Claude Passeau

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Claude William Passeau

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Biographical Information[edit]

Claude Passeau was a substantial force in his time, accumulating 170 points on the Gray Ink scale (the average Hall of Fame pitcher scores 185). He won 162 games in his 13-year major league career (with 21 saves), and once threw a one-hit shutout in World Series play.

Except for one game (his debut in the majors with the Pittsburgh Pirates), Passeau played his entire time in the majors with two teams, the Philadelphia Phillies and the Chicago Cubs. He won in double figures ten times, with a high of 20 victories in 1940.

He was twice second in the National League in ERA, in 1940 and in 1945.

Passeau had some power as a hitter, slugging 15 home runs in 982 at-bats.

Chosen for five All-Star Games, he was unlucky in these, with two losses in the games in which he appeared.

The site BleedCubbieBlue.com picks Passeau as the # 37 Cub of all time. The site relates that he was a four-sport star at Millsaps College and played some pro ball during summers. In 1935 he was with the Des Moines Demons, where he won 20 games and became friends with Ronald Reagan.

He was a minor league manager in the Chicago Cubs system in 1948 with the Centralia Cubs and in 1949 with the Visalia Cubs.

After he was through with baseball, he owned a farm equipment dealership in Lucedale, MS.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 5-time NL All-Star (1941-1943, 1945 & 1946)
  • NL Innings Pitched Leader (1937)
  • NL Strikeouts Leader (1939)
  • NL Shutouts Leader (1945)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 6 (1939, 1940 & 1942-1945)
  • 20 Wins Seasons: 1 (1940)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 10 (1936-1945)

Further Reading[edit]

  • Gregory H. Wolf: "Claude Passeau", in Bill Nowlin, ed.: Van Lingle Mungo: The Man, The Song, The Players, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2014, pp. 220-226. ISBN 978-1-933599-76-2

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