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The 1945 season of the American League was the forty-fifth season of the league.

Contents

[edit] Season summary

[edit] Standings

Bold indicates league champion, Italics indicates World Series champion
Rank Team G W L T WPCT GB RS (RS/G) RA (RA/G) AVG OBP SLG ERA FPCT
1 Detroit Tigers 155 88 65 2 .568 -.- 633 (4.08) 565 (3.65) 0.256 0.322 0.361 2.99 0.974
2 Washington Senators 156 87 67 2 .558 1.5 622 (3.99) 562 (3.60) 0.258 0.327 0.334 2.92 0.970
3 St. Louis Browns 154 81 70 3 .526 6.0 597 (3.88) 548 (3.56) 0.249 0.315 0.341 3.14 0.976
4 New York Yankees 152 81 71 0 .533 6.5 676 (4.45) 606 (3.99) 0.259 0.338 0.373 3.45 0.971
5 Cleveland Indians 147 73 72 2 .497 11.0 557 (3.79) 548 (3.73) 0.255 0.325 0.359 3.31 0.977
6 Chicago White Sox 150 71 78 1 .473 15.0 596 (3.97) 633 (4.22) 0.262 0.324 0.337 3.69 0.970
7 Boston Red Sox 157 71 83 3 .452 17.5 599 (3.82) 674 (4.29) 0.260 0.327 0.346 3.80 0.973
8 Philadelphia Athletics 153 52 98 3 .340 34.5 494 (3.23) 638 (4.17) 0.245 0.304 0.316 3.62 0.975

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Rudy York Detroit Tigers 155
At Bats Snuffy Stirnweiss New York Yankees 632
Runs Scored Snuffy Stirnweiss New York Yankees 107
Hits Snuffy Stirnweiss New York Yankees 195
Doubles Wally Moses Chicago White Sox 35
Triples Snuffy Stirnweiss New York Yankees 22
Home Runs Vern Stephens St. Louis Browns 24
Total Bases Snuffy Stirnweiss New York Yankees 301
Runs Batted In Nick Etten New York Yankees 111
Stolen Bases Snuffy Stirnweiss New York Yankees 33
Caught Stealing Snuffy Stirnweiss New York Yankees 17
Walks Roy Cullenbine Cleveland Indians/Detroit Tigers 113
Hit by Pitch Frankie Crosetti New York Yankees 10
Strikeouts Pat Seerey Cleveland Indians 97
Sacrifice Hits Roy Schalk Chicago White Sox 24
Grounded into Double Plays Rudy York Detroit Tigers 23
Batting Average Snuffy Stirnweiss New York Yankees 0.309
On-Base Percentage Eddie Lake Boston Red Sox 0.412
Slugging Percentage Snuffy Stirnweiss New York Yankees 0.476
On-Base plus Slugging Snuffy Stirnweiss New York Yankees 0.861
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Snuffy Stirnweiss New York Yankees 144

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Hal Newhouser Detroit Tigers 25
Losses Bobo Newsom Philadelphia Athletics 20
Win-Loss Percentage Bob Muncrief St. Louis Browns 0.765
Appearances Joe Berry Philadelphia Athletics 52
Games Started Hal Newhouser Detroit Tigers 36
Complete Games Hal Newhouser Detroit Tigers 29
Shutouts Hal Newhouser Detroit Tigers 8
Games Finished Joe Berry Philadelphia Athletics 40
Saves Jim Turner New York Yankees 10
Innings Pitched Hal Newhouser Detroit Tigers 313.1
Batters Faced Hal Newhouser Detroit Tigers 1261
Hits Allowed Dave Ferriss Boston Red Sox 263
Home Runs Allowed Jack Kramer St. Louis Browns 13
Base-on-Balls Allowed Allie Reynolds Cleveland Indians 130
Hit Batsmen Thornton Lee Chicago White Sox 10
Strikeouts Hal Newhouser Detroit Tigers 212
Wild Pitches Hal Newhouser Detroit Tigers 10
Balks Marino Pieretti Washington Senators 3
Runs Allowed Marino Pieretti Washington Senators 114
Earned Runs Allowed Bobo Newsom Philadelphia Athletics 94
Earned Run Average Hal Newhouser Detroit Tigers 1.81
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Roger Wolff Washington Senators 1.012

[edit] All-Star Game

The thirteenth midsummer classic was not played due to wartime travel restrictions. The game was scheduled for Tuesday, July 10, 1945 at Fenway Park in Boston, MA with Luke Sewell as the American League manager.

[edit] Postseason

In the World Series, the American League champion Detroit Tigers defeated the National League's Chicago Cubs, 4 games to 3.

[edit] Award winners

The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Hal Newhouser, a pitcher with the Detroit Tigers. In the award's voting, he had 236 out of a possible 336 points and 9 first place votes.


[edit] Hall of Fame Game

The 1945 Hall of Fame Game was not held due to wartime travel restrictions.

[edit] Notable events

[edit] Further Reading

  • James D. Szalontai: Teenager on First, Geezer at Bat, 4-F on Deck: Major League Baseball in 1945, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2009.


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