1944 November

1st Total attendance in the 2 leagues is 8.9 million. No team draws over a million, as Detroit leads with 923,000.

      The Sporting News selects Bobby Doerr as the MVP in the American League and Marty Marion as the MVP in the NL. Doerr was leading the AL in hitting (.325) and was third in RBIs when he entered the Army with a month to go in the season. Marion’s selection as MVP will stand up and he will be the official MVP in the Senior circuit, but Detroit’s Hal Newhouser will be the official MVP in the American League.

13th Professional baseball in Japan is closed down due to the increased threat that American bombing raids on the Japanese mainland are imminent.

23rd Five groups totaling 23 players, managers, umpires, and writers visit war theaters as part of the USO program. Included are Mel Ott, Dutch Leonard, Frankie Frisch, Bucky Walters, Harry Heilmann, Carl Hubbell, Freddie Fitzsimmons, Bill Summers, Beans Reardon, Johnny Lindell, Tuck Stainback, Steve O’Neill, Leo Durocher, Joe Medwick, Nick Etten, Dixie Walker, Paul Waner, and Rip Sewell.

25th Kenesaw Mountain Landis, baseball’s first commissioner, dies of a heart attack at age 78 in Chicago. The Commissioner had ruled over baseball since November 1920 in the wake of the Black Sox scandal, and wielded authority perhaps unparalleled in any other industry. Landis had entered the hospital on October 2nd. He will be named to the Hall of Fame on December 9th by a special committee which he formed on August 4th.

28th Hal Newhouser is named MVP in the AL gathering 4 more votes than teammate Dizzy Trout (232). Newhouser’s 29 wins contrasts with 9-9-8-8 win-totals in previous years. His 2.22 ERA is bettered by Trout (2.12), who also has 27 wins, the only two 20-game winners in the AL.