1944 December

12th The Tigers swap infielder Joe Orengo to the Red Sox for Skeeter Webb, son-in-law of Detroit manager Steve O’Neill. O’Neill denies any knowledge of trade talks, saying “I read about it in the morning paper.”

21st NL averages show Brooklyn’s Dixie Walker at the top of the hitters with a .357 mark, ahead of Stan Musial at .347. In an even closer vote than occurred in the AL, the NL MVP award goes to fielding wizard Marty Marion, who tallies one more vote than Cubs slugger Bill Nicholson (189). The Cardinals erred only 112 times and averaged .982, both better than previous records held by the 1940 Reds. Marion is the 3rd different Cardinal in 3 years to win the honor.

28th Former Washington 3B Buddy Lewis wins the Distinguished Flying Cross for precision flying over the Burma War Theater.