1945 in baseball
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- 1 Champions
- 2 Awards and honors
- 3 Major league baseball final standings
- 4 Negro league baseball final standings
- 5 Events
- 6 Births
- 7 Deaths
Major League Baseball
- World Series: Detroit Tigers over Chicago Cubs (4-3)
- All-Star Game cancelled due to flight restrictions. However, inter-league games were played during the All-Star break.
- Negro League World Series: Cleveland Buckeyes over Homestead Grays (4-0)
- Negro League Baseball All-Star Game: West, 9-6
- All-American Girls Professional Baseball League: Rockford Peaches
Awards and honors
- Most Valuable Player
- The Sporting News Player of the Year Award
- Hal Newhouser - P, Detroit Tigers
- The Sporting News Most Valuable Player Award
- The Sporting News Pitcher of the Year Award
- The Sporting News Manager of the Year Award
- Ossie Bluege - Washington Senators
MLB statistical leaders
|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
American League final standings
National League final standings
Negro league baseball final standings
Negro American League final standings
|Negro American League|
|Birmingham Black Barons||39||30||.565|
|Chicago American Giants||39||35||.527|
|Kansas City Monarchs||32||30||.516|
|Memphis Red Sox||17||61||.218|
Negro National League final standings
|Negro National League|
|Washington Homestead Grays||32||13||.711||---|
|Baltimore Elite Giants||25||17||.595||5.5|
|New York Cubans||6||20||.231||16.5|
|New York Black Yankees||7||26||.212||19|
January - July
- April 17 - Amputee Pete Gray makes his major league debut with the St. Louis Browns.
- May 17 - For the fourth time in four days, every American League game was postponed due to rain.
- July 21 - The Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia A's battle for 24 innings, ending the game tied at one. Tigers starter Les Mueller pitches 19.2 innings, while his A's counterpart, Russ Christopher, lasts thirteen.
August - September
- August 1 - Mel Ott hits the 500th home run of his major league career.
- August 4
- World War II amputee Bert Shepard pitches in a game for the Washington Senators.
- Tom McBride of the Boston Red Sox ties a major league record with 6 RBI in the 4th inning of a game with the Washington Senators.
- Senators pitcher Joe Cleary becomes the last native of Ireland to appear in a major league game.
- September 9 - Cleveland Indians first baseman Mickey Rocco leads the way to a doubleheader sweep of the New York Yankees with two home runs, two doubles, and two singles. A crowd of 72,252 is on hand at Yankee Stadium to see their team lose 10-3 and 4-3.
- September 9 - In the second game of a doubleheader, Dick Fowler pitches a no-hitter as the Philadelphia Athletics defeat the St. Louis Browns, 1-0.
- September 29 - Chicago Cubs catcher Paul Gillespie homers in his final major league at bat. In 1942 he homered in his first major league at bat. He was the first player in MLB history to do both. John Miller was the second, in 1966 and 1969.
October - December
- October 10 - The Detroit Tigers defeat the Chicago Cubs, 9-3, in Game 7 of the World Series to win their second World Series, four games to three. To date, the Cubs have not won another National League pennant and have not won the World Series since 1908, these are the longest such droughts in the history of baseball.
- October 23 - Jackie Robinson is signed by the Dodgers; he is later assigned to the Montreal Royals for the 1946 season.
- The Mexican Winter League is born with the name Liga Invernal de Sonora
- January 3 - Larry Barnett
- January 7 - Tony Conigliaro
- January 8 - Jesús Hernáiz
- January 12 - Paul Gilliford
- January 12 - Bob Reed
- January 18 - Tom Harrison
- January 18 - Rich Severson
- January 20 - Dave Boswell
- January 22 - Jophery Brown
- January 25 - Wally Bunker
- January 29 - Dick Mills
- February 9 - Jim Nash
- February 11 - John Paciorek
- February 12 - Don Wilson
- February 14 - Bob Terlecki
- February 15 - Ross Moschitto
- February 21 - Tom Shopay
- February 24 - Gary Moore
- February 26 - Steve Hertz
- March 1 - Jim Panther
- March 5 - Dave Bakenhaster
- March 11 - Dock Ellis
- March 12 - Don O'Riley
- March 12 - Horacio Piña
- March 25 - Jim Ellis
- March 30 - Dick Woodson
- April 2 - Mike Kekich
- April 2 - Reggie Smith
- April 2 - Don Sutton
- April 4 - Nick Bremigan
- April 11 - Mike Kilkenny
- April 15 - Ted Sizemore
- May 3 - Davey Lopes
- May 4- Rene Lachemann
- May 26 - Al Yates
- May 29 - Blue Moon Odom
- May 29 - Clyde Mashore
- June 25 - Dick Drago
- July 1 - Billy Rohr
- July 7 - Chuck Goggin
- July 7 - Bill Melton
- July 10 - Hal McRae
- July 27 - Larry Biittner
- July 29 - Roy Foster
- September 8 - Ossie Blanco
- September 13 - Rick Wise
- September 16 - Ed Sprague
- September 25 - Steve Arlin
- September 26 - Dave Duncan
- November 3 - Ken Holtzman
- November 12 - Rafael Batista
- November 19 - Bobby Tolan
- November 20 - Jay Johnstone
- November 20 - Rick Monday
- December 6 - Larry Bowa
- December 12 - Ralph Garr
- December 14 - Greg Goossen
- December 19 - Art Kusnyer
- December 19 - Geoff Zahn
- 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.
- 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 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.
- June 29 – Clarence Winters, 45, pitcher for the 1924 Boston Red Sox.
- 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 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 16 – Hack Eibel, 51, versatile player for the 1912 Cleveland Naps and the 1920 Boston Red Sox.
- 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.