1945 Rule V Draft

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The major league 1945 Rule V Draft was held November 1 in the Commissioner's office in Chicago, IL. 10 players were drafted by major league teams in a meeting that took 8 minutes to complete. 8 players were selected from AA clubs for $7500, 1 player from A ball for $6000 and 1 player from B for $4000. The first pick was Frank Demaree, followed by Lou Novikoff.

Rule V Draft Major league Selections[edit]

Selecting team Player Position Team Organization
Chicago White Sox Arky Biggs 2nd baseman Milwaukee Brewers Milwaukee
Chicago White Sox Pete Thomassie Outfielder Memphis Chicks Memphis
Philadelphia A's Frank Demaree Outfielder Portland Beavers Portland
Philadelphia A's Gene Handley Infielder Sacramento Solons Sacramento
Washington Senators Max Wilson* Pitcher Portsmouth Cubs Chicago Cubs
Boston Braves Earl Reid* Pitcher Indianapolis Indians Indianapolis
New York Giants Mike Budnick* Pitcher Seattle Rainiers Seattle
Philadelphia Phillies Lou Novikoff* Outfielder Los Angeles Angels Chicago Cubs
Pittsburgh Pirates Ben Guintini Outfielder San Francisco Seals San Francisco
St. Louis Cardinals Lester Studener Pitcher Montreal Royals Brooklyn Dodgers

* Wilson, Reid, Budnick, and Novikoff were on National Defense List at time of draft

Rule V Draft AA Selections[edit]

Selecting team Player Position Team Organization
Louisville Colonels Tom West Outfielder Richmond Colts New York Giants
Toronto Maple Leafs Byron Cook Pitcher Atlanta Crackers Atlanta

Rule V Draft A1 Selections[edit]

Selecting team Player Position Team Organization
Mobile Bears Lyle Parkhurst P Jamestown Falcons Detroit Tigers
Nashville Volunteers Hal Quick* Shortstop Elmira Pioneers St. Louis Browns
New Orleans Pelicans Alexander Sutherland 2nd Baseman Lima Red Birds St. Louis Cardinals
Fort Worth Cats Vern Bickford** Pitcher Hartford Chiefs Boston Braves

* Quick was on National Defense List at time of draft
** The Texas League was ruled to be ineligible for selecting players since they had played in 1945. Fort Worth selected anyway and then appealed to Commissioner Happy Chandler.

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