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The 1945 Season as seen through the Prism of Player Won-Lost Records



I have recently updated my Player won-lost records to incorporate Retrosheet's latest release of play-by-play data. This included the release of deduced games for an additional season: 1945.

The 1945 season was the last season played during World War II (which ended during the 1945 baseball season). Major League Baseball during World War II - especially the last three seasons of World War II - was an odd mix of a handful of stars who ended up not being drafted for various reasons, aging players too old for war getting an unexpected final hurrah, and a number of players who may have never made a major-league roster had it not been for World War II. Perhaps the most famous of this latter group saw his only major-league action in 1945: one-armed outfielder Pete Gray, who played in 77 games for the St. Louis Browns.

As a resident of the North Side of Chicago, the 1945 season has another special significance: it was (as I write this) the last time the Chicago Cubs played in a World Series.

The Best of 1945

I calculate Player won-lost records two ways: pWins, which tie to team wins and eWins, which control for context and the ability of one's teammates. For players with more pWins than eWins, their Player wins contributed to more team wins than one might expect; for players with more eWins than pWins, just the opposite is true: their Player wins translated into fewer team wins than expected. Or more briefly: a player with more pWins than eWins was better in context, a player with more eWins than pWins was worse in context.

The top 10 players in pWins above Positional Average and Replacement Level were as follows.

pWins over Positional Average
Top 10 Players
          pWins over Replacement Level
Top 10 Players
Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL           Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL
1Hal Newhouser22.114.54.4
6.1
1Hal Newhouser22.114.54.4
6.1
2Steve Gromek17.212.13.0
4.4
2Vern Stephens24.719.63.0
4.7
3Vern Stephens24.719.63.0
4.7
3Hank Wyse18.113.22.9
4.4
4Roger Wolff17.011.83.0
4.4
4Steve Gromek17.212.13.0
4.4
5Hank Wyse18.113.22.9
4.4
5Roger Wolff17.011.83.0
4.4
6Claude Passeau15.810.92.9
4.2
6Dave Ferriss18.714.62.7
4.3
7Andy Pafko22.515.92.8
4.2
7Andy Pafko22.515.92.8
4.2
8Harry Brecheen11.96.92.7
3.7
8Claude Passeau15.810.92.9
4.2
9Dave Ferriss18.714.62.7
4.3
9Red Barrett18.214.22.4
4.0
10Phil Cavarretta18.712.42.7
3.9
10George Myatt19.714.22.6
3.9


The top 10 players in eWins above Positional Average and Replacement Level were as follows.

eWins over Positional Average
Top 10 Players
          eWins over Replacement Level
Top 10 Players
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL           Player eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL
1Hal Newhouser20.114.63.3
5.0
1Hal Newhouser20.114.63.3
5.0
2Snuffy Stirnweiss24.119.02.8
4.4
2Snuffy Stirnweiss24.119.02.8
4.4
3Nels Potter16.812.62.6
3.9
3Tommy Holmes26.019.02.4
4.2
4Phil Cavarretta17.511.62.5
3.6
4Nels Potter16.812.62.6
3.9
5Tommy Holmes26.019.02.4
4.2
5Vern Stephens22.018.12.4
3.9
6Vern Stephens22.018.12.4
3.9
6Phil Cavarretta17.511.62.5
3.6
7Claude Passeau13.910.42.1
3.3
7Roy Cullenbine23.517.61.9
3.5
8Eddie Lake19.716.42.1
3.4
8Eddie Lake19.716.42.1
3.4
9Roy Cullenbine23.517.61.9
3.5
9Claude Passeau13.910.42.1
3.3
10Roger Wolff15.012.01.9
3.2
10Roger Wolff15.012.01.9
3.2


As noted above, the 1945 season saw many of the most famous baseball players of the 1940s off to war: Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Stan Musial. Hall-of-Famers Hank Greenberg and Bob Feller returned from multi-season absences during the 1945 season, but too late, in both cases, to make the above leaders' tables.

And so, instead, we are left with Cleveland Indians pitcher Steve Gromek (19-9, 2.55, 251 IP), Washington Senators pitcher Roger Wolff (20-10, 2.12, 250 IP), and New York Yankees second baseman Snuffy Stirnweiss (.309/.385/.476, AL-leading 107 runs scored, 195 hits, 22 triples, and 33 stolen bases). The top two players in three of the four tables above, however, should be, I think, reasonably well known to fans of baseball history.
Hal Newhouser
I wrote about Hal Newhouser in my article on the 1946 season. From 1944 - 1946, Hal Newhouser had a traditional won-lost record of 80-27 with a 1.99 ERA over 918.1 innings pitched. In 1945, Newhouser led the American League in traditional pitcher wins (25), innings pitched (313.1), strikeouts (212), complete games (29), shutouts (8), and ERA (1.81).

Controlling for context, 1945 was the best season of Hal Newhouser's career, as measured by eWins over either positional average or replacement level. Newhouser adjusted very well to the return of most major-leaguers in 1946, posting career highs in pWOPA and pWORL in 1946. His career tailed off somewhat after that, although he was still solidly above average for three more seasons, through 1949.

Hal Newhouser's career record, as measured by Player won-lost record (for the games for which I have play-by-play data), is shown in the next table.

Hal Newhouser
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1939DET18
1
0.50.60.463-0.0
0.0
0.30.30.462-0.00.0
1940DET19
28
8.19.60.456-0.6
0.3
8.19.40.465-0.40.4
1941DET20
33
10.412.10.461-0.5
0.5
10.411.80.469-0.30.6
1942DET21
39
11.211.70.4900.1
1.1
10.810.70.5030.31.3
1943DET22
37
12.112.90.482-0.1
1.0
11.911.70.5030.41.5
1944DET23
47
21.513.90.6074.4
6.0
19.114.70.5662.84.3
1945DET24
40
22.114.50.6044.4
6.1
20.114.60.5793.35.0
1946DET25
37
22.514.40.6094.7
6.4
18.814.30.5692.94.5
1947DET26
40
19.116.90.5301.7
3.2
18.716.20.5361.93.3
1948DET27
39
19.814.90.5703.1
4.5
17.413.90.5562.33.7
1949DET28
38
17.914.90.5462.0
3.3
19.716.30.5472.33.7
1950DET29
35
14.714.80.4970.5
1.9
13.214.00.4860.11.4
1951DET30
16
6.45.90.5180.4
0.9
6.65.60.5430.71.2
1952DET31
26
8.79.00.4940.2
1.0
9.59.20.5070.51.3
1953DET32
7
1.22.10.373-0.4
-0.2
1.32.00.392-0.3-0.1
1954CLE33
26
3.32.60.5570.3
0.7
2.11.70.5510.20.4
1955CLE34
2
0.10.10.509-0.0
0.0
0.10.20.365-0.0-0.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
491
199.4171.00.53820.3
36.8
188.2166.50.53016.732.4
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
4
1.51.60.490 0.21.41.30.522 0.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
495
200.9172.60.538
37.0
189.6167.90.530 32.7


Vern Stephens
Unlike Hal Newhouser, Vern Stephens is not in the Hall of Fame. He did, however, make a fairly lengthy appearance in Bill James's book about the Hall of Fame, The Politics of Glory. In that book, James devoted a chapter to comparing Vern Stephens and Phil Rizzuto. Rizzuto was not in the Hall of Fame when James wrote the book, but he had considerable Hall-of-Fame support and was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans' Committee shortly after The Politics of Glory was published, in 1994. Here's what Player won-lost records say about that same comparison.

Vern Stephens Phil Rizzuto
Season Games pWins pLoss Win Pct. pWOPA pWORL Games pWins pLoss Win Pct. pWOPA pWORL
194120.10.00.7910.0
0.0
13216.815.20.5261.02.4
194214520.819.60.5140.9
2.5
14421.016.00.5672.74.2
194313720.517.30.5431.7
3.1
194414523.916.80.5874.3
5.9
194514924.719.60.5573.0
4.7
194611515.414.70.5110.5
1.8
12515.615.40.5040.31.6
194715020.720.10.5070.3
1.9
15320.417.60.5371.42.9
194815525.720.60.5552.8
4.7
12815.215.40.4970.11.3
194915527.218.10.6004.8
6.6
15320.817.70.5391.83.3
195014923.418.60.5572.8
4.4
15522.217.60.5582.74.2
195110913.511.30.5430.8
1.8
14419.916.90.5411.93.4
19529210.49.50.5230.5
1.3
15220.118.00.5271.22.7
1953908.48.30.503-0.2
0.5
13415.112.80.5421.42.6
195410110.610.90.492-0.5
0.3
12710.410.00.5100.41.3
1955251.72.00.448-0.2
-0.1
804.94.90.5000.10.5
1956
 
311.91.80.5050.10.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER RECORDS1,719247.0207.60.54321.4
39.5
1,658204.2179.20.53315.130.5

Seasons in italics are extrapolated to include games currently missing from Retrosheet's play-by-play files.

Player won-lost records basically reach the same conclusion as Bill James, who clarified his position on Stephens vs. Rizzuto in The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract: "I can still see it either way." (p. 607, paperback edition)

As measured by pWOPA and pWORL, Stephens has better career numbers and the three strongest seasons, but two of Stephens' best season were 1944 and 1945, when Rizzuto (and most other Hall-of-Famers of the era) was away fighting World War II.

Vern Stephens's career record, as measured by Player won-lost record (for the games for which I have play-by-play data), is shown in the next table.

Vern Stephens
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1941SLA20
2
0.10.00.7910.0
0.0
0.10.10.425-0.0-0.0
1942SLA21
145
20.819.60.5140.9
2.5
20.019.00.5140.82.4
1943SLA22
137
20.517.30.5431.7
3.1
19.816.50.5451.73.1
1944SLA23
145
23.916.80.5874.3
5.9
21.516.80.5613.04.6
1945SLA24
149
24.719.60.5573.0
4.7
22.018.10.5482.43.9
1946SLA25
115
15.414.70.5110.5
1.8
16.514.50.5321.22.5
1947SLA26
150
20.720.10.5070.3
1.9
21.818.20.5441.73.3
1948BOS27
155
25.720.60.5552.8
4.7
22.219.90.5281.43.1
1949BOS28
155
27.218.10.6004.8
6.6
23.718.20.5663.04.7
1950BOS29
149
23.418.60.5572.8
4.4
20.518.10.5311.63.1
1951BOS30
109
13.511.30.5430.8
1.8
12.410.80.5340.51.4
1952BOS31
92
10.49.50.5230.5
1.3
9.79.40.5070.20.9
32
90
8.48.30.503-0.2
0.5
8.58.60.497-0.30.4
1954BAL33
101
10.610.90.492-0.5
0.3
11.310.50.517-0.00.9
34
25
1.72.00.448-0.2
-0.1
2.01.70.5310.10.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
1,719
247.0207.60.54321.4
39.5
231.8200.50.53617.234.5
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
6
0.70.90.426 -0.00.80.80.492 0.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
1,725
247.6208.50.543
39.5
232.6201.30.536 34.6




1945 World Series

The 1945 World Series was probably most notable as the last World Series appearance (through at least 2015) by the Chicago Cubs, who lost in seven games to the Detroit Tigers. The top performances of the 1945 World Series, as measured by Player won-lost records, are presented in the next table.

1945 World Series: Top Player Performances
pWins pLosses pWORL
Hank GreenbergDET1.60.80.4
Claude PasseauCHN1.00.40.4
Dizzy TroutDET1.00.70.3
Hal NewhouserDET1.51.50.2
Don S. JohnsonCHN1.00.70.2
Roy HughesCHN0.70.50.2
Eddie MayoDET1.00.80.2
Paul RichardsDET0.60.40.2


Hank Greenberg, who rejoined the Tigers on July 1, 1945 after four years in the Army batted .304/.467/.696 in the World Series with 2 home runs, 7 runs scored, and 7 RBI. Dizzy Trout went 1-1 with a 0.66 ERA in 13.2 innings.

For the losing Cubs, Claude Passeau started 2 games and relieved in a third, earning a record of 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA in 16.2 innings of work. Phil Cavarretta batted .423/.500/.615 in the seven games, although his performance ended up looking less impressive in context (e.g., Cavarretta went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI in the Cubs' 9-3 Game 7 loss).

Best of 1945 by Factor and Position

Next, let's look at the top players in (context-neutral, teammate-adjusted) eWins over Positional Average in various aspects of the game. The numbers in this section have all been normalized to extrapolate player games for which I am missing play-by-play data. As above, this adjustment is based on individual player games for which I have play-by-play data.
Best by Factor: Batting, Baserunning, Pitching, Fielding
There are four basic factors for which players earn Player won-lost records: Batting, Baserunning, Pitching, and Fielding. The top players in 1945 in eWOPA by factor were as follows.

Batting
eWins eLosses eWOPA
Tommy Holmes17.811.62.8

Positional Average excludes pitcher offense



Baserunning
eWins eLosses eWOPA
Johnny Dickshot1.91.00.4

Positional Average excludes pitcher offense



Pitching
eWins eLosses Net Wins
Hal Newhouser15.411.83.6
Preacher Roe12.08.93.0
Claude Passeau11.18.13.0
Roger Wolff12.79.73.0
Nels Potter12.79.82.9
Ray Prim8.05.42.6


Fielding, P
eWins eLosses Net Wins
Mickey Haefner0.90.40.4
Red Barrett0.60.30.4


Fielding, C
eWins eLosses Net Wins
Mike Tresh2.71.80.9


Fielding, 1B
eWins eLosses Net Wins
Babe Dahlgren3.02.40.6


Fielding, 2B
eWins eLosses Net Wins
Pete Coscarart5.04.30.7


Fielding, 3B
eWins eLosses Net Wins
George Kell6.95.11.8


Fielding, SS
eWins eLosses Net Wins
Buddy Kerr8.26.91.3


Fielding, LF
eWins eLosses Net Wins
Red Schoendienst6.04.91.1


Fielding, CF
eWins eLosses Net Wins
Carden Gillenwater7.46.21.2


Fielding, RF
eWins eLosses Net Wins
Roy Cullenbine7.46.60.8


Best by Position
Next, we look at 1945 Major-League leaders in eWOPA by position. The figures shown here only include Player decisions earned while playing this particular position, and include no contextual adjustments (expected or actual).



Catcher
eWins eLosses eWOPA
Bill Salkeld9.26.41.6


First Base
eWins eLosses eWOPA
Phil Cavarretta16.010.62.3


Second Base
eWins eLosses eWOPA
Snuffy Stirnweiss23.919.42.4


Third Base
eWins eLosses eWOPA
Whitey Kurowski18.214.51.7


Shortstop
eWins eLosses eWOPA
Vern Stephens21.117.82.1


Left Field
eWins eLosses eWOPA
Jeff Heath15.211.81.3


Center Field
eWins eLosses eWOPA
Buster Adams18.214.81.3


Right Field
eWins eLosses eWOPA
Roy Cullenbine22.817.31.7


Starting Pitcher
eWins eLosses eWOPA
Hal Newhouser15.811.72.1


Relief Pitcher
eWins eLosses eWOPA
Ray Prim1.91.20.3
Slim Emmerich3.22.50.3
Jittery Joe Berry7.16.30.3
Frank Barrett4.13.40.3


For relief pitchers, context-neutral records may not be the best measure of how good they are, as context can matter a great deal, depending on how a pitcher is used. Here are the top relief pitchers of 1945 in context, in terms of pWins and pWOPA.

Top Relief Pitchers of 1945, based on pWORL
Player pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL
Andy Karl9.07.80.5360.61.6
Jittery Joe Berry6.05.50.5230.31.0
Ace Adams7.17.00.5060.10.9
Cy Buker4.53.80.5430.40.9
Johnny Johnson2.51.60.6030.40.7


Finally, here are the best at three oft-forgotten positions that can nevertheless matter: pitcher offense, pinch hitting, and pinch running.

Pitcher Offense
eWins eLosses eWOPA
Dave Ferriss2.42.20.6


Pinch Hitter
eWins eLosses eWOPA
Rene Monteagudo1.71.10.4


Pinch Runner
eWins eLosses eWOPA
Bill L. Mueller0.10.00.0
Ed Lopat0.00.00.0
Bill Schuster0.10.00.0
Johnny Hudson0.10.00.0
Red Treadway0.00.00.0
Joe Cicero0.00.00.0
Ed R. Wheeler0.00.00.0
Jim McDonnell0.00.00.0
Al Gionfriddo0.00.00.0
Joe Orengo0.00.00.0
Mike Guerra0.00.00.0
Andy Seminick0.00.00.0
Phil Masi0.00.00.0
Tex Shirley0.00.00.0
Bobby Wilkins0.10.10.0
George Fallon0.00.00.0
Skeeter Newsome0.00.00.0
Jack Creel0.00.00.0
Bill Ramsey0.00.00.0
Johnny Lazor0.00.00.0
Steve Filipowicz0.00.00.0
Lee Handley0.00.00.0
Mike Kreevich0.00.00.0
Harlond Clift0.00.00.0
Pete Fox0.00.00.0
Joe Vitelli0.00.00.0
Steve Shemo0.00.00.0
Tom Earley0.00.00.0
Joe Hoover0.00.00.0
Garvin Hamner0.00.00.0
Barney White0.00.00.0
Hub Walker0.00.00.0
Lefty Wallace0.00.00.0
Nick Picciuto0.00.00.0
Jimmy Outlaw0.00.00.0
Gee Walker0.00.00.0
Dick Mauney0.00.00.0
Debs Garms0.00.00.0
Frenchy Bordagaray0.00.00.0
Charlie Metro0.00.00.0
Don Savage0.00.00.0
Gene Moore Jr.0.00.00.0
Frankie Pytlak0.00.00.0
Lennie Merullo0.00.00.0
Red Schoendienst0.00.00.0
Joe Buzas0.00.00.0
Al Evans0.00.00.0
Stan Andrews0.00.00.0
Mike Sandlock0.00.00.0
Joe Medwick0.00.00.0
Thornton Lee0.00.00.0
Bill Nicholson0.00.00.0
Hod Lisenbee0.00.00.0
Frankie Hayes0.00.00.0
Bob Maier0.00.00.0
Don Fisher0.00.00.0
Frankie Crosetti0.00.00.0
Dick Barrett0.00.00.0
Charlie Sproull0.00.00.0
Dave Bartosch0.00.00.0
Alex Carrasquel0.00.00.0
Otey Clark0.00.00.0
Hal Gregg0.00.00.0
Frank Drews0.00.00.0
Hank Borowy0.00.00.0
Bucky Walters0.00.00.0
Jack Salveson0.00.00.0
Bob Swift0.00.00.0
Charlie Mead0.00.00.0
Joe Page0.00.00.0
George Kell0.00.00.0
Jack Kraus0.00.00.0
Ken Gables0.00.00.0
Al Jurisich0.00.00.0
Walt Masterson0.00.00.0
Eddie Lake0.00.00.0
Goody Rosen0.00.00.0
Joe Mack0.00.00.0
Johnny Humphries0.00.00.0
Al Lakeman0.00.00.0
Steve Gromek0.00.00.0
Art Houtteman0.00.00.0
Spud Chandler0.00.00.0
Al Brancato0.00.00.0
Buster Adams0.00.00.0
Lefty West0.00.00.0
Rex Cecil0.00.00.0
Pinky Woods0.00.00.0
Red Durrett0.00.00.0
Charlie Cozart0.00.00.0
Stan Wentzel0.00.00.0
Heinz Becker0.00.00.0
Hy Vandenberg0.00.00.0
Kermit Wahl0.00.00.0
Bob Rothel0.00.00.0
Billy Pierce0.00.00.0
Sal Maglie0.00.00.0
Bud Metheny0.00.00.0
Steve Gerkin0.00.00.0
Don Hasenmayer0.00.00.0
Spud Davis0.00.00.0
Earl Jones0.00.00.0
Emil 'Dutch' Leonard0.00.00.0
Oscar Judd0.00.00.0
Johnny Peacock0.00.00.0
Big Bill Lee0.00.00.0
Joe Haynes0.00.00.0
Peanuts Lowrey0.00.00.0
Joe Just0.00.00.0
Bob Feller0.00.00.0
Slim Emmerich0.00.00.0
Tiny Bonham0.00.00.0
Don Black0.00.00.0
Charley Schanz0.00.00.0
Bill Salkeld0.00.00.0
Emil Verban0.00.00.0
Roger Wolff0.00.00.0
Jim Bucher0.00.00.0
Fred Walters0.00.00.0
John Douglas0.00.00.0
Ben Cardoni0.00.00.0
Clay Touchstone0.00.00.0
Ray Starr0.00.00.0
Eric Tipton0.00.00.0
Mickey Rocco0.00.00.0
Whitey Lockman0.00.00.0
Johnny Lindell0.00.00.0
Charlie Gassaway0.00.00.0
Cookie Cuccurullo0.00.00.0
Al Hollingsworth0.00.00.0
Joe Kuhel0.00.00.0
Indian Bob Johnson0.00.00.0
Mickey Owen0.00.00.0
Eddie Joost0.00.00.0
Kerby Farrell0.00.00.0
Don S. Johnson0.00.00.0
Johnny Hetki0.00.00.0
Gene Desautels0.00.00.0
Zeb Eaton0.00.00.0
Jack Brewer0.00.00.0
Roy Zimmerman0.00.00.0
Joe Astroth0.00.00.0
Carl Scheib0.00.00.0
Ken Raffensberger0.00.00.0
Preacher Roe0.00.00.0
Joe Schultz Jr.0.00.00.0
Ray Sanders0.00.00.0
Fred Vaughn0.00.00.0
Frank Barrett0.00.00.0
Yank Terry0.00.00.0
Fats Dantonio0.00.00.0
Nate Andrews0.00.00.0
Jim Tobin0.00.00.0
Buck Ross0.00.00.0
Frank Secory0.00.00.0
Hank Sauer0.00.00.0
Paul O'Dea0.00.00.0
Prince Oana0.00.00.0
Buddy Kerr0.00.00.0
Ken Holcombe0.00.00.0
Dick Fowler0.00.00.0
Frank Colman0.00.00.0
George Dockins0.00.00.0
Wally Holborow0.00.00.0
Randy Heflin0.00.00.0
Otho Nitcholas0.00.00.0
Johnny Hutchings0.00.00.0
Johnny Dickshot0.00.00.0
George Hennessey0.00.00.0
Howie Fox0.00.00.0
Al Cihocki0.00.00.0
George Caster0.00.00.0
Loren Bain0.00.00.0
Phil Weintraub0.00.00.0
Paul Waner0.00.00.0
Buddy Rosar0.00.00.0
Xavier Rescigno0.00.00.0
Nels Potter0.00.00.0
Art Rebel0.00.00.0
Cecil Travis0.00.00.0
Ben Steiner0.00.00.0
Claude Corbitt0.00.00.0
Les Webber0.00.00.0
Vince Shupe0.00.00.0
Frank Papish0.00.00.0
Elmer Riddle0.00.00.0
Les Mueller0.00.00.0
Al Gettel0.00.00.0
Bobby Estalella I0.00.00.0
Vance Dinges0.00.00.0
Max Butcher0.00.00.0
Cliff Fannin0.00.00.0
Bill Crouch Jr.0.00.00.0
Bob Garbark0.00.00.0
Tommy Holmes0.00.00.0
Tony Cuccinello0.00.00.0
Stan Hack0.00.00.0
Frank Dasso0.00.00.0
Eddie Carnett0.00.00.0
Rudy York0.00.00.0
Snuffy Stirnweiss0.00.00.0
Hal Peck0.00.00.0
Tommy O'Brien0.00.00.0
Ken O'Dea0.00.00.0
Dick Stone0.00.00.0
Cy Buker0.00.00.0
Clyde Sukeforth0.00.00.0
Hal Schacker0.00.00.0
Bill Nagel0.00.00.0
Ray Prim0.00.00.0
Eddie R. Miller0.00.00.0
Ed Klieman0.00.00.0
Ed Mierkowicz0.00.00.0
Ray Harrell0.00.00.0
Nick Etten0.00.00.0
Woody Crowson0.00.00.0
Tony Daniels0.00.00.0
Walker Cooper0.00.00.0
Lou Finney0.00.00.0
Art Herring0.00.00.0
Joe Heving0.00.00.0
Earl Caldwell0.00.00.0
Paul Erickson0.00.00.0
Arnold Carter0.00.00.0
Lou Boudreau0.00.00.0
Papa Williams0.00.00.0
Milt Welch0.00.00.0
Paul Schreiber0.00.00.0
Johnny Lanning0.00.00.0
George McQuinn0.00.00.0
Art Lopatka0.00.00.0
Armando Roche0.00.00.0
Emmett O'Neill0.00.00.0
Ralph Branca0.00.00.0
Eddie Stanky0.00.00.0
Ewald Pyle0.00.00.0
Wally Moses0.00.00.0
Andy Pafko0.00.00.0
Myril Hoag0.00.00.0
Pat McLaughlin0.00.00.0
Johnny Gee0.00.00.0
Bill Drescher0.00.00.0
Dick Coffman0.00.00.0
Jimmy Wasdell0.00.00.0
Pete Appleton0.00.00.0
Ken Burkhart0.00.00.0
Joe Cleary0.00.00.0
Clem Dreisewerd0.00.00.0
Ray Hayworth0.00.00.0
Carden Gillenwater0.00.00.0
Luke Appling0.00.00.0
Jorge Comellas0.00.00.0
Mel Bosser0.00.00.0
Jim Bagby Jr.0.00.00.0
Elmer Weingartner0.00.00.0
Red Ruffing0.00.00.0
Phil Marchildon0.00.00.0
Tony Lupien0.00.00.0
Frankie Gustine0.00.00.0
Frank Mancuso0.00.00.0
Johnny Niggeling0.00.00.0
Catfish Metkovich0.00.00.0
Eddie Basinski0.00.00.0
Howie Schultz0.00.00.0
Tommy Nelson0.00.00.0
Eddie Lukon0.00.00.0
Jeff Heath0.00.00.0
Eddie Mayo0.00.00.0
Russ Derry0.00.00.0
Sam Chapman0.00.00.0
Coaker Triplett0.00.00.0
Augie Bergamo0.00.00.0
George Case0.00.00.0
Joe Cronin0.00.00.0
Bill W. Hart0.00.00.0
Chuck Workman0.00.00.0
Phil Cavarretta0.00.00.0
Hank Wyse0.00.00.0
Herm Wehmeier0.00.00.0
Pat Seerey0.00.00.0
Dizzy Trout0.00.00.0
Van Mungo0.00.00.0
Aaron Robinson0.00.00.0
Ernie Kish0.00.00.0
Izzy Leon0.00.00.0
Al Gerheauser0.00.00.0
Chet Laabs0.00.00.0
Bob Keely0.00.00.0
Howie McFarland0.00.00.0
Ernie Rudolph0.00.00.0
Johnny Johnson0.00.00.0
Johnny Moore0.00.00.0
Al Libke0.00.00.0
Mel Harder0.00.00.0
Russ Kerns0.00.00.0
Rube Fischer0.00.00.0
Herb Crompton0.00.00.0
Joe J. Burns0.00.00.0
John Antonelli0.00.00.0
Hal Spindel0.00.00.0
Nick Strincevich0.00.00.0
Sam Zoldak0.00.00.0
George Binks0.00.00.0
Loyd Christopher0.00.00.0
Morrie Aderholt0.00.00.0
Augie Galan0.00.00.0
Cy Block0.00.00.0
Lon Warneke0.00.00.0
Hank Ruszkowski0.00.00.0
Paul Richards0.00.00.0
Mike Milosevich0.00.00.0
Irv Hall0.00.00.0
Andy Karl0.00.00.0
Bob Elliott0.00.00.0
Jack Kramer0.00.00.0
Johnny Hopp0.00.00.0
Buddy Lewis0.00.00.0
Lee Pfund0.00.00.0
Bob Logan0.00.00.0
Oris Hockett0.00.00.0
Vern Kennedy0.00.00.0
Les Fleming0.00.00.0
Charlie Bowles0.00.00.0
Lefty Scott0.00.00.0
Vern Stephens0.00.00.0
Ted Wilks0.00.00.0
Dolph Camilli0.00.00.0
Jim A. Wilson0.00.00.0
Leo Durocher0.00.00.0
Mort Cooper0.00.00.0
Norm Wallen0.00.00.0
Mike Tresh0.00.00.0
Mack Stewart0.00.00.0
Don Ross0.00.00.0
Stubby Overmire0.00.00.0
Ernie Lombardi0.00.00.0
Hersh Martin0.00.00.0
Greek George0.00.00.0
Babe Dahlgren0.00.00.0
Sig Jakucki0.00.00.0
Glenn Gardner0.00.00.0
Hillis Layne0.00.00.0
Vic Johnson0.00.00.0
Clyde Kluttz0.00.00.0
Orval Grove0.00.00.0
Mickey Livingston0.00.00.0
Ed Heusser0.00.00.0
Red Embree0.00.00.0
Hank Greenberg0.00.00.0
Bill DeKoning0.00.00.0
Bill Bevens0.00.00.0
Jittery Joe Berry0.00.00.0
Dick Siebert0.00.00.0
Charlie Ripple0.00.00.0
Vince Ventura0.00.00.0
Joe Bowman0.00.00.0
Johnny Tobin0.00.00.0
Curt Davis0.00.00.0
Red Barrett0.00.00.0
Mike Ulisney0.00.00.0
Roy Schalk0.00.00.0
Walter Signer0.00.00.0
Dick Sipek0.00.00.0
Allie Reynolds0.00.00.0
Joe Orrell0.00.00.0
Roy Lee0.00.00.0
Charlie Keller0.00.00.0
Ford Garrison0.00.00.0
Don Grate0.00.00.0
Pete Coscarart0.00.00.0
Red Hayworth0.00.00.0
Blix Donnelly0.00.00.0
Dick Kimble0.00.00.0
Billy Holm0.00.00.0
Luis Olmo0.00.00.0
Al Javery0.00.00.0
Bill Dietrich0.00.00.0
Roy Hughes0.00.00.0
Earl Harrist0.00.00.0
Roy Cullenbine0.00.00.0
Doc Cramer0.00.00.0
Ray Berres0.00.00.0
Adrian Zabala0.00.00.0
Bill Zuber0.00.00.0
Bill S. Rodgers0.00.00.0
Dee Sanders0.00.00.0
Del Rice0.00.00.0
Sandy Ullrich0.00.00.0
Red Steiner0.00.00.0
Claude Crocker0.00.00.0
Elmer Singleton0.00.00.0
Danny Reynolds0.00.00.0
Johnny Riddle0.00.00.0
Dutch Meyer0.00.00.0
Hal Newhouser0.00.00.0
Billy Jurges0.00.00.0
Oscar Grimes0.00.00.0
Jesse Flores0.00.00.0
Jimmie Foxx0.00.00.0
Hank Camelli0.00.00.0
Gene Crumling0.00.00.0
Mickey Haefner0.00.00.0
Clem Hausmann0.00.00.0
Don Lund0.00.00.0
Ira Hutchinson0.00.00.0
Guy Curtright0.00.00.0
Ed Hanyzewski0.00.00.0
Pete Center0.00.00.0
Tommy Bridges0.00.00.0
Ace Adams0.00.00.0
Bill Voiselle0.00.00.0
Jim Turner0.00.00.0
Jim Pruett0.00.00.0
Hugh Mulcahy0.00.00.0
Fritz Ostermueller0.00.00.0
Stan Partenheimer0.00.00.0
Gil Torres0.00.00.0
Mike Ryba0.00.00.0
Ben Chapman0.00.00.0
Fred 'Dixie' Walker0.00.00.0
Len Rice0.00.00.0
Mike Modak0.00.00.0
Felix Mackiewicz0.00.00.0
James 'Hack' Miller0.00.00.0
George Hausmann0.00.00.0
Mike Garbark0.00.00.0
Larry Drake0.00.00.0
Vince DiMaggio0.00.00.0
Rick Ferrell0.00.00.0
Clyde King0.00.00.0
Stew Hofferth0.00.00.0
Vince Castino0.00.00.0
Paul Gillespie0.00.00.0
Dain Clay0.00.00.0
Paul Calvert0.00.00.0
Al Benton0.00.00.0
Walter Wilson0.00.00.0
Mike Schemer0.00.00.0
Tuck Stainback0.00.00.0
Bobo Newsom0.00.00.0
Rene Monteagudo0.00.00.0
Ox Miller0.00.00.0
Marty Marion0.00.00.0
Bert Shepard0.00.00.0
Nick Polly0.00.00.0
Tommy Brown0.00.00.0
Ed Stevens0.00.00.0
Claude Passeau0.00.00.0
Steve Mesner0.00.00.0
Hal Kleine0.00.00.0
Carl McNabb0.00.00.0
Andy Hansen0.00.00.0
Monk Dubiel0.00.00.0
Bill Connelly0.00.00.0
Glenn Crawford0.00.00.0
Whit Wyatt0.00.00.0
Milt Byrnes0.00.00.0
Bud Byerly0.00.00.0
Dave Ferriss0.00.00.0
Babe Herman0.00.00.0
Don Hendrickson0.00.00.0
Paul Derringer0.00.00.0
Guy Bush0.00.00.0
Stan Benjamin0.00.00.0
Nap Reyes0.00.00.0
Bill McGhee0.00.00.0
Gus Mancuso0.00.00.0
Babe Martin0.00.00.0
Max Lanier0.00.00.0
Marino Pieretti0.00.00.0
Tom Seats0.00.00.0
Butch Nieman0.00.00.0
Cass Michaels0.00.00.0
Frank McCormick0.00.00.0
John McHale0.00.00.0
Danny Gardella0.00.00.0
Atley Donald0.00.00.0
Mitch Chetkovich0.00.00.0
Ed Walczak0.00.00.0
Harry Brecheen0.00.00.0
Leon Culberson0.00.00.0
Ray Hathaway0.00.00.0
Lou Fette0.00.00.0
Ed Wright0.00.00.0
Bob Chipman0.00.00.0
Boom-Boom Beck0.00.00.0
Woody W. Williams0.00.00.0
Al J. Smith0.00.00.0
Virgil Trucks0.00.00.0
Mel Ott0.00.00.0
Steve Roser0.00.00.0
Lou Knerr0.00.00.0
Lou Lucier0.00.00.0
Al LaMacchia0.00.00.0
Lou Klein0.00.00.0
Floyd Baker0.00.0-0.0
Bob Whitcher0.00.0-0.0
Nick Goulish0.00.0-0.0
Granny Hamner0.00.0-0.0
Mayo Smith0.00.0-0.0
Bob Muncrief0.00.0-0.0
Chuck Hostetler0.00.0-0.0
Dewey Williams0.00.0-0.0
Len Schulte0.00.0-0.0
Wally Flager0.00.0-0.0
Jack S. Phillips0.00.0-0.0
Erv Palica0.00.0-0.0
Jim Russell0.00.0-0.0
Whitey Kurowski0.00.0-0.0
George Myatt0.00.0-0.0
Earl Henry0.00.0-0.0
Frankie Zak0.00.0-0.0
Tom McBride0.00.0-0.0
Ty LaForest0.00.0-0.0
Harry Feldman0.00.0-0.0
Pete Gray0.00.0-0.0
Russ Christopher0.00.0-0.0
Bitsy Mott0.00.0-0.0
Larry Rosenthal0.00.0-0.0
Jack Saltzgaver0.00.0-0.0
Vic Lombardi0.00.0-0.0
Al Gardella0.00.0-0.0
Putsy Caballero0.00.0-0.0
Al Unser0.00.0-0.0
Dick Culler0.00.0-0.0
Reggie Otero0.00.0-0.0
Skeeter Webb0.00.0-0.0
Lloyd Waner0.00.0-0.0
Whitey Wietelmann0.00.0-0.0
Johnny Barrett0.00.0-0.0
Mark Christman0.00.0-0.0
Pep Young0.00.0-0.0
Ed Sauer0.00.0-0.0
Jim Mallory0.00.0-0.0
Rip Sewell0.00.0-0.0
Johnny Ostrowski0.00.0-0.0
Vic Barnhart0.00.0-0.0
Jake Powell0.00.0-0.0
Red Borom0.00.1-0.0
Ellis Clary0.00.1-0.0
Johnny Rucker0.00.0-0.0
Jose Zardon0.00.1-0.0
Don Gutteridge0.00.1-0.0
Ed Busch0.00.1-0.0
Al Lopez0.00.1-0.0
Ray Medeiros0.00.00.0
Clyde McCullough0.00.00.0


Noteworthy Players of 1945
Notable Debuts
The 1945 season saw the major-league debut of one player who would eventually be elected to the Hall of Fame (with some extra credit for his post-playing managerial career) - Red Schoendienst - and one player who is not in the Hall of Fame but has been elected to Baseball Think Factory's Hall of Merit - Billy Pierce.

Red Schoendienst's 1945 debut was fairly typical throughout baseball history. He was 22 years old in 1945 and appeared in 137 games for the St. Louis Cardinals, mostly in left field, before settling in as the Cardinals' second baseman for a decade.

In contrast, the circumstances behind Billy Pierce's major-league debut were fairly unique to World War II. Pierce was 18 years old in 1945 and went from the Detroit sandlots to appearing in five games for the eventual World Champion Tigers. Pierce would not reappear in the major leagues until 1948 when he was 21 years old. The next table compares the career records of Red Schoendienst and Billy Pierce, as measured by Player won-lost records.

Red Schoendienst Billy Pierce
Season Games pWins pLoss Win Pct. pWOPA pWORL Games pWins pLoss Win Pct. pWOPA pWORL
194513718.917.30.5210.3
1.7
50.10.50.136-0.2-0.2
194614218.016.50.5220.9
2.3
194715118.518.20.5040.6
2.1
194811612.412.90.490-0.1
0.9
222.32.50.472-0.10.2
194915120.218.70.5200.8
2.3
3510.512.30.459-0.60.3
195015317.919.70.477-0.7
0.8
3415.215.10.5010.62.0
195113517.916.70.5170.7
2.0
3716.912.70.5722.63.9
195215222.017.60.5552.4
3.9
3315.513.30.5381.73.0
195314620.816.80.5542.2
3.8
4018.315.40.5432.13.6
195414818.919.10.4980.1
1.7
3612.511.90.5120.81.9
195514517.317.60.4960.3
1.7
3315.910.40.6053.24.3
195613213.115.00.467-0.5
0.6
3617.514.80.5422.03.4
195715020.717.90.5361.7
3.3
4018.414.50.5602.84.1
195810611.712.30.487-0.0
0.9
3517.214.60.5422.13.3
195950.00.10.097-0.1
-0.1
3415.113.50.5281.32.5
1960676.36.20.5030.2
0.7
3112.810.20.5571.82.8
1961723.13.90.438-0.3
0.1
3910.99.90.5240.91.8
1962983.84.50.458-0.2
0.2
3011.58.60.5742.02.9
196360.20.20.430-0.0
0.0
386.07.60.440-0.60.1
1964
 
342.12.00.5170.00.3
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER RECORDS2,212261.8251.30.5108.2
29.0
592218.8189.80.53622.440.2


Final Farewells
The 1945 season saw the final major-league appearances for four players who have subsequently been elected to the Hall of Fame: Jimmie Foxx, Joe Cronin, Paul Waner, and Lloyd Waner.

It is probably the case that all four of these players only appeared in the major leagues in 1945 because of World War II.

The final two tables of this article compare the career records of these four players. Since (as I write this) the only season of their careers for which Retrosheet has released full play-by-play data is the final one, these players' records are extrapolated here to include missing games based on actual games for which Retrosheet has released data (for seasons for which Retrosheet has released at least some data). All of the numbers here should therefore be taken with a fairly large grain of salt.

Jimmie Foxx Joe Cronin
Season Games pWins pLoss Win Pct. pWOPA pWORL Games pWins pLoss Win Pct. pWOPA pWORL
1925100.20.20.4920.0
0.0
1926260.81.10.423-0.2
-0.1
382.63.00.458-0.20.0
1927613.83.80.501-0.1
0.3
120.40.50.443-0.1-0.0
192811814.911.30.5691.7
2.8
636.18.20.424-0.8-0.2
192914919.311.40.6292.9
4.2
14520.020.10.4990.42.1
193015323.512.90.6454.2
5.8
15427.319.60.5824.36.5
193113918.912.00.6122.7
4.1
15623.319.60.5442.34.2
193215423.113.00.6404.0
5.5
14321.717.70.5502.34.0
193314921.713.10.6243.6
5.0
15224.919.40.5623.25.0
193415020.612.60.6212.8
4.2
12718.417.70.5090.52.1
193514717.613.70.5631.3
2.6
14420.420.80.495-0.01.7
193615521.115.00.5841.9
3.4
819.09.70.481-0.20.6
193715020.213.00.6092.6
4.0
14820.417.90.5321.43.0
193814922.912.50.6463.9
5.3
14322.916.00.5893.55.1
193912417.810.60.6262.6
3.8
14321.617.70.5492.44.0
194014419.112.50.6053.0
4.2
14920.918.00.5381.93.5
194113517.812.90.5791.5
2.8
14318.016.60.5190.82.3
19421008.59.00.486-0.7
0.0
453.62.30.6100.60.9
1943
 
593.32.90.5320.20.6
1944150.20.70.242-0.2
-0.2
765.55.50.504-0.20.3
1945896.57.50.466-0.6
0.1
30.40.20.6610.10.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER RECORDS2,317298.7198.90.60036.8
57.9
2,124290.6253.50.53422.645.6

Seasons in italics are extrapolated to include games currently missing from Retrosheet's play-by-play files.

Paul Waner Lloyd Waner
Season Games pWins pLoss Win Pct. pWOPA pWORL Games pWins pLoss Win Pct. pWOPA pWORL
192614422.018.20.5471.1
2.6
192715525.018.10.5802.6
4.4
15021.317.60.5481.43.0
192815223.219.60.5420.9
2.7
15219.620.10.494-0.61.0
192915123.518.10.5651.7
3.4
15123.219.60.5421.12.9
193014521.418.50.5370.4
2.3
687.68.20.483-0.30.5
193115022.120.80.515-0.2
1.6
15422.121.00.5120.12.0
193215426.020.80.5551.4
3.3
13419.416.10.5461.42.9
193315424.619.00.5651.9
3.6
12114.514.70.496-0.40.8
193414622.320.40.5220.5
2.4
14018.120.90.463-2.1-0.4
193513921.116.70.5581.7
3.3
12216.915.50.5220.51.8
193614824.019.00.5581.7
3.6
10613.011.50.5310.51.6
193715423.318.70.5541.3
3.0
12916.816.00.5130.21.5
193814820.420.10.504-0.2
1.4
14719.217.60.5220.41.9
193912615.516.30.487-1.0
0.4
11210.913.40.449-1.5-0.4
1940896.66.70.499-0.2
0.3
684.14.80.458-0.5-0.1
194110611.212.00.483-0.8
0.2
745.77.50.428-1.2-0.6
194211311.311.90.489-0.7
0.3
1017.810.90.418-1.6-0.9
1943828.87.50.5400.4
1.0
1944914.94.80.5090.0
0.5
331.10.70.6010.20.3
194510.10.00.9820.0
0.0
230.30.30.4990.00.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER RECORDS2,548357.4307.00.53812.5
40.5
1,985241.5236.50.505-2.417.8

Seasons in italics are extrapolated to include games currently missing from Retrosheet's play-by-play files.



All articles are written so that they pull data directly from the most recent version of the Player won-lost database. Hence, any numbers cited within these articles should automatically incorporate the most recent update to Player won-lost records. In some cases, however, the accompanying text may have been written based on previous versions of Player won-lost records. I apologize if this results in non-sensical text in any cases.

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