|1945 Season News
Pete Gray of the St. Louis Browns became the first "physically challenged" Major League ballplayer. Despite the loss of his right arm in a childhood accident, Gray had learned to field, throw and bat solely with his left. He quickly built a reputation for hitting clutch, line drives around the field and also exhibited fearless speed and daring on the base paths. As a testament to overcoming adversity, his fielding technique was a study in both agility and dexterity. After catching a fly ball, the outfielder would tuck his thinly padded glove under his stump; roll the ball across his chest, and throw it to the cut-off man in one fluid motion.
Red Sox rookie Boo Ferriss set an American League record after pitching twenty-two consecutive shut out innings for the most scoreless innings at the start of a Major League career. His streak finally ended on May 13th after he allowed one earned run against the Detroit Tigers en route to a 6-2 victory.
The Boston Braves swept a July 6th double header against the Pittsburgh Pirates 13-5 and 14-8 as Tommy Holmes hit in his thirty-fourth consecutive game to pass the previous streak of thirty-three set by Rogers Hornsby in 1922.
Billy Southworth Jr., the first player in organized baseball to enlist for military service in WWII, died on February 15th after his B29 crashed off the coast of Flushing, New York. The twenty-seven year-old combat veteran had flown twenty-five successful missions in Europe and was the son of St. Louis Cardinals manager Billy Southworth.
On October 23rd, Brooklyn Dodgers owner Branch Rickey announced the signing of Jackie Robinson as the first African-American to play in the Major Leagues. Over the course of a distinguished ten year career, Robinson went go on to lead the Dodgers to six National League titles and one World Series championship. A man of many "firsts", Robinson also became the first black player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.
|American League Team Stats|
|St. Louis Browns||81||70||0.536||597||3.95||548||3.63||63||59||0.249||0.315||0.341||3.14||506||570||0.976||123|
|New York Yankees||81||71||0.533||676||4.45||606||3.99||93||66||0.259||0.338||0.373||3.45||485||474||0.971||170|
|Chicago White Sox||71||78||0.477||596||4.00||633||4.25||22||63||0.262||0.324||0.337||3.69||448||486||0.970||139|
|Boston Red Sox||71||83||0.461||599||3.89||674||4.38||50||58||0.260||0.327||0.346||3.80||656||490||0.973||198|
|National League Team Stats|
|St. Louis Cardinals||95||59||0.617||756||4.91||583||3.79||64||70||0.273||0.335||0.371||3.24||497||510||0.977||150|
|New York Giants||78||74||0.513||668||4.39||700||4.61||114||85||0.269||0.332||0.379||4.06||528||530||0.973||112|
|Philadelphia Blue Jays||46||108||0.299||548||3.56||865||5.62||56||61||0.246||0.306||0.326||4.64||608||432||0.962||150|