1944 Season News

May 4 - The St. Louis Browns announce that they are dropping their segregation policy restricting Negro fans to the bleachers.

June 6 - All games cancelled due to D-Day.

June 10 - 15-year-old pitcher Joe Nuxhall of the Cincinnati Reds makes his major league debut. He is the youngest person ever to play in a major league game. After giving up five runs to the Cardinals in 2/3 of an inning, he is relieved by Jake Eisenhart, who gets the final out in his only major league appearance.

Despite running a close race for first in the American League, the St. Louis Browns recorded the worst A.L. attendance on September 29th with an embarrassing total of only 6,172 fans witnessing their sweep of a double header against the New York Yankees. The following day, attendance doubled to 12,982 as Dennis Galehouse pitched the entire game, winning 2-0 for his ninth victory of the year. Two days later, the Browns were tied with the Detroit Tigers and boasted their first sellout in over twenty years as 37,815 packed Sportsman's Park to watch their "forgotten" team clinch the pennant on the final day of the season.

Red Barrett of the Boston Braves tossed a fifty-eight pitch shutout over the Cincinnati Reds on August 10th for a 2-0 victory and a Major League record for fewest pitches in a nine-inning game. The outing itself set a record as the shortest night game ever at one hour and fifteen minutes.

September 30 - Detroit Tigers pitcher Hal Newhouser wins his 29th game, defeating the Washington Senators 7-3.

On October 4th, the first all St. Louis World Series (dubbed the Streetcar Series) opened with the Browns beating the Cardinals 2-1. A Fall Classic of many firsts including no-days off, it was also the first Series in which all games were played west of the Mississippi River.
1944 American League
Team Record GB
St. Louis Browns 89-65 -
Detroit Tigers 88-66 1.0
New York Yankees 83-71 6.0
Boston Red Sox 77-77 12.0
Philadelphia Athletics 72-82 17.0
Cleveland Indians 72-82 17.0
Chicago White Sox 71-83 18.0
Washington Senators 64-90 25.0
1944 National League
Team Record GB
St. Louis Cardinals 105-49 -
Pittsburgh Pirates 90-63 14.5
Cincinnati Reds 89-65 16.0
Chicago Cubs 75-79 30.0
New York Giants 67-87 38.0
Boston Braves 65-89 40.0
Brooklyn Dodgers 63-91 42.0
Philadelphia Phillies 61-92 43.5
American League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
St. Louis Browns 89 65 0.578 684 4.44 587 3.81 72 58 0.252 0.321 0.352 3.17 469 581 0.972 142
Detroit Tigers 88 66 0.571 658 4.27 581 3.77 60 39 0.263 0.330 0.354 3.09 452 568 0.970 184
New York Yankees 83 71 0.539 674 4.38 617 4.01 96 82 0.264 0.330 0.387 3.39 532 529 0.974 170
Boston Red Sox 77 77 0.500 739 4.80 676 4.39 69 66 0.270 0.334 0.380 3.82 592 524 0.972 154
Philadelphia Athletics 72 82 0.468 525 3.41 594 3.86 36 58 .257 0.311 0.327 3.26 390 534 0.971 127
Cleveland Indians 72 82 0.468 643 4.18 677 4.40 70 40 0.266 0.329 0.372 3.65 621 524 0.974 192
Chicago White Sox 71 83 0.461 543 3.53 662 4.30 23 68 0.247 0.305 0.320 3.58 420 481 0.970 154
Washington Senators 64 90 0.416 592 3.84 664 4.31 33 48 0.261 0.321 0.330 3.49 475 503 0.964 156
National League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
St. Louis Cardinals 105 49 0.682 772 5.01 490 3.18 100 55 0.275 0.341 0.402 2.67 468 637 0.981 162
Pittsburgh Pirates 90 63 0.588 744 4.86 662 4.33 70 65 0.265 0.336 0.379 3.44 435 452 0.970 122
Cincinnati Reds 89 65 0.578 573 3.72 537 3.49 51 60 0.254 0.310 0.338 2.97 390 369 0.978 153
Chicago Cubs 75 79 0.487 702 4.56 669 4.34 71 75 0.261 0.325 0.360 3.59 458 545 0.970 151
New York Giants 67 87 0.435 682 4.43 773 5.02 93 116 0.263 0.328 0.370 4.29 587 499 0.971 128
Boston Braves 65 89 0.422 593 3.85 674 4.38 79 80 0.246 0.306 0.353 3.67 527 454 0.971 160
Brooklyn Dodgers 63 91 0.409 690 4.48 832 5.40 56 75 0.269 0.329 0.366 4.68 660 487 0.966 112
Philadelphia Phillies 61 92 0.399 539 3.52 658 4.30 55 49 0.251 0.312 0.336 3.64 459 496 0.972 138