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1945 Chicago Cubs season

The 1945 Chicago Cubs season was the 74th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 70th in the National League and the 30th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs won the National League pennant with a record of 98–56, 3 games ahead of the second-place St. Louis Cardinals. The team went on to the 1945 World Series, which they lost to the Detroit Tigers in seven games. It would take 71 years before the Cubs made it to another World Series.

1945 Chicago Cubs
1945 National League Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Philip K. Wrigley
General manager(s)James T. Gallagher
Manager(s)Charlie Grimm
Local radioWIND
(Bert Wilson, Wayne Osborne)
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Contents

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago Cubs 98 56 0.636 49–26 49–30
St. Louis Cardinals 95 59 0.617 3 48–29 47–30
Brooklyn Dodgers 87 67 0.565 11 48–30 39–37
Pittsburgh Pirates 82 72 0.532 16 45–34 37–38
New York Giants 78 74 0.513 19 47–30 31–44
Boston Braves 67 85 0.441 30 36–38 31–47
Cincinnati Reds 61 93 0.396 37 36–41 25–52
Philadelphia Phillies 46 108 0.299 52 22–55 24–53


Record vs. opponentsEdit

1945 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BOS BR CHC CIN NYG PHI PIT STL
Boston 9–13–1 7–15 10–12 10–10–2 14–8 7–15 10–12
Brooklyn 13–9–1 8–14–1 11–11 15–7 19–3 12–10 9–13
Chicago 15–7 14–8–1 21–1 11–11 17–5 14–8 6–16
Cincinnati 12–10 11–11 1–21 6–16 12–10 10–12 9–13
New York 10–10–2 7–15 11–11 16–6 17–5 11–11 6–16
Philadelphia 8–14 3–19 5–17 10–12 5–17 6–16 9–13
Pittsburgh 15–7 10–12 8–14 12–10 11–11 16–6 10–12–1
St. Louis 12–10 13–9 16–6 13–9 16–6 13–9 12–10–1


RosterEdit

1945 Chicago Cubs
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player statsEdit

BattingEdit

Starters by positionEdit

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Mickey Livingston 71 224 57 .254 2 23
1B Phil Cavarretta 132 498 177 .355 6 97
2B Don Johnson 138 557 168 .302 2 58
SS Lennie Merullo 121 394 94 .239 2 37
3B Stan Hack 150 597 193 .323 2 43
OF Peanuts Lowrey 143 523 148 .283 7 89
OF Andy Pafko 144 534 159 .298 12 110
OF Bill Nicholson 151 559 136 .243 13 88

Other battersEdit

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Roy Hughes 69 222 58 .261 0 8
Paul Gillespie 75 163 47 .288 3 25
Heinz Becker 67 133 38 .286 2 27
Dewey Williams 59 100 28 .280 2 5
Len Rice 32 99 23 .232 0 7
Ed Sauer 49 93 24 .258 2 11
Frank Secory 35 57 9 .158 0 6
Bill Schuster 45 47 9 .191 0 2

PitchingEdit

Starting pitchersEdit

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Hank Wyse 38 278.1 22 10 2.68 77
Claude Passeau 34 227 17 9 2.46 98
Paul Derringer 35 213.2 16 11 3.45 86
Ray Prim 34 165.1 13 8 2.40 88
Hank Borowy 15 122.1 11 2 2.13 47

Other pitchersEdit

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Hy Vandenberg 30 95.1 7 3 3.49 35
Bob Chipman 25 72 4 5 3.50 29
Lon Warneke 9 14 0 1 3.86 6

Relief pitchersEdit

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Paul Erickson 28 7 4 3 3.32 53
Mack Stewart 16 0 1 0 4.76 9
Walter Signer 6 0 0 1 3.38 0

1945 World SeriesEdit

The Curse of Billy "The Goat" SianisEdit

The Curse of the Billy Goat was a curse on the Chicago Cubs that was started in 1945 and ended in 2016. As the story goes, Billy Sianis, a Greek immigrant (from Paleopyrgos, Greece[1]), who owned a nearby tavern (the now-famous Billy Goat Tavern), had two $7.20 box seat tickets to Game 4 of the 1945 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Detroit Tigers, and decided to bring along his pet goat, Murphy (or Sinovia according to some references), which Sianis had restored to health when the goat had fallen off a truck and subsequently limped into his tavern. The goat wore a blanket with a sign pinned to it which read "We got Detroit's goat".[2] Sianis and the goat were allowed into Wrigley Field and even paraded about on the playing field before the game before ushers intervened and led them off the field. After a heated argument, both Sianis and the goat were permitted to stay in the stadium occupying the box seat for which he had tickets. At this point, Andy Frain (head of Wrigley Field's hired security company at the time), waved the goat's box-seat ticket in the air and proclaimed, "If he eats the ticket that would solve everything."[2] However, the goat did not. Before the game was over, it started to rain and Sianis and the goat were ejected from the stadium at the command of Cubs owner Philip Knight Wrigley due to the objectionable odor of wet goat. Sianis was outraged at the ejection and allegedly placed a curse upon the Cubs that they would never win another pennant or play in a World Series at Wrigley Field again because the Cubs organization had insulted his goat, and subsequently left the U.S. to vacation in his home in Greece. The Cubs lost Game 4 and eventually the 1945 World Series, prompting Sianis to write to Wrigley from Greece, saying, "Who stinks now?" The Cubs would eventually break the curse and what would turn out to be a 108-year drought by winning the World Series in 2016 over the Cleveland Indians in seven games.

Game 1Edit

October 3, 1945, at Briggs Stadium in Detroit

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 4 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 9 13 0
Detroit 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
WP: Hank Borowy (1–0)   LP: Hal Newhouser (0–1)
Home runs:
CHI: Phil Cavarretta (1)
DET: None

Game 2Edit

October 4, 1945, at Briggs Stadium in Detroit

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 0
Detroit 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 4 7 0
WP: Virgil Trucks (1–0)   LP: Hank Wyse (0–1)
Home runs:
CHI: None
DET: Hank Greenberg (1)

Game 3Edit

October 5, 1945, at Briggs Stadium in Detroit

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 3 8 0
Detroit 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
WP: Claude Passeau (1–0)   LP: Stubby Overmire (0–1)

Game 4Edit

October 6, 1945, at Wrigley Field in Chicago

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 7 1
Chicago 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 1
WP: Dizzy Trout (1–0)   LP: Ray Prim (0–1)

Game 5Edit

October 7, 1945, at Wrigley Field in Chicago

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit 0 0 1 0 0 4 1 0 2 8 11 0
Chicago 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 4 7 2
WP: Hal Newhouser (1–1)   LP: Hank Borowy (1–1)

Game 6Edit

October 8, 1945, at Wrigley Field in Chicago

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Detroit 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 4 0 0 0 0 7 13 1
Chicago 0 0 0 0 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 8 15 3
WP: Hank Borowy (2–1)   LP: Dizzy Trout (1–1)
Home runs:
DET: Hank Greenberg (2)
CHI: None

Game 7Edit

October 10, 1945, at Wrigley Field in Chicago

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 9 9 1
Chicago 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 10 0
WP: Hal Newhouser (2–1)   LP: Hank Borowy (2–2)

Farm systemEdit

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