1945 World Series
Team / Wins Manager Season
Detroit Tigers (4) Steve O'Neill 88–65, .575, GA: 1½
Chicago Cubs (3) Charlie Grimm 98–56, .636, GA: 3
Dates: October 3October 10
Radio network: Mutual
Radio announcers: Bill Slater, Al Helfer
Umpires: Bill Summers (AL), Lou Jorda (NL), Art Passarella (AL), Jocko Conlan (NL)
Future Hall of Famers: Tigers: Hank Greenberg, Hal Newhouser.
Cubs: none.
World Series
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The 1945 World Series matched the American League Detroit Tigers against the National League Chicago Cubs. The Tigers won the Series, four games to three, giving them their second championship and first since 1935.

Paul Richards picked up four runs batted in in the seventh game of the series, to lead the Tigers to the 9–3 game win, and 4–3 Series win.

The World Series again used the 3–4 wartime setup for home field sites, instead of the normal 2–3–2. Although the major hostilities of World War II had ended, some of the rules were still in effect. Many of the majors' better players were still in military service. Warren Brown, author of a history of the Cubs in 1946, commented on this by titling one chapter "World's Worst Series". He also cited a famous quote of his, referencing himself anonymously and in the third person. When asked who he liked in the Series, he answered, "I don't think either one of them can win it."

In a similar vein, Frank Graham jokingly called this Series "the fat men versus the tall men at the office picnic."

One player decidedly not fitting that description was the Tigers' slugger Hank Greenberg, who had been discharged from military service early. He hit the only two Tigers homers in the Series, and scored seven runs overall and also drove in seven.

The Curse of the Billy Goat originated in this Series. As of 2008, this is the last appearance for the Chicago Cubs in the Fall Classic. Having last won the Series in 1908, the Cubs own the dubious record of both the longest league pennant drought and the longest World Series drought in history.

The Series was a rematch between the two opponents of the 1935 World Series. In that Series' final game, Stan Hack had led off the top of the ninth inning of Game 6 with a triple but was stranded, and the Cubs lost the game and the Series. Hack was still with the Cubs in 1945. According to Warren Brown's account, Hack was seen surveying the field before the first Series game. When asked what he was doing, Hack responded, "I just wanted to see if I was still standing there on third base."

In an unknowing foreshadowing of their future, the Cubs would win two of three in relatively spacious Briggs Stadium but would lose three of four in the relatively hitter-friendly confines of Wrigley Field.

The 1945 World Series is referenced in the Steve Goodman song "A Dying Cubs Fan's Last Request" when Goodman says, "The law of averages says, anything will happen that can, but the last time the Cubs won a National League Pennant was the year we dropped the bomb on Japan."


AL Detroit Tigers (4) vs. NL Chicago Cubs (3)

1Chicago Cubs – 9, Detroit Tigers – 0October 3Briggs Stadium54,637[1]
2Chicago Cubs – 1, Detroit Tigers – 4October 4Briggs Stadium53,636[2]
3Chicago Cubs – 3, Detroit Tigers – 0October 5Briggs Stadium55,500[3]
4Detroit Tigers – 4, Chicago Cubs – 1October 6Wrigley Field42,923[4]
5Detroit Tigers – 8, Chicago Cubs – 4October 7Wrigley Field43,463[5]
6Detroit Tigers – 7, Chicago Cubs – 8 (12 innings)October 8Wrigley Field41,708[6]
7Detroit Tigers – 9, Chicago Cubs – 3October 10Wrigley Field41,590[7]


Game 1Edit

Wednesday, October 3, 1945 at Briggs Stadium in Detroit, Michigan

Team 123456789RHE
Chicago 403000200 9 130
Detroit 000000000 0 60
WP: Hank Borowy (1–0)  LP: Hal Newhouser (0–1)  
HRs:  CHC – Phil Cavarretta (1)

Game 2Edit

Thursday, October 4, 1945 at Briggs Stadium in Detroit, Michigan

Team 123456789RHE
Chicago 000100000 1 70
Detroit 00004000X 4 70
WP: Virgil Trucks (1–0)  LP: Hank Wyse (0–1)  
HRs:  DET – Hank Greenberg (1)

Game 3Edit

Friday, October 5, 1945 at Briggs Stadium in Detroit, Michigan

Team 123456789RHE
Chicago 000200100 3 80
Detroit 000000000 0 12
WP: Claude Passeau (1–0)  LP: Stubby Overmire (0–1)  

Claude Passeau pitched a complete game one-hitter. The only hit of the game came with two outs in the second inning off the bat of Rudy York. Other Series pitchers in the "low-hit Complete Game Club" are:

Name Team League Year
Ed Reulbach Chicago Cubs N.L. 1906 (1-hitter)
Bill Bevens New York Yankees A.L. 1947 (1-hitter)
Don Larsen New York Yankees A.L. 1956 (perfect game)
Jim Lonborg Boston Red Sox A.L. 1967 (1-hitter)

Game 4Edit

Saturday, October 6, 1945 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois

Team 123456789RHE
Detroit 000400000 4 71
Chicago 000001000 1 51
WP: Dizzy Trout (1–0)  LP: Ray Prim (0–1)  

Game 5Edit

Sunday, October 7, 1945 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois

Team 123456789RHE
Detroit 001004102 8 110
Chicago 001000201 4 72
WP: Hal Newhouser (1–1)  LP: Hank Borowy (1–1)  

Game 6Edit

Monday, October 8, 1945 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois

Team 123456789101112RHE
Detroit 010000240000 7 131
Chicago 000041200001 8 153
WP: Hank Borowy (2–1)  LP: Dizzy Trout (1–1)  
HRs:  DET – Hank Greenberg (2)

Game 7Edit

Wednesday, October 10, 1945 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois

Team 123456789RHE
Detroit 510000120 9 91
Chicago 100100010 3 100
WP: Hal Newhouser (2–1)  LP: Hank Borowy (2–2)  

Composite boxEdit

1945 World Series (4–3): Detroit Tigers (A.L.) over Chicago Cubs (N.L.)

Team 123456789101112RHE
Detroit Tigers 521444462000 32 545
Chicago Cubs 504442711001 29 656

<tr><td style="text-align:left;" colspan="16">Total attendance: 333,457   Average attendance: 47,637</td></tr> <tr><td style="text-align:left;" colspan="16">Winning player’s share: $6,443   Losing player’s share: $3,930[8]</td></tr>



  • Neft, David S., and Richard M. Cohen. The World Series. 1st ed. New York: St Martins, 1990. (Neft and Cohen 201–206)
  • Reichler, Joseph, ed. (1982). The Baseball Encyclopedia (5th ed.), p. 2153. MacMillian Publishing. ISBN 0-02-579010-2.
  • Forman, Sean L.. 1945 World Series. - Major League Statistics and Information.. Retrieved on 2007-12-09.

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