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.
1945 American League
Team Record GB
Detroit Tigers 88-65 -
Washington Senators 87-67 1.5
St. Louis Browns 81-70 6.0
New York Yankees 81-71 6.5
Cleveland Indians 73-72 11.0
Chicago White Sox 71-78 15.0
Boston Red Sox 71-83 17.5
Philadelphia Athletics 52-98 34.5
1945 National League
Team Record GB
Chicago Cubs 98-56 -
St. Louis Cardinals 95-59 3.0
Brooklyn Dodgers 87-67 11.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 82-72 16.0
New York Giants 78-74 19.0
Boston Braves 67-85 30.0
Cincinnati Reds 61-93 37.0
Philadelphia Blue Jays 46-108 52.0
American League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Detroit Tigers 88 65 0.575 633 4.14 565 3.69 77 48 0.256 0.322 0.361 2.99 538 588 0.974 173
Washington Senators 87 67 0.565 622 4.04 562 3.65 27 42 0.258 0.327 0.334 2.92 440 550 0.970 124
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
Cleveland Indians 73 72 0.503 557 3.84 548 3.78 65 39 0.255 0.325 0.359 3.31 501 497 0.977 149
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
Philadelphia Athletics 52 98 0.347 494 3.29 638 4.25 33 55 0.245 0.304 0.316 3.62 571 531 0.975 160
National League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Chicago Cubs 98 56 0.636 735 4.77 532 3.45 57 57 0.277 0.345 0.372 2.98 385 541 0.980 124
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
Brooklyn Dodgers 87 67 0.565 795 5.16 724 4.70 57 74 0.271 0.347 0.376 3.70 586 557 0.962 144
Pittsburgh Pirates 82 72 0.532 753 4.89 686 4.45 72 61 0.267 0.340 0.377 3.76 455 518 0.971 141
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
Boston Braves 67 85 0.441 721 4.74 728 4.79 101 99 0.267 0.331 0.374 4.04 557 404 0.969 160
Cincinnati Reds 61 93 0.396 536 3.48 694 4.51 56 70 0.249 0.301 0.333 4.00 534 372 0.976 138
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