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
4th 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
4th 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]

  • January   3 – George Stone, 68, left fielder for the Boston Americans and St. Louis Browns during seven seasons spanning 1903–1910, who led the American League in his 1905 rookie season with 187 hits, and topped the league in 1906 with a .358 batting average, total bases (291), on-base percentage (.417) and slugging percentage (.501), while finishing second in hits (208) and triples (20), third in RBI (71), and seventh in home runs (6).
  • January   5 – Bill Hobbs, shortstop who played with the Cincinnati Reds in the 1913 and 1916 seasons.
  • January 11 – Harry McNeal, 67, pitcher for the 1901 Cleveland Bluebirds of the American League.
  • January 14 – Ted Blankenship, 43, a hard throwing pitcher who played from 1922 through 1930 for the Chicago White Sox.
  • January 17 – Roy Radebaugh, 63, pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1911 season.
  • January 17 – Rube Ward, 65, backup outfielder for the 1902 Brooklyn Superbas of the National League.
  • January 18 – Mike Fitzgerald, 53, outfielder who played for the New York Highlanders in 1911 and the Philadelphia Phillies in 1918.
  • January 18 – Gene Lansing, 47, pitcher who played briefly for the 1922 Boston Braves of the National League.

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]

  • March 6   – Harry O'Neill, 27, catcher for the 1939 Philadelphia Athletics, whose name is linked forever to that of Elmer Gedeon as the only two major leaguers that were killed during World War II.
  • March 11 – Sam Mertes, 72, left fielder for five clubs in 10 seasons spanning 1896–1906, who was a member of the 1905 World Champions New York Giants and led the National League with 32 doubles and 104 RBI in 1903.
  • March 29 – Ray Tift, 60, pitcher for the 1907 New York Highlanders of the American League.
  • March 29 – Jim Hughey, 76, pitcher who played for the Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago Colts, St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Spiders and St. Louis Cardinals in a span of seven seasons from 1891–1900.

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.
  • August 14 – Tommy Clarke, 57, a fine defensive catcher who spent ten years from 1909 to 1918 for the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs, and also served as a coach on the 1933 World Championship Giants team.

September[edit]

  • September   4 – William Fischer, 54, catcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers/Robins, Chicago Whales, Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates during five seasons from 1913–1917, who led the Whales to the 1915 Federal League pennant.
  • September 12 – Cy Pieh, 58, pitcher who played from 1913 to 1915 with the New York Yankees.
  • September 12 – Dave Zearfoss, 77, backup catcher for the New York Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in parts of five seasons spanning 1896–1905.
  • 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 18 – Ducky Holmes, 63, fine outfielder and smart base runner for seven different teams from 1895 through 1905, who posted a .281 career average and stole 236 bases in 933 games, and also managed 13 seasons in the Minor Leagues.
  • September 21 – Bert Humphries, 64, pitcher who played from 1910 through 1915 for the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies.
  • 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]

November[edit]

  • November   1 – George Hale, 51, backup catcher for the St. Louis Browns in four seasons from 1914–1918.
  • November   3 – Mike Smith, 77, left fielder and pitcher who posted a .310 career batting average and a 75-57 pitching record with six teams from 1886 through 1901, while leading the American Association pitchers with a 2.94 ERA in 1887.
  • November 16 – Jake Northrop, pitcher for the Boston Braves from 1918 to 1919.
  • November 18 – Morrie Rath, 58, speedy and skilled second baseman for four teams in a span of six years from 1909–1920, who led both the American and National Leagues in fielding percentage, putouts, assists and double plays, and also was a member of the 1919 World Champion Cincinnati Reds.
  • November 22 – Dick Carroll, 61, pitcher for the 1909 New York Highlanders of the American League.
  • November 25 – Ham Patterson, 68, first baseman and outfielder who played for the St. Louis Browns and the Chicago White Sox during the 1909 season.

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.

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