1945 October

3rd The Tigers and Cubs meet in the WS for the 4th time. Hank Borowy pitches a 6-hitter and Hal Newhouser is roughed up for 8 runs in 3 innings, as the Cubs win 9–0.

4th Returning war vets Virgil Trucks and Hank Greenberg produce a 4–1 Detroit win. Trucks, who pitched in only 5 innings of one game at the end of the season, pitches a complete game, giving up 7 hits: he did win a game during the regular season. Greenberg’s 3-run HR in the 5th wins the game.

5th Claude Passeau of the Chicago Cubs pitches a one-hitter, beating the Detroit Tigers 3–0 in the 3rd game of the WS. Rudy York’s 2nd-inning single spoils Passeau’s bid for immortality. Bill Nicholson drives in the first run.

6th Tavern owner “Billy Goat” Sianis buys a box seat for his goat for the 4th game of the WS and is escorted out of Wrigley Field. In retaliation Sianis casts a “goat curse” over the Cubs. The Tigers tie the series on Dizzy Trout’s five-hit 4–1 win. Detroit scores all its runs in the 4th, with Hank Greenberg, Roy Cullenbine, Paul Richards, and a force-out scoring the runners.

7th Hal Newhouser beats Hank Borowy 8–4. A 4-run 6th, including Hank Greenberg’s double, provides the margin. The Tigers now lead the WS 3 games to 2.

8th Stan Hack’s double takes a tricky bounce over LF Hank Greenberg’s shoulder with 2 outs in the 12th inning to give the Chicago Cubs an 8–7 win in the 6th game of the WS. Hack has 4 hits, 3 RBIs, and reaches base 6 times. Borowy pitches 4 scoreless innings in relief, while Dizzy Trout, Detroit’s 5th pitcher, is the loser. The Series is now tied at 3 games apiece. Greenberg’s homer in the 8th is one of 13 hits for Detroit; Chicago counters with 15.

10th The Tigers tally 5 runs in the first inning and rout the Chicago Cubs 9–3 behind Hal Newhouser, who strikes out 10, enabling Detroit to win baseball’s most sloppy World Series, 4 games to 3. One of his strikeout victims is pinch hitter Clyde McCullough, whose last appearance was in the 1943 season. McCullough was in the Navy the past two years and was activated by the Cubs as MLB allows teams to expand their rosters for returning veterans. The winners get $6,433 a share, 2nd to the 1937 Yankees share. Each Cub gets $3,930. Total receipts of $1.6 million is a WS record.

15th Attendance in the ML was 10.28 million, breaking the 1940 record. The Tigers led with 1.28 million. The Dodgers, Giants, and Cubs also drew a million.

23rd Branch Rickey announces the signing of Jackie Robinson by the Dodger organization. Robinson signs a Montreal (IL) contract for 1946. The Dodgers will also sign Black pitcher John Wright.

29th Happy Chandler, who had continued to serve in the U.S. Senate after becoming commissioner, resigns his political office. He will presently move the commissioner’s quarters to Cincinnati.