1945 September

1st The Phils beat the Braves 8–3 in Boston, as Vince DiMaggio hits his 4th grand slam of the year, tying a major league mark. An injury will shortly end the season for the senior DiMaggio.

Detroit’s Hal Newhouser wrenches his back pitching against the Indian’s Bob Feller. Newhouser leaves the game in the 7th and will stay behind when the team leaves for New York, but will rejoin them on the 7th. The Tigers win, 5–4, behind Jim Tobin’s 2 innings of relief and are just 1 ½ games ahead of the 2nd place Senators. For the second time in a month, Red Borom has 5 hits for Detroit.

2nd Before 34,939 paid customers, the largest crowd at Sportsman’s Park since August 13, 1939, the Cardinals split with the Cubs, losing 4-1 in 10 innings and winning, 4-0. The Cards lose the opener on Al Secory’s 3-run pinch double then turn the ball over to Red Barrett for game 2. Lennie Merullo, leading off the 3rd with a single, is the only baserunner for the Cubs, and he is cut down attempting to steal. Barrett faces just 27 batters in the win, his 20th of the year. The split leaves the Cards two game behind the Cubs for the NL lead.

3rd In game 1 of a Labor Day doubleheader in Chicago, Andy Pafko hits a grand slam off Ed Heusser in the 1st inning as the Cubs beat Reds, 7-2. Paul Derringer is the winner over Heusser. Chicago wins the nitecap as well, 7-1, as Hy Vandenberg outpitches Vern Kennedy. Chicago is now 19–1 this year versus the Reds, and moves 4 games in front of the 2nd place Cardinals.

New York sweeps a pair from the A’s, winning 4–1, and 7–6 in 11 innings. Game 2 fireworks include George Stirnweiss’s 4 long hits—2 doubles and 2 triples, and Charlie Keller’s, double, triple, and homer. Additional fireworks come when Yank reliever Ken Holcombe strikes out in the 10th to end the frame and umpire Joe Rue and A’s catcher Charley “Greek” George get into a fist fight following much disagreement over calls. George will be suspended 90 days for hitting Rue. Once his suspension ends, Connie Mack will give him his unconditional release and George never plays again in the majors.

In sweeping a pair from St. Louis, Pittsburgh edges the Cardinals, 6–5, beating starter Ted Wilks. Wilks will not lose another game until 1948—a total of 77 appearances, all but four in relief. Bill Salkeld has 2 of the Bucs 4 homers, and Frank Gustine steals home. In game 2, a 6–2 win, Preacher Roe fans 11 while his batterymate Al Lopez catches his 1,793rd game, a ML record for catchers. He tops Hartnett.

Tom Seats of Brooklyn wins a pair against the Braves. Seats shuts out Boston, 4–0, in the opener, and wins the nitecap, 4–3 in 10 innings, with an inning of relief.

Before a crowd of 45,000 in Nuremberg, Germany, the Oise Base All Stars beat the Third Army All-star team, 2–1, to take a 2–1 lead in the Army World Series. Leon Day of the Newark Black Eagles, pitches a 4-hitter for the victory. The final two games in the series will be played in Reims, France.

4th Long-time Yankee batting practice pitcher Paul Schreiber, 43, who last pitched in the ML in 1923 and the minors in 1931, relieves for the Yankees against Detroit in a Tiger rout. Schreiber gives up no hits in 3 1⁄3 innings, but the Tigers and Dizzy Trout win, 10–0. The 22 years between ML appearances is a ML record. Schreiber will pitch again on the 8th when, in an 11-4 loss to Detroit, he gives up 4 hits and 2 earned runs in a one-inning appearance.

5th On Honus Wagner Night in Pittsburgh, the Dodgers spoil the party by winning, 5–3, in 10 innings, on Goody Rosen’s 2-run homer.

Reds rookie pitcher Mike Modak, who joined the Reds after his school year at Indiana University, shuts out the Phillies, 1-0, in the first game of a doubleheader. The Reds manage just 3 hits against Phils rookie Dick Mauney. For Modak, this shutout is his lone ML victory (noted by J.G. Preston). The Phils take the second game, 8-6, as Andy Seminick homers and Vince DiMaggio has 3 hits.

6th       At Yankee Stadium, the Yanks take the first game of a twinbill with Detroit, winning 14-5. Rookie Aaron Robinson has his second 2-homer game of the season, driving in 4 runs. Robinson will hit all 8 of his homers at home, the only Yankee rookie to ever do that (Bobby Brown and Shelley Duncan will hit their first 5 at home). Detroit rallies in game 2 to win 5-2 and stay a game and a half ahead of Washington.

In St. Louis, the Braves use an 18-hit attack and score 6 in the 9th in game 1 to whip the Cardinals, 9-1. Ed Wright (5-2) limits the Cards to 3 hits and garners 3 hits himself. Tommy Holmes hits his league-leading 28th homer and drives in 3 runs with 3 hits. Holmes is second in the NL in hitting. He will hit no more homers this year but his 8 is good enough to top the circuit. He will also strike out just 9 times, the league’s low, and is the only leading homerun hitter in history to do so. In game 2, the Cards win, 7-3, as Buster Adams drives in 4 runs and hits his 22nd homer, tied for second in the NL.

7th Facing the Brown’s Bob Muncrief Joe Kuhel hits an inside-the-park HR into the CF corner, the only homer hit by a Senator all season at Washington’s cavernous Griffith Stadium. The Nats hit 26 more on the road. The Senators win, 3–2, behind Roger Wolff’s 4-hitter. Muncrief also tosses a 4-hitter. George Case scores the 1st run on a steal of home and also steals 2B and scores just before Kuhel’s HR in the 3rd inning.

Detroit stays 1½ game ahead of Washington by beating the Yankees 5–0 behind Newhouser’s 22nd win. Newhouser allows just 4 singles in winning as the Tigers will win five games in New York.

After winning the first of two games with the Phillies, 6-2, the Reds start 18-year-old Herm Wehmeir, a Cincinnati prep star. He doesn’t last long as he gives up 6 hits and 6 runs in one inning of the 8-6 loss. Hod Lisenbee makes his final appearance on the mound in relief: the 47-year-old is the last major leaguer born in the 19th century.

8th President Truman tosses out the first ball and then cheers the Senators to their 5th win in 6 games against the Browns. The 2ndplace Nats win 4–1 behind the 5-hit pitching of Pete Appleton, recently released by the Browns. It is the vet’s last win.

At Yankee Stadium, the Tigers keep a 1 ½ game lead on the Senators by belting the Yankees, 11-4, behind Dizzy Trout. Making his final ML appearance in this game is reliever Paul Schreiber, who pitched in 2 games this year for New York. He last pitched for the Dodgers in 1923—a 22-year gap between ML appearances.

9th Dick Fowler of the Philadelphia Athletics returns from 3 years with the Canadian Army and pitches a no-hitter, walking 4 and beating the St. Louis Browns, 1–0, in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. A triple by Hal Peck leads to the winning run in the 9th. It is the Canadian Fowler’s first start since his return and his first ML shutout. The no-hitter is the first by an Athletic since 1916. There won’t be another no-hitter by a Canadian until 2018.

In a twinbill, Philadelphia and the Pirates split, with Pittsburgh winning 4–3 and losing 14–3. Philadelphia’s Jimmie Foxx hits a HR in each game, his 6th and 7th of the season. The second homer is the 534th and last of his career.

The Cubs sweep the Cards, 9–1 and 4–0, for their 17th doubleheader sweep this year. This ties the ML record set by the Cards last year.

10th At Yankee Stadium, Charlie Keller’s 7th inning grand slam snaps a 1-1 tie as the Yankees top Cleveland, 5-1.

12th The second-place Cardinals score three runs in the 1st inning against the Dodgers and rookie Art Lopatka, making his ML debut, makes the lead stand up, winning 3–2. It is Lopatka’s lone ML victory. He will be waived to the Phils next April and, while pitching batting practice in spring training, a Del Ennis line drive will injure his pitching hand effectively ending his ML career.

13th In his first start since returning from the Navy, Senators P Walt Masterson shuts out the Indians, 4-0, on 2 hits. Masterson’s win leaves the Senators just a half-game behind Detroit.

Maybe his #17 should be #7. At Yankee Stadium, Bill Zuber holds the White Sox hitless for 6 2/3 innings and allows just one hit through 9 scoreless innings. But the Yanks can’t score against Bill Dietrich and Zuber collapses in the 10th allowing 7 hits and 7 runs to lose, 7-0. It is the seventh time that Zuber has lost by a shutout, a Yankee record.

At Crosley Field, a crowd of 281 fans watch their Reds lose to the Giants, 3–2.

Cy Blanton, who twice led the NL in shutouts, dies in a mental institution in Norman, Oklahoma at the age of 37. His career was cut short by mental illness.

15th In Washington, Detroit opens a 5-game series against the 2ndplace Senators by breaking 6th inning ties in each game to sweep a pair, 7–4 and 7–3. The losses drop the pesky Nats 2 ½ games back.

16th After 10 straight losses to Newhouser stretch back to 1943, the Senators finally beat the Detroit ace, 3–2. behind Roger Wolff’s 19thwin. The Tigers then win the nitecap 5–4, to stay at 2 ½ ahead.

At New York, the Browns and Yankees split a pair, the Bombers losing the opener, 6–2, to Bob Muncrief. Vern Stephens has a 3-run homer and drives in 4 runs. Leadoff hitter Pete Gray is 1-for-4, collecting his safety off reliever Tiny Bonham. It is the last major league hit for the one-armed outfielder as he goes 0-for-3 in the nitecap, a 5–4 win for New York. Spud Chandler, the winning pitcher, drives in 3 runs.

17th At Wrigley Field, Brooklyn’s Art Herring holds the Cubs to 3 hits in stopping the league leaders, 4–0. Ed Stevens has a 2-run double and an inside-the-park homer to pace the Dodgers. Swish Nicholson sets a NL record by making 10 putouts in RF, and he ties another mark with 11 chances accepted.

18th The Senators score 4 in the 1st inning against Dizzy Trout, pitching for the 6th time in 10 days, and beat the Tigers 12–5 on a muddy field. The 2 teams tie a ML record by using 35 players. Detroit returns home 1 ½ games ahead of the Senators.

In the Reds doubleheader split with Boston, Hank Sauer hits 3 homers, one in the first game and pair in game 2. The Reds lose the opener in 11 innings, 3–1, as Harrist and Wright each allow just 4 hits. Cincy 2B Kermit Wahl makes 3 errors in the 11th, a NL record-tying effort (but the only one to do it in extra frames). Howie Fox is the nitecap winner, 6–2.

The Cardinals give the Cubs 2 runs in the 1st on 2 hits and 2 errors, then hold on to win, 3–2, shaving the Cubs NL lead to 2 games over St. Louis. Red Barrett wins his 22nd game.

19th Bob Feller limits the Tigers to one hit—a 5th inning bloop single by Jimmy Outlaw—as the Indians beat Detroit 2–0, and cut the Bengals lead to one game over idle Washington. Heath’s 2-run homer, one of 3 hits, accounts for all the scoring. Feller has now thrown 6 one-hitters.

A pigeon gets into play in Boston as the Red Sox sweep a pair from the A’s, winning 11-10 and 3-0. In game 1 Tommy McBride mistakes a pigeon for the ball in the first half of the 3rd inning and lets Sam Chapman’s double bang against the wall at least 30 feet from him. In the bottom of the 3rd, Skeeter Newsome singles and Hal Peck’s throw strikes a pigeon deflecting off to the A’s second baseman Irv Hall, who tags out Newsome trying to stretch his hit into a double. Otis Clarke pitches the Red Sox to a 3-0 win in the nitecap

At Yankee Stadium, the Browns take a pair of 10-inning games from the Bombers, winning 6-5 and 4-3. Ruffing goes the distance for the loss in the opener, and Ox Miller beats Floyd Bevans in game 2.

At Wrigley, the Cubs score a run in the 9th to tie and 3 in the 10th to beat the Cardinals, 4–1. Borowy and Dockins match scoreless frames until the 8th. The Cards will win the rubber game tomorrow.

At Ebbets Field, the Dodgers edge the Gianta, 5-4, with the help of Mike Sandlock’s 3-run homer off Harry Feldman. It is Sandlock’s second and last career four bagger; his first homer came off Harry Feldman as well.

In two exhibition games in New York, the Cleveland Buckeyes, the Negro AL champs, beat the Bushwicks, 2-0, behind Roosevelt Davis’s 3-hitter. The Homestead Grays, the Negro NL champs, lose 4-2 to the New York Cubans at the Polo Grounds.

20th The Tigers lose to the Indians 6–1 while the Yankees beat the Senators by the same score. Cleveland scores 6 runs in the 8th with the help of 4 errors to rout Benton.

At Sportsman’s Park, the Cards Harry Brecheen (14-3) outpitches veteran Ray Prim of the Cubs to win, 2-0 and stay 2 games in back of Chicago. The 38-year-old Prim (13-8) is 11-3 down the stretch and compiles a remarkable 1.27 ERA in his final 113.1 innings pitched. His 2.40 ERA will lead the NL, the last Cubs hurler this century to do so.

21st At New York, the Yankees again dent the Senators’ pennant aspirations, beating them 5-3 behind homers by Nick Etten and George Stirnweiss. The Nats drop to 1 ½ games behind the idle Tigers. The Senators lose Harlond Clift who is hit on the head by a batting practice pitch and suffers a concussion. Yesterday will prove to be his last ML game.

22nd The Tigers eliminate the Browns, winning 9–0 behind Hal Newhouser (23-9). Hal drives in 3 runs with a double and triple.

Roger Wolff wins his 20th for the Senators, stopping the A’s, 2–0, to keep the Nats’ hopes alive.

Red Barrett wins his 23rd, 9–4, over the Reds and the Cards move to 1 ½ games behind the idle Cubs.

23rd To make Griffith Stadium available for pro football, the Senators finish their season early, playing their last 2 games of the year in Philadelphia. The A’s tie the Nats 3–3 in the 8th, then win it in the 12th, 4–3, on a fly ball that OF Bingo Binks loses in the sun and it drops for a double. Bingo neglects to don sunglasses after the sun breaks through the clouds. Kell singles home the winner. The Senators win the night cap, 4–3, but their season ends with them one game behind the Tigers at 87-67.

The Tigers lose to Nels Potter, 5–0, garnering only 2 hits off the Browns ace. They next play on the 26th and the 30th, while the second-place Senators must sit by and watch.

After being honored in a pre-game ceremony on Andy Pafko Day, Pafko hits his 2nd slam of the month, off Preacher Roe in the 1stinning of game 1 in Chicago. The Cubs beat the Pirates, 7-3, with Hank Wyse winning over Roe. The nitecap is rained out. The win keeps the Cubs 1 ½ games ahead of the Cards, winners over the Reds.

On Boo Ferriss Day at Fenway Park, the Sox ace receives numerous gifts, including an automobile, before the doubleheader with the Yankees. Ferriss pinchhits in the opener, a 6-5 14-inning win for the Sox. Already a 21-game winner, Boo starts game 2, but is on the short end of a 2-1 decision in a game called after five innings as the Sunday Law prevents further play.

The Phillies salvage a split with the Dodgers after making only one hit—by Rene Monteagudo—off Hal Gregg in a 9–0 first game loss. The Phils take the nitecap, 4–3.

NL Prexy Ford Frick presents Mel Ott with a lifetime pass to NL games in honor of his 20 years with the Giants. The Braves then sweep two from Ott’s boys, winning 4–1 and 7–3.

25th At the Polo Grounds, Goody Rosen belts a 3-run homer in the top of the 9th, off rookie Roy Lee, to give the Dodgers a 7-4 decision over the Giants. Vic Lombardi goes the distance for his 10th win, allowing 11 hits including a 2-run pinch homer by Clyde Kluttz. The Giants Ernie Lombardi—no relation—allows a passed ball, his 9th of the year, to lead the NL in that category. It is the 10th time the future Hall of Famer will lead the NL in passed balls; the AL record is 5.

26th The first-place Tigers gain a doubleheader split with the Indians when Hal Newhouser shuts out the Tribe, 11–0. The Bengals fail to clinch as they lose the nitecap, 3–2, to Steve Gromek. The split leaves Detroit a game ahead of the idle Senators with 2 games left in St. Louis.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants pass the million mark in attendance for the first time ever. The draw today is a hook up between the Giants and Dodgers, but Brooklyn’s Ralph Branca beats New York righty Jack Brewer, 8–1.

The Cards whip the Cubs, 11–6, to move back to 1 ½ games behind Chicago. The Cardinals finish the season with Chicago winning 16 of their 22 meetings, a ML-record number of wins against a pennant winner. The Cubs will sweep two from the Reds tomorrow to clinch a tie for the pennant, and sweep two from Pittsburgh on the 29th to win it.

27th The Cubs sweep the Reds 3–1 and 7–4 in Cincinnati. Chicago wins 21 games against the Reds this year: their only loss to Cincy came on August 4, 4–3, at Crosley Field. The Cubs extend their ML record to 19 doubleheader sweeps in a season.

At Yankee Stadium, the 4th place Yankees whip the Athletics, 8–1. Pitcher Red Ruffing (7-3), who returned to the team in July, helps his cause with a 3-run homer off Bobo Newsom. It is the 36th (and last) homer of his career: at this point only Wes Ferrell (38) has hit more as a pitcher. For Bobo, it is his AL-high 20th loss of the season. The Yankees will lead the AL in homers with 95, the lowest total for an AL leader since New York led with 45 in 1919.

28th Four bases on balls give Eddie Stanky of the Dodgers 147 walks for the season, tying the mark held by Jimmy Sheckard of the Cubs in 1911. Brooklyn beats the Pirates, 5–2, as Luis Olmo adds a homer and 2 doubles. Olmo adds his 17th stolen base to tie for 3rd in the NL; his 13 triples will lead the league. He drives in 2 runs to give him 110 on the season, second on the team to Dixie Walker, whose 124 will lead the circuit. Olmo will total 249 RBIs in his 6-year career, with a remarkble 44% coming in 1945, a record for a player with a 100-RBI season (as noted by John Pastier). Tom Seats (10-7) is the complete-game winner with today being his last ML appearance.

The Indians finish their season with a 2-1 loss in 6 innings to the Browns, as Sam Zoldak tops Bob Feller. The Tribe finishes at 73-72 with two ties and 9 unplayed games; the 147 games played is a record for fewest games in a 154-game schedule.

29th The Cubs clinch the NL flag on Hank Borowy’s 4–3 win over Pittsburgh in the first game of a doubleheader. Borowy, 11-2 with the Cubs (10-5 with the Yankees) is the only pitcher this century to win 10 or more games in both the AL and NL in the same season (Joe McGinnity won 13 games in the AL, 8 in the NL in 1902, the most up till now). The final margin for Chicago is 3 games over the Cardinals. During the season, the Cubs win 20 doubleheaders a ML record. Chicago takes the nitecap 5–0, scoring all 5 runs in the 4th inning. The big blow is catcher Paul Gillespie’s 2-run homer off Rip Sewell, the hit coming in his final major league at bat (Gillespie will go 0-for-6 in the WS). The game is called after 7 innings.

30th On a rainy Sunday in St. Louis, the Browns and Tigers square off in a season-ending twinbill. Because a postponed game could not be made up after the season ended (the rule then in effect), the first game is played in a downpour. Hank Greenberg’s grand slam in the 9th inning decides it as the Tigers win 6–3 and clinches the AL pennant. Virgil Trucks, discharged 3 days earlier from the Navy, is the starter, with Newhouser relieving in the 5th and winning his 25thand his 7th over the Browns. The continuing drizzle rains out the unnecessary 2nd game after one inning. The Tigers had been assured of a tie on September 26 when Newhouser won his 24th game, an 11–0 shutout of the Indians. There were 3 off days before the season finale today. The 2nd-place Senators finished the season on the 23rd.

In a 12–2 Yankee win over Boston, George Stirnweiss gets 3 hits on the final day to raise his average to .309 (actually .30854 to Cuccinello’s .30845). The 3rd hit comes in the 8th, off Otis Clark, in his last at bat. The White Sox-Cleveland games are washed out, depriving the veteran Tony Cuccinello of a shot at the title. The only other .300 hitter playing full time is teammate Johnny Dickshot (.302). Neither Cuccinello or Dickshot ever play another game in the ML as the White Sox release the two veterans. Only Elmer Flick in 1905 and Carl Yastrzemski in 1968 ever led the AL with a lower average than Stirnweiss, but the latter also leads the AL with 195 hits, 107 runs, 22 triples, 301 TB, 33 steals, and a .476 SA. He also led the AL in at bats (632) to Cuccinello’s 402. Snuffy is also the only major leaguer to finish a season as the top hitter without ever having led at any point during the season.

Eddie Stanky draws a walk his first time at bat, his 148th walk of the year, from Hugh Mulcahy to break Jimmy Sheckard’s NL mark. The Dodgers beat the Phils 4–1 as 2,241 frostbitten Philley fans look on.

In the first of 2 at Boston, Don Fisher of the Giants shuts out the Braves, 1-0 in 13 innings, winning on Nap Reyes’ home run. It is just the 6th time in ML history that a scoreless extra inning game has been won on a solo homer (his reward? One at bat in 1950) Fisher is just the 3rd pitcher this century to fire a shutout in his last appearance, and the first of 4 this century to throw a shutout in his only start. Luis Aloma, in 1951, is the next. The second game ends in a 7-inning 2-2 tie. Tommy Holmes is 4-for-6 in game one, and needing a 3-for-4 in game 2 to overtake Cavarretta for the batting crown, he comes up short, going hitless in 2 appearances. Cavarretta is 2-for-4 in the Cubs 5–3 win over the Pirates to finish at .355. Holmes hits .352. The Bucs score 3 in the 9th and leave the tying run on base. For Chicago, it is their 22nd win in September. The Cubs in 2016 will win 22 games in August to tie the team mark.