-30
   
1926 Schedule/Results (1-1):  
Nov 7 @ West Seattle Athletic Club 0-26
Nov 14 @ West Seattle Athletic Club 14-13
Nov 21 @ Jefferson Park Athletic Club cancel
Nov 28 @ Jefferson Park Athletic Club  
   
1935 Schedule/Results (1-1):  
 - USS Lexington 68-0
Dec 15 @ West Seattle Athletic Club  
Dec 28 - USS Pennsylvania* (Bremerton, WA) 8-13
   *Battle Fleet Championship  
   
   
   
   
   
1940 Schedule/Results (0-1):  
Nov 17 @ Bremerton Red Raiders 0-12
   
   
1941 Schedule/Results (0-1):  
   
 - USS Idaho 0-18
 Dec 7 - USS Pennsylvania * cancel
  * Battle Fleet Championship  
   
   
   
   
   
 

 

   
   
   
   

 

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