The 1945 Detroit Tigers

Nine Old Men and One Young Left Arm Win It All

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About the Book

Having finished the previous season a mere game behind pennant-winning St. Louis, the Detroit Tigers entered spring training in 1945 determined to complete their drive to the top. Led by the pitching duo of Hal Newhouser and Paul Trout, benefiting from the signature career year of Roy Cullenbine and Eddie Mayo, and buoyed by the July return of Hank Greenberg, the team battled past the Browns and Senators for the American League title. In the World Series that followed, the Tigers and the last of the great Chicago Cubs teams of the century squared off in a memorable, seven-game World Series.

About the Author(s)

Burge Carmon Smith is a retired Lutheran parochial school teacher, athletic administrator, and coach. A member of the Society for American Baseball Research, he lives in Texas.

Bibliographic Details

Burge Carmon Smith
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 303
Bibliographic Info: 55 photos, statistics, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2010
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4196-9
eISBN: 978-0-7864-6022-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments      1

Introduction: 1945—A Watershed Year      3

1. Sunday, September 30, 1945      7

2. Historical Background      20

3. Players of That Time      28

4. 1945 Spring Training      35

5. April      55

6. May      72

7. June      87

8. July      100

9. August      117

10. September      130

11. How Detroit Succeeded in Winning the Pennant      155

12. 1945 Statistics      160

13. The Fall Classic      166

14. Game One      172

15. Game Two      183

16. Game Three      193

17. Game Four      203

18. Game Five      215

19. Game Six      228

20. Game Seven      244

Epilogue: Where Did They Go?      263

Chapter Notes      275

Bibliography      287

Index      291