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1944 – Chris Zachary is born in Knoxville, TN. Expected to be one of the top young arms for the expansion Houston franchise, Zachary struggles through five seasons (1963-1967), compiling a 6-16 record. He dies on April 19, 2003 of cancer in the town of his birth.

1944 – Chris Zachary is born in Knoxville, TN. Expected to be one of the top young arms for the expansion Houston franchise, Zachary struggles through five seasons (1963-1967), compiling a 6-16 record. He dies on April 19, 2003 of cancer in the town of his birth.

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1944 – Ollie Brown is born in Tuscaloosa, AL. The outfielder plays just 27 games as an Astro in 1974 and bats .217. Hailed as “the next Willie Mays” when he came up with the Giants, Brown has a good 13 seasons in the bigs but could never live up to the lofty promotion, something with which teammate Cesar Cedeno could sympathize.

1944 – Ollie Brown is born in Tuscaloosa, AL. The outfielder plays just 27 games as an Astro in 1974 and bats .217. Hailed as “the next Willie Mays” when he came up with the Giants, Brown has a good 13 seasons in the bigs but could never live up to the lofty promotion, something with which teammate Cesar Cedeno could sympathize.

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1944 – Joe Niekro is born in Martin’s Ferry, OH. Much of his career is spent in the shadow of his Hall-of-Fame older brother but the younger sibling leaves Houston as the winningest pitcher in franchise history (144). The two combine to win 539 major league games in their careers, most of any brother duo in baseball history.

1944 – Joe Niekro is born in Martin’s Ferry, OH. Much of his career is spent in the shadow of his Hall-of-Fame older brother but the younger sibling leaves Houston as the winningest pitcher in franchise history (144). The two combine to win 539 major league games in their careers, most of any brother duo in baseball history.

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Major League Baseball Season Recap 1944

Major League Baseball Season Recap 1944 World Series – St. Louis Cardinals NL over St. Louis Browns AL 4 games to 2 World Series MVP – Babe Ruth Award – Awards – </strong? Major League Cy Young Award...

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1944 – Official National League statistics published today show Brooklyn’s Dixie Walker at the top of the hitters with a .357 batting average, ahead of Stan Musial at .347. In an even closer vote than occurred in the American League, the National League Most Valuable Player Award goes to fielding wizard shortstop Marty Marion of the Cardinals, who tallies one more vote than Cubs slugger Bill Nicholson (189). The Cardinals committed only 112 errors and fielded .982, both better than previous records held by the 1940 Cincinnati Reds. Marion is the third different Cardinals player in three years to win MVP honors.

1944 – Official National League statistics published today show Brooklyn’s Dixie Walker at the top of the hitters with a .357 batting average, ahead of Stan Musial at .347. In an even closer vote than occurred in the American League, the National League Most Valuable Player Award goes to fielding wizard shortstop Marty Marion of the Cardinals, who tallies one more vote than Cubs slugger Bill Nicholson (189). The Cardinals committed only 112 errors and fielded .982, both better than previous records held by the 1940 Cincinnati Reds. Marion is the third different Cardinals player in three years to win MVP honors.

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1944 – 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.”

1944 – 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.”

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Hal Newhouser (29-9, 2.22, 187) edges his Tiger teammate Dizzy Trout (27-14, 2.12, 144) by four votes to be named the American League’s MVP. The future Hall of Fame southpaw, who will also win the award next year, had posted only 34 victories in the past four seasons.

Hal Newhouser (29-9, 2.22, 187) edges his Tiger teammate Dizzy Trout (27-14, 2.12, 144) by four votes to be named the American League’s MVP. The future Hall of Fame southpaw, who will also win the award next year, had posted only 34 victories in the past four seasons.

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1944 – Detroit Tigers pitcher Hal Newhouser is named Most Valuable Player in the American League, gathering four more votes than teammate Dizzy Trout. Newhouser’s 29 wins contrast with his 34 combined wins the previous four years, as his 2.22 ERA is bettered by Trout (2.12), who also has 27 wins.

1944 – Detroit Tigers pitcher Hal Newhouser is named Most Valuable Player in the American League, gathering four more votes than teammate Dizzy Trout. Newhouser’s 29 wins contrast with his 34 combined wins the previous four years, as his 2.22 ERA is bettered by Trout (2.12), who also has 27 wins.

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Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, the first Major League Baseball Commissioner, dies of a heart attack

1944 – Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, the first Major League Baseball Commissioner, dies of a heart attack at age 78 in Chicago. Landis 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 elected to the Hall of Fame on December 9th in a special ballot.

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1944 – Five groups totaling 23 players, managers, umpires and sportwriters visit war theaters as part of the United Service Organizations 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.

1944 – Five groups totaling 23 players, managers, umpires and sportwriters visit war theaters as part of the United Service Organizations 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.

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1944 – Japan, where baseball has been banned as an undesirable enemy influence, mourns the death of Eiji Sawamura. The Japanese pitcher, who is killed in action in the Pacific, became a national hero by striking out Babe Ruth in an exhibition game.

1944 – Japan, where baseball has been banned as an undesirable enemy influence, mourns the death of Eiji Sawamura. The Japanese pitcher, who is killed in action in the Pacific, became a national hero by striking out Babe Ruth in an exhibition game.

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1944 – The only all-St. Louis World Series opens with the Browns, as the visiting team, beating the Cardinals on George McQuinn’s home run, 2 – 1. Denny Galehouse is the winning pitcher and Mort Cooper the loser despite allowing just two hits.

1944 – The only all-St. Louis World Series opens with the Browns, as the visiting team, beating the Cardinals on George McQuinn’s home run, 2 – 1. Denny Galehouse is the winning pitcher and Mort Cooper the loser despite allowing just two hits.

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Dixie Walker wins NL batting crown hitting .357 for 7th place Dodgers

Dixie Walker, an outfielder on the seventh-place Dodgers, wins the National League batting crown with a .357 batting average, finishing ten points higher than runner-up Stan Musial. In 1947, the ‘People’s Cherce’s younger brother, Harry ‘the Hat,’ will also lead the Senior Circuit, hitting .363 in the year when he is traded, after playing ten games for St. Louis, to Philadelphia.

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Dixie Walker, an outfielder on the seventh-place Dodgers, wins the National League batting crown with a .357 batting average, finishing ten points higher than runner-up Stan Musial. In 1947, the ‘People’s Cherce’s younger brother, Harry ‘the Hat,’ will also lead the Senior Circuit, hitting .363 in the year when he is traded, after playing ten games for St. Louis, to Philadelphia.

Dixie Walker, an outfielder on the seventh-place Dodgers, wins the National League batting crown with a .357 batting average, finishing ten points higher than runner-up Stan Musial. In 1947, the ‘People’s Cherce’s younger brother, Harry ‘the Hat,’ will also lead the Senior Circuit, hitting .363 in the year when he is traded, after playing ten games for St. Louis, to Philadelphia.

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St Louis Browns claim their only American League Pennant

The Browns, for the first and only time in their history, clinch the American League pennant when they beat the defending world champion Yankees at Sportsman’s Park, 5-2. A pair of two-run homers hit by Chet Laabs, an All-Star outfielder in 1943 who has seen limited duty this season due to his job at a wartime defense plant, provides most of the team’s offensive output.

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The Browns, for the first and only time in their history, clinch the American League pennant when they beat the defending world champion Yankees at Sportsman’s Park, 5-2. A pair of two-run homers hit by Chet Laabs, an All-Star outfielder in 1943 who has seen limited duty this season due to his job at a wartime defense plant, provides most of the team’s offensive output.

The Browns, for the first and only time in their history, clinch the American League pennant when they beat the defending world champion Yankees at Sportsman’s Park, 5-2. A pair of two-run homers hit by Chet Laabs, an All-Star outfielder in 1943 who has seen limited duty this season due to his job at a wartime defense plant, provides most of the team’s offensive output.

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At Fenway Park in front of 19,815 paid fans, the Boston Yanks lose their NFL debut, with B.C. Alumnus Teddy Williams scoring the squad’s only touchdown in the 28-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Team owner Ted Collins, who is singer Kate Smith’s manager, selected the name ‘Yanks’ because he initially thought the new franchise would represent New York with its home games played at Yankee Stadium, but the football Giants refused to let his team share the New York metropolitan area.

At Fenway Park in front of 19,815 paid fans, the Boston Yanks lose their NFL debut, with B.C. Alumnus Teddy Williams scoring the squad’s only touchdown in the 28-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Team owner Ted Collins, who is singer Kate Smith’s manager, selected the name ‘Yanks’ because he initially thought the new franchise would represent New York with its home games played at Yankee Stadium, but the football Giants refused to let his team share the New York metropolitan area.

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Going into the final Monday of the season, the Tigers hold a one-game lead over the Browns with the Yankees now out of the running. Russ Christopher of the A’s beats the Tigers, 2 – 1, to produce a tie for the lead.

1944 – Going into the final Monday of the season, the Tigers hold a one-game lead over the Browns with the Yankees now out of the running. Russ Christopher of the A’s beats the Tigers, 2 – 1, to produce a tie for the lead.

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The Cardinals finally clinch the National League flag with a 5 – 4 win over Boston. Twenty games ahead on September 1st, the Cards then blew 15 of the next 20 games. They will finish with 105 victories and their 3rd title under Billy Southworth, whose clubs have won 316 games in 3 years. Pittsburgh finishes 14 1/2 games behind.

The Cardinals finally clinch the National League flag with a 5 – 4 win over Boston. Twenty games ahead on September 1st, the Cards then blew 15 of the next 20 games. They will finish with 105 victories and their 3rd title under Billy Southworth, whose clubs have won 316 games in 3 years. Pittsburgh finishes 14 1/2 games behind.

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9/15/1944 – The announced lineup for the White Sox in St. Louis had Eddie Carnett batting fifth and Guy Curtwright following Carnett. However, the official lineup card handed to HP Umpire Joe Rue showed the two players reversed. In the top of the first, Wally Moses singled, Roy Schalk sacrificed Moses to second and Ralph Hodgin flied out. Hal Trosky was walked intentionally and Carnett singled to left, scoring Moses. On the throw home, Hodgin advanced to third and Carnett to second. Browns manager Luke Sewell talked to umpire Rue, with the latter calling out Curtwright and nullifying the run. The Browns won the game, 5 to 1.

9/15/1944 – The announced lineup for the White Sox in St. Louis had Eddie Carnett batting fifth and Guy Curtwright following Carnett. However, the official lineup card handed to HP Umpire Joe Rue showed the two players reversed. In the top of the first, Wally Moses singled, Roy Schalk sacrificed Moses to second and Ralph Hodgin flied out. Hal Trosky was walked intentionally and Carnett singled to left, scoring Moses. On the throw home, Hodgin advanced to third and Carnett to second. Browns manager Luke Sewell talked to umpire Rue, with the latter calling out Curtwright and nullifying the run. The Browns won the game, 5 to 1.

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1944 – Radio announcer Bill Stern reports on a scandal involving the Browns. A Chicago newspaper attributes the Browns’ recent slump to the fact that the team wants a larger park for the World Series. Four days later, Stern repudiates the story.

1944 – Radio announcer Bill Stern reports on a scandal involving the Browns. A Chicago newspaper attributes the Browns’ recent slump to the fact that the team wants a larger park for the World Series. Four days later, Stern repudiates the story.

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1944 – In a rare night game‚ allowed by American League president Will Harridge after wet grounds delayed the afternoon game‚ the Tigers edge the host White Sox‚ 3 – 2‚ to stay close to the Browns and Yankees. Only 1‚216 fans are on hand.

1944 – In a rare night game‚ allowed by American League president Will Harridge after wet grounds delayed the afternoon game‚ the Tigers edge the host White Sox‚ 3 – 2‚ to stay close to the Browns and Yankees. Only 1‚216 fans are on hand.

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Batting cleanup for the Dodgers, Dixie Walker completes a cycle when he hits a sixth-inning double off Rube Fischer in the team’s 8-4 win over the Giants. The Brooklyn right fielder’s four RBIs prove to be the difference in the Ebbets Field’s contest.

Batting cleanup for the Dodgers, Dixie Walker completes a cycle when he hits a sixth-inning double off Rube Fischer in the team’s 8-4 win over the Giants. The Brooklyn right fielder’s four RBIs prove to be the difference in the Ebbets Field’s contest.

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The Giants lose to Brooklyn, 8 – 1‚ as Giant Joe Medwick is hit on the elbow and leaves the game for treatment. With both teams out of the race‚ Dodgers manager Leo Durocher agrees to allow Medwick to re-enter the game if Durocher can pick the courtesy pinch runner for him. He selects slow-footed Gus Mancuso‚ who is promptly erased on a double play ground ball.

The Giants lose to Brooklyn, 8 – 1‚ as Giant Joe Medwick is hit on the elbow and leaves the game for treatment. With both teams out of the race‚ Dodgers manager Leo Durocher agrees to allow Medwick to re-enter the game if Durocher can pick the courtesy pinch runner for him. He selects slow-footed Gus Mancuso‚ who is promptly erased on a double play ground ball.

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Desperate times call for desperate measures. The Senators start semi-pro pitcher Jug Thesenga‚ who holds the Yankees scoreless for 5 innings before the roof caves in. But the Senators rally to win‚ 10 – 7‚ behind reliever Roger Wolff‚ who snaps his personal 11-game losing streak.

Desperate times call for desperate measures. The Senators start semi-pro pitcher Jug Thesenga‚ who holds the Yankees scoreless for 5 innings before the roof caves in. But the Senators rally to win‚ 10 – 7‚ behind reliever Roger Wolff‚ who snaps his personal 11-game losing streak.

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1944 – The West takes the 1944 East-West Game, 7 – 4, behind the Radcliffe brothers. Ted Radcliffe socks a two-run homer while Alec Radcliffe drives in two as well and flashes a good glove; the brothers combine for five hits.

1944 – The West takes the 1944 East-West Game, 7 – 4, behind the Radcliffe brothers. Ted Radcliffe socks a two-run homer while Alec Radcliffe drives in two as well and flashes a good glove; the brothers combine for five hits.

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1944 – Red Barrett of the Boston Braves throws only 58 pitches and shuts out the Cincinnati Reds, 2 – 0. This is the major-league record for fewest pitches in a nine-inning game. The game takes one hour, 15 minutes, the shortest night game ever.

1944 – Red Barrett of the Boston Braves throws only 58 pitches and shuts out the Cincinnati Reds, 2 – 0. This is the major-league record for fewest pitches in a nine-inning game. The game takes one hour, 15 minutes, the shortest night game ever.

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1944 – The Browns win their ninth straight game for the second time this season in a 3 – 2 win over the Yankees in New York. They lead by 6 1/2 games. St Louis’s other team, the Cardinals, after winning 26 in July, now leads the National League by 16 1/2 games.

1944 – The Browns win their ninth straight game for the second time this season in a 3 – 2 win over the Yankees in New York. They lead by 6 1/2 games. St Louis’s other team, the Cardinals, after winning 26 in July, now leads the National League by 16 1/2 games.

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