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1944 Junior World Series
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The 1944 Junior World Series was the 28th meeting between the champions of the American Association and International League. The Louisville Colonels won the American Association playoffs, while the Baltimore Orioles won the International League's Governors' Cup for the first time. It was the first JWS victory by the IL since 1940.
Baltimore won the series in six games for their first JWS title since 1925.
Louisville won the opener, 5-3, but Baltimore scored 8 times in the 4th inning of the second contest for a rout. Sherm Lollar hit a grand slam and Red Embree tossed a shutout. Baltimore won again on the road with a 14-inning victory in game 3 (both teams scoring once in the 13th) to pull ahead.
In game four, 52,833 fans showed up, setting a new minor league record. Louisville pulled ahead 5-0 after four and held on for a one-run win. In game five, Embree again blanked the Colonels, putting the O's ahead, 3 games to 2. They wrapped it up at home, trailing 3-1 after five in game 6 before rallying.
Embree had shutouts in both of his starts while Lollar hit .423 and had 8 RBI; they were the top stars of the Series.
- The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball. W. Lloyd Johnson and Miles Wolff, editors. Baseball America, 1993.
- 1945 Baseball Guide