|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.
|American League Team Stats|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|National League Team Stats|
|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|
|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|