1944 in baseball

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The following are the baseball events of the year 1944 throughout the world.  

Champions[edit]

Major League Baseball[edit]

Other champions[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

MLB statistical leaders[edit]

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Lou Boudreau CLE .327 Dixie Walker BRO .357
HR Nick Etten NYY 22 Bill Nicholson CHC 33
RBI Vern Stephens SLB 109 Bill Nicholson CHC 122
Wins Hal Newhouser DET 29 Bucky Walters CIN 23
ERA Dizzy Trout DET 2.12 Ed Heusser CIN 2.38
Ks Hal Newhouser DET 187 Bill Voiselle NYG 141

Major league baseball final standings[edit]

American League final standings[edit]

American League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st St. Louis Browns 89   65 .578    --
2nd Detroit Tigers 88   66 .571   1
3rd New York Yankees 83   71 .536   6.0
4th Boston Red Sox 77   77 .500   12.0
5th Philadelphia Athletics 72   82 .468 17.0
5th Cleveland Indians 72   82 .468 17.0
7th Chicago White Sox 71 83 .461 18.0
8th Washington Senators 64 90 .416 25.0

National League final standings[edit]

National League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st St. Louis Cardinals 105   49 .682    --
2nd Pittsburgh Pirates 90   63 .588   14.5
3rd Cincinnati Reds 89   65 .578   16
4th Chicago Cubs 75   79 .487   30
5th New York Giants 67   87 .435 38
6th Boston Braves 65   89 .422 40.0
7th Brooklyn Dodgers 63 91 .409 42
8th Philadelphia Phillies 61 92 .399 43.5

Negro league baseball final standings[edit]

Negro American League final standings[edit]

Negro American League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Birmingham Black Barons 48 22 .686 --
Indianapolis–Cincinnati Clowns 40 31 .563 8.5
Cleveland Buckeyes 40 41 .494 13.5
Memphis Red Sox 44 51 .463 15.5
Chicago American Giants 32 39 .451 16.5
Kansas City Monarchs 23 42 .354 22.5

Negro National League final standings[edit]

Negro National League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Washington Homestead Grays 27 12 .692 ---
Baltimore Elite Giants 24 20 .545 5.5
New York Cubans 16 14 .533 6.5
Philadelphia Stars 19 18 .514 7
Newark Eagles 19 22 .463 9
New York Black Yankees 4 24 .154 17.5

Events[edit]

January–March[edit]

April–June[edit]

July–September[edit]

October–December[edit]

  • October 9 - The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the St. Louis Browns, 3–1, in Game 6 of the World Series to win their fifth World Series, four games to two. The Browns are the last of the original eight members of the American League to win the pennant. It would be their only World Series appearance before relocating to Baltimore ten years later. This only marked only the third time in World Series history in which both teams had the same home field, Sportsman's Park, with the other two being in 1921 and 1922 at the Polo Grounds. The Series was also known as the "Streetcar Series", or the "St. Louis Showdown."
  • November 28 - Detroit Tigers pitcher Hal Newhouser, who posted a 29-9 record with 187 strikeouts and a 2.22 ERA, is named the American League Most Valuable Player, gathering four more votes than pitching teammate Dizzy Trout (27-14, 144, 2.12).
  • December 2 - Japan, where baseball has been banned as an undesirable enemy influence, mourns the death of Eiji Sawamura. The Japanese pitcher, who is killed in action in the Pacific, became a national hero by striking out Babe Ruth in an exhibition game.

Births[edit]

January–March[edit]

April–June[edit]

July–September[edit]

October–December[edit]

Deaths[edit]

  • January 7 - George Mullin, 63, pitcher who won 228 games including a no-hitter, mainly with the Tigers, having five 20-win seasons
  • April 25 - Tony Mullane, 85, pitcher who won 284 games, including five 30-win seasons, throwing with both hands; led league in shutouts twice and strikeouts once
  • June 28 - Dan Stearns, 82, first baseman for seven season from 1880 to 1885, and 1889.
  • July 3 - Charlie Reynolds, 79, catcher for two teams in 1889, the Kansas City Cowboys and the Brooklyn Bridegrooms.
  • August 4 - Camp Skinner, 47, backup outfielder for the New York Yankees (1922) and Boston Red Sox (1923)
  • October 10 - Louis Leroy, 65, pitcher for the New York Highlanders and Boston Red Sox between 1905 and 1910
  • October 17 - Jack Powell, 70, pitcher who won 245 games, primarily for the St. Louis Browns and Cardinals
  • November 25 - Kenesaw Mountain Landis, 78, commissioner of baseball since that office's creation in 1920 who established the position's authority in overseeing cleanup of corruption in wake of the Black Sox scandal, banishing eight players from the sport for life for involvement in throwing 1919 World Series; as federal judge, had presided over 1914 case in which Federal League challenged major leagues under antitrust law; strong advocate of the independence of minor leagues from control of majors
  • December 4 - Roger Bresnahan, 65, catcher and leadoff hitter who starred for the New York Giants from 1902–1908, and was first major leaguer to wear shinguards; led NL in walks in 1908, and was only catcher to steal 200 bases.

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