1945 in baseball

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The following are the baseball events of the year 1945 throughout the world.

Champions[edit]

Major League Baseball[edit]

Other champions[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

MLB statistical leaders[edit]

Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Snuffy Stirnweiss NYY .309 Phil Cavarretta CHC .355
HR Vern Stephens SLB 24 Tommy Holmes BSB 28
RBI Nick Etten NYY 111 Dixie Walker BRO 124
Wins Hal Newhouser DET 25 Red Barrett STL 23
ERA Hal Newhouser DET 1.81 Ray Prim CHC 2.40
Ks Hal Newhouser DET 212 Preacher Roe PIT 140

Major league baseball final standings[edit]

American League final standings[edit]

American League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st Detroit Tigers 88   65 .575    --
2nd Washington Senators 87   67 .565   1.5
3rd St. Louis Browns 81   70 .536   6
3rd New York Yankees 81   71 .533   6.5
5th Cleveland Indians 73   72 .503   11
6th Chicago White Sox 71   78 .477   15
7th Boston Red Sox 71   83 .461   17.5
8th Philadelphia Athletics 52   98 .347   34.5

National League final standings[edit]

National League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st Chicago Cubs 98   56 .636    --
2nd St. Louis Cardinals 95   59 .617   3
3rd Brooklyn Dodgers 87   67 .565   11
3rd Pittsburgh Pirates 82   72 .532   16
5th New York Giants 78   74 .513   19
6th Boston Braves 67   85 .441   30
7th Cincinnati Reds 61   93 .396   37
8th Philadelphia Phillies 46   108 .299   52

Negro league baseball final standings[edit]

Negro American League final standings[edit]

Negro American League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Cleveland Buckeyes 53 16 .768
Birmingham Black Barons 39 30 .565
Chicago American Giants 39 35 .527
Kansas City Monarchs 32 30 .516
Cincinnati Clowns 30 39 .435
Memphis Red Sox 17 61 .218

Negro National League final standings[edit]

Negro National League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Washington Homestead Grays 32 13 .711 ---
Baltimore Elite Giants 25 17 .595 5.5
Newark Eagles 21 17 .553 7.5
Philadelphia Stars 21 19 .525 8.5
New York Cubans 6 20 .231 16.5
New York Black Yankees 7 26 .212 19

Events[edit]

January - July[edit]

August - September[edit]

October - December[edit]

Date unknown[edit]

  • The Mexican Winter League is born with the name Liga Invernal de Sonora

Births[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

Deaths[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

  • February 21 – Paul Radford, 83, outfielder and shortstop for nine different teams in a 12-season career from 1883–1894, who collected 1206 hits and 346 stolen bases in 1361 games, while being a member of the 1884 World Champion Providence Grays and three pennant-winning teams.

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

  • May 25 – Charlie Frye, 30, pitcher for the 1940 Philadelphia Phillies.
  • May 27 – Walter Carlisle, 63, English left fielder for the 1908 Boston Red Sox, who entered the records books as the only outfielder ever to make an unassisted triple play in organized baseball, while playing for the 1911 Vernon Tigers of the Pacific Coast League.

June[edit]

  • June 18 – Sid Mercer, 64, Hall of Fame sportswriter who covered mostly boxing and baseball in St. Louis, Missouri and in New York City, and also served as an official with the St. Louis Browns from 1903 through 1905.

July[edit]

August[edit]

  • August   7 – Bobby Veach, 57, left fielder for the Detroit Tigers who batted .310 lifetime, while leading the American League in RBI three times and in doubles twice.
  • August   9 – Art Nichols, 74, catcher, first baseman and outfielder who played from 1898 through 1903 for the Chicago Orphans and the St. Louis Cardinals.

September[edit]

  • September 13 – Cy Blanton, 37, All-Star pitcher and one of the mainstays of the Pittsburgh Pirates rotation, who won 18 games and led the National League in earned run average (2.58) and shutouts (4) in his 1935 rookie season, while leading again the league in shutouts in 1936 (4) and starts in 1937 (34).
  • September 27 – Lou Nordyke, 69, first baseman who played for the St. Louis Browns of the American League in 1906.
  • September 29 – George Van Haltren, 79, center fielder, primarily with the New York Giants, who hit a .316 lifetime average and ranked sixth all-time in both hits (2500+) and runs upon retirement; led the National League in triples and stolen bases once each, and also won 40 games as pitcher, including a six-inning no-hitter.

October[edit]

  • October 16 – Hack Eibel, 51, versatile player for the 1912 Cleveland Naps and the 1920 Boston Red Sox.

November[edit]

December[edit]

  • December 27 – Hugh Fullerton, 72, Chicago sportswriter who helped break the story of the Black Sox Scandal and, as an early advocate of the value of baseball statistics, gained wide attention for correctly predicting the White Sox' upset of the Cubs in the 1906 World Series, even getting right the winner of each game and the day of a rainout.