April 26, 1945, includes the following caption: “Pete Gray, one-armed outfielder of the St. Louis Browns, is shown autographing a baseball for PFC Pat Gervace, 26, of Cleveland, who lost his arm in the Battle of Hürtgen Forest last December. Gervace, leaving the Browns’ dressing room with the autographed ball, said simply, ‘Pete Gray has shown me and my buddies the way.’” On that day, Gray went 2-for-5 at the plate and scored a run as the Browns edged the Indians by a score of 4-3 at Cleveland’s League Park.
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With World War II travel restrictions still in effect, the Brooklyn Dodgers open spring training at Bear Mountain, New York, with 15 players in camp.
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Major league owners decide not to allow furloughed players in the military to play for their clubs if based near a game site.
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