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Saturday, 8/26/1944
Monday 8/21/1944: Heath (DET) and Davis (CHC) win P.O.W. award
Jeff Heath wins his 9th Player of the Week award. American League pitchers couldn't figure out how to retire this guy all week long. Jeff went 10 for 22 (.455), while hitting 4 HR and collecting 8 RBI. Heath has hit 39 homeruns this year while batting .328. He adds 34 doubles, along with 109 runs scored. He's 7th in the American League in batting, 3rd in homeruns and 3rd in RBI! Johnny Davis wins his 3rd Player of the Week award. National League pitchers couldn't figure out how to retire this guy all week long. He had an on base percentage of .500 and hit .476, while driving in 8 runs. He got at least one hit each game this week and is on a 9 game hitting streak right now.
 
Sunday 8/20/1944: Chicago (A)'s Jethroe out for 6-7 weeks
CHICAGO (A) - Chicago (A)'s rightfielder Sam Jethroe will miss at least 6-7 weeks after he got hurt seriously while running hard toward second base. He began limping and then fell down, causing a scary moment for his teammates. He had to be carried off the field. Chicago (A) wasted no time and rushed him to an hospital. Team officials were informed later that Jethroe had suffered a Inflamed Anterior Cruciate Ligament. His season features a batting average of .307 (142 hits in 462 AB), 26 doubles, 10 triples and 7 homeruns. Jethroe collected 83 RBI and 73 runs as well.
 
Monday 8/14/1944: Delancey and Thompson win Player of the Week award
The American League's best player of the week was Bill pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .565 with 2 HR and 9 RBI while slugging .957. His season features a batting average of .277 (125 hits in 451 AB), 24 doubles, 4 triples and 19 bombs. Delancey collected 86 RBI and 81 runs as well. Hank Thompson from Philadelphia (N) wins his 1st Player of the Week award for putting up the best numbers this week in the National League. Hank pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .414 with 3 HR and 7 RBI while slugging .793. He got at least one hit each game this week and is on a 7 game hitting streak right now. Thompson has walked 45 times this year and posts a .413 OBP. While batting .340, 128 for 376, he has driven in 59 runs. He's 3rd in the National League in batting!
 
Sunday 8/13/1944: Lazaro Salazar collects 2000th hit against Cincinnati
NEW YORK (N) - New York (N)'s rightfielder Lazaro Salazar was in good mood after the game against Cincinnati, and he had every reason as he made some history while collecting his 2000th career hit. With no outs in the 1st inning, Lazaro drilled a single, causing a standing ovation from the crowd. Along with his 2000 hits, Lazaro collected 248 homeruns and 1172 RBI in 15 seasons. 'Good things happen when you put the bat on the ball.'
 
Sunday 8/13/1944: Rudy York slams 3 HR
PHILADELPHIA (A) - Rudy York can hit'em a long way, and Philadelphia (A) pitchers couldn't smile about that today. Cleveland's catcher unloaded three bombs, adding to his reputation of being one of the best power hitters in the game. Number 1 in the 3rd inning, a shot estimated at 413 feet, cleared the wall in left-center. His 2nd blast, a two-run homerun off Charlie Gassaway in the 7th inning, landed an estimated 441 feet from home plate. A 432 foot drive to center field marked his 3rd bomb, a solo homerun off Charlie Gassaway in the 9th inning. Overall he got 3 hits in 5 AB, scoring three runs and collecting 4 RBI. His homerun total this year is 9, along with 17 RBI. On 8/6/1944, Nick Etten was the last player to hit 3 dingers in a single game. The final score of the game was 6-1.
 
Tuesday 8/8/1944: Willard Marshall hits for the cycle against Cincinnati
CINCINNATI - Philadelphia (N)'s leftfielder Willard Marshall accomplished a difficult feat in a game against Cincinnati, hitting for the cycle to improve his career batting average to .304! His 1st hit, off Paul Gehrman in the 4th inning, was a two-run homerun and cleared the fence in right field. A single in the 6th off Fred Hutchinson accounted for his 2nd hit. Hit number 3 followed in the 8th inning, a triple. A pitch from Whitey Moore in the 15th inning left his bat for a RBI double. That drive completed the cycle, causing a smile on his face! Willard did drive in 3 while scoring 3 runs on his own. He's having a very good season so far, batting .317. He's now the 69th player in league history to hit for the cycle! On 7/8/1944, Johnny Mize was the last player to hit for the cycle.
 
Monday 8/7/1944: Keltner (CLE) and Gordon (BSN) win P.O.W. award
Cleveland's second baseman Ken Keltner had some reason to celebrate, as the league named him the American League Player of the Week. Keltner helped his team with an average of .458 and 10 RBI in 24 at bats. He has hit 43 homeruns while batting .343 this season. His 137 hits and 31 walks add up to a .387 on-base percentage. He's 3rd in the American League in batting, 2nd in homeruns and 1st in RBI! Boston (N)'s centerfielder Sid Gordon had some reason to celebrate as well, as the league named him the National League Player of the Week. Gordon helped his team with an average of .474 and 8 RBI in 19 at bats.
 
Sunday 8/6/1944: Nick Etten slams 3 HR
DETROIT - Nick Etten was in a groove, and the results spoke for themselves. He powered Detroit to a 7-5 win over Boston (A) by homering three times. Number 1 in the 1st inning, a shot estimated at 418 feet, cleared the wall in left-center. His 2nd shot, off Tommy De la cruz in the 3rd inning, was a solo homerun and cleared the fence in right field. His 3rd shot, a two-run homerun off Tommy De la cruz in the 5th inning, cleared the fence in right-center. Nick went 3 for 3, scoring three runs and collecting 5 RBI.
 
Tuesday 8/1/1944: St. Louis (A)'s Gaddy earns Pitcher of the Month award
Winner of this months American League Pitcher of the Month award is St. Louis (A)'s John Gaddy. His record of 4-1 in 5 was among the leagues best this month. In 43 innings of work he allowed just 34 hits while striking out 19, compiling an ERA of just 1.88. John pitched a shutout as well. This season Gaddy compiled an ERA of 3.08, going 13-7 in 21 starts. He fanned 72 while giving up 145 hits in 181 innings. John has pitched 2 shutouts and 15 complete games. He's 3rd in the American League in ERA and 5th in wins! St. Louis (N)'s Pete Naktenis had a terrific July, and it earned him the National League Pitcher of the month award. He struck out 57 hitters in his 6 starts, putting together a record of 4-1 while pitching 57 innings. His ERA in July was 2.15. Pete has a record of 13-7 this season, with an ERA of 3.09. In 201 Innings he was able to strike out 215 batters. He's 1st in the National League in ERA and 10th in wins!
 
Tuesday 8/1/1944: Batter of the Month award winners announced
The American League's best player of the month was Cleveland's Ken Keltner, who wins the award for the 2nd time in his career. Ken was on fire, hitting .344 with 11 homeruns and 29 RBI. He has hit 41 homeruns while batting .338 this season. His 128 hits and 30 walks add up to a .383 on-base percentage. He's 4th in the American League in batting, 2nd in homeruns and 1st in RBI! It's the 5th time that the National League Batter of the Month award goes to Boston (N)'s first baseman Hal Trosky. Hal went 39 for 99 (.394), while hitting 10 HR and collecting 34 RBI. He has hit 23 homeruns while batting .335 this season. His 136 hits and 41 walks add up to a .386 on-base percentage. He's 4th in the National League in batting and 4th in RBI!
 
Monday 7/31/1944: Allie Reynolds fires 2-hitter against St. Louis (N)
BOSTON (N) - It was a great day for Boston (N)'s right-hander Allie Reynolds. The 27-year old recorded his first career shutout, a 2-hitter, against St. Louis (N) on Monday. 'I hit the corners with all of my pitches. That helped a lot!' Reynolds (5-2) fanned 5 and walked 3, throwing 115 pitches. Boston (N)'s leftfielder Bruce Campbell finished with 3 hits in 4 AB, hitting a homerun, scoring 2 runs with 2 RBI. That was enough to support the brilliant performance of Reynolds. Boston (N) improved its record to 47-58, scoring 4 runs on 6 hits.
 
Monday 7/31/1944: Young and Galan win Player of the Week award
The American League's best player of the week was Boston (A)'s Babe Young, who wins the award for the 5th time in his career. Babe pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .450 with 3 HR and 8 RBI while slugging .900. The National League's best player of the week was Brooklyn's Augie Galan, who wins the award for the 1st time in his career. He hit .481 with 4 RBI and slugged .963 in 27 at bats.
 
Monday 7/24/1944: Boston (N)'s Gordon wins Player of the Week award
The American League's best player of the week was Boston (A)'s Eddie Robinson, who wins the award for the 1st time in his career. He had an on base percentage of .417 and hit .364, while driving in 9 runs. The National League's best player of the week was Boston (N)'s Sid Gordon, who wins the award for the 1st time in his career. Gordon helped his team with an average of .565 and 7 RBI in 23 at bats. Gordon has hit 19 bombs this year while batting .289. He adds 13 doubles, along with 40 runs scored.
 
Sunday 7/23/1944: Odell Hale (DET) will miss 4 weeks
DETROIT - Detroit's second baseman Odell Hale will miss about 4 weeks after he hurt himself badly in the 2nd inning of the game between Detroit and New York (A). He fielded a ball off the bat of Walt Lanfranconi, threw a bullet to first and immediately signaled that he's not OK. After x-rays were taken the diagnosis did not surprise many: Strained Bicep Muscle. Surgery will be performed next week. His season numbers are: .327 AVG, 109 hits, 27 doubles, 3 triples and 9 longballs, along with 56 RBI and 46 runs scored. He's 9th in the American League in batting!
 
Thursday 7/20/1944: Dick Bartell stars with 2000th career hit
ST. LOUIS (A) - St. Louis (A)'s shortstop Dick Bartell was in good mood after the game against Philadelphia (A), and he had every reason as he made some history while collecting his 2000th career hit. Along with his 2000 hits, Dick collected 167 homeruns and 1080 RBI in 14 seasons. 'My firends always told me that I will do it one day. I never believed it. Good that I was wrong!' His hit in the 6th inning was a single off Wally Holborow.
 
Wednesday 7/19/1944: St. Louis (A)'s Christopher out for 6-7 weeks
ST. LOUIS (A) - St. Louis (A)'s right-hander Russ Christopher suffered a severe injury on Wednesday and will be out for at least 6-7 weeks. In the 4th of the game against Philadelphia (A) he experienced pain in his throwing arm and had to leave the game. After being taken to a local hospital, Christopher was examined by specialists. The diagnosis revealed the sad truth, a Bone Chips Elbow. This season Christopher compiled an ERA of 3.88, going 10-6 in 19 starts. He fanned 78 while giving up 154 hits in 160 innings. Russ has pitched one shutout and 13 complete games.
 
Tuesday 7/18/1944: Philadelphia (N)'s Keller out for the season
PHILADELPHIA (N) - Philadelphia (N)'s leftfielder Charlie Keller will miss the rest of the season. He injured himself running the bases in the game between Philadelphia (N) and St. Louis (N). The injury didn't seem to be serious the moment it happened. But suddenly Keller collapsed in pain and had to be carried off the field. Philadelphia (N) wasted no time and rushed him to an hospital. Team officials were informed later that Keller had suffered a Torn Hamstring Muscle. Keller has walked 42 times this year and posts a .423 OBP. While batting .338, 95 for 281, he has driven in 71 runs. He's 7th in the National League in batting!
 
Tuesday 7/18/1944: Sid Gordon collects five hits against Chicago (N)
CHICAGO (N) - Sid Gordon led Boston (N) to a 10-5 win over Chicago (N) by squeezing five hits out of his bat. A 342 foot drive to left field marked his 3rd hit, a solo homerun off Joe Coleman in the 8th inning. In the 10th inning he belted a double off Russ Meers. In the 11th inning he unloaded a solo homerun off Buck Ross. He collected singles in the 2nd inning and in the 5th inning (one RBI). Sid scored 2 runs, and he collected 3 RBI as well! He is hitting .280 this season, with 17 HR and 69 RBI.
 
Monday 7/17/1944: Keltner (CLE) and West (NYN) win P.O.W. award
The American League's best player of the week was Cleveland's Ken Keltner, who wins the award for the 5th time in his career. He had an on base percentage of .567 and hit .519, while driving in 15 runs. The Player of the Week award in the National League goes to New York (N)'s Max West this time, as the leftfielder displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. West helped his team with an average of .450 and 11 RBI in 20 at bats. Max managed to drive in at least one run in every game he played this week. This year West drove in 53 and scored 54 runs while batting .326 with 16 homeruns.
 
Friday 7/14/1944: Chicago (N)'s Gibson severely injured
CHICAGO (N) - Chicago (N)'s catcher Josh Gibson will miss at least 9 weeks after he got hurt seriously while running hard toward second base. He began limping and then fell down, causing a scary moment for his teammates. He had to be carried off the field. Chicago (N) wasted no time and rushed him to an hospital. Team officials were informed later that Gibson had suffered a Torn Thigh Muscle. This year Gibson drove in 71 and scored 49 runs while batting .305 with 19 longballs.
 
Thursday 7/13/1944: Wally Berger unloads, hits number 500
DETROIT - Cleveland's players had every reason to congratulate Wally Berger, who reached a milestone today, slamming his 500th career longball! A pitch from Al Veigel in the 9th inning left his bat for a three-run homerun, landing 377 feet from home plate in left field. Perhaps his best year so far was 1938 where he hit .368 with 50 homeruns and 168 RBI. Wally has managed to hit 30+ homeruns in a season 10 times, and he topped 40 homeruns 5 times. 'This day is special, I'll probably remember it my whole life. Thank god I'm blessed with the talent to play this game.' It's no secret that he will one day be in the Hall of Fame!
 
Monday 7/10/1944: Cleveland's Ken Keltner has great day, hits three longballs
DETROIT - Ken Keltner was in a groove, and the results spoke for themselves. He powered Cleveland to a 7-2 win over Detroit by homering three times. His 1st blast, a solo homerun off Bob Muncrief in the 2nd inning, landed an estimated 357 feet from home plate. A pitch from Bob Muncrief in the 4th inning left his bat for a solo homerun, landing 358 feet from home plate in left field. His 3rd shot, a solo homerun off Bob Muncrief in the 6th inning, cleared the fence in center field. Overall he stroked 4 hits in 4 AB, doubling once, scoring three times and driving in 4 runs. In 1719 career at bats, he has hit 120 homeruns and collected 481 RBI. Bill Wright was the last player to hit 3 homeruns in a game, doing it 6/24/1944.
 
Saturday 7/8/1944: St. Louis (N)'s Johnny Mize hits for the cycle
CHICAGO (N) - St. Louis (N)'s first baseman Johnny Mize once again displayed his tremendous ability to make contact with that little white ball. He tore up Chicago (N)'s pitching staff with a 4 hit performance on Saturday. His 1st hit, a two-run homerun off Leon Day in the 1st inning, landed an estimated 364 feet from home plate. A triple off Leon Day in the 4th inning, accounted for his 2nd hit. In the 5th inning he belted a double off Leon Day. A single in the 7th off Leon Day accounted for his 4th hit. That drive completed the cycle, causing a smile on his face! Johnny did drive in 2 while scoring 2 runs on his own. His 4 hit performance increases his batting average to .328. He's now the 68th player in league history to hit for the cycle! Elbie Fletcher was the last player to hit for the cycle, doing it 8/24/1943.
 
Saturday 7/8/1944: Hal Trosky ropes 500th career homerun
BOSTON (N) - Boston (N)'s first baseman Hal Trosky was in good mood after the game against Philadelphia (N), and he had every reason as he made baseball history while collecting his 500th career homerun. Perhaps his best year so far was 1941 where he hit .349 with 58 homeruns and 173 RBI. Hal hit 30+ homeruns in a season 10 times, hitting 40 bombs 7 times. 'Wow. That is all I can say now. I'm thrilled.' The historic drive, a three-run homerun off Dutch Leonard in the 8th inning, landed an estimated 399 feet from home plate. It's no secret that he will one day be in the Hall of Fame!
 
Monday 7/3/1944: Player of the Week honors go to Dimaggio and Henrich
It's the 3rd time that the American League Player of the Week award goes to New York (A)'s rightfielder Vince Dimaggio. Vince pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .579 with 3 HR and 11 RBI while slugging 1.211. While compiling an on base percentage of .365, Vince hit .284 and slugged .503. He has collected 54 runs batted in this year. Chicago (N)'s rightfielder Tommy Henrich had some reason to celebrate as well, as the league named him the National League Player of the Week. In 21 at bats he hit .429 with 6 HR and 13 RBI.
 
Sunday 7/2/1944: Philadelphia (A)'s Shirley severely injured
PHILADELPHIA (A) - Philadelphia (A) is without its right-hander Tex Shirley for at least 9 weeks. He injured himself while throwing a pitch to Bill Delancey in a game against Boston (A). His face showed signs of pain immediately after the ball left his hand. Pulled Rotator Cuff Muscle was the diagnosis after x-rays were taken in a nearby hospital. The message shocked teammates and team officials. His ERA of 3.29 helped him to a 8-6 record this year. He struck out 91 and walked 92 in 166.2 innings. He has 14 complete games and one shutout. He's 7th in the American League in saves!
 
Saturday 7/1/1944: Cincinnati's Williams named Pitcher of the Month
Philadelphia (A)'s pitcher Wally Holborow is the American League winner of the Pitcher of the Month award in June. He went 3-1 in June and finished the month with an ERA of 1.02. He struck out 25 in 44.1 innings. Wally pitched a shutout as well. Wally has a record of 5-4 this season, with an ERA of 2.71. In 73 Innings he was able to strike out 41 batters. He has 3 complete games and one shutout. It's the 50th time that the National League Pitcher of the Month award goes to Cincinnati's pitcher John He went 7-0 in June and finished the month with an ERA of 4.39. He struck out 53 in 67.2 innings. John This season Williams He has 7 complete games and one shutout. He's 1st in the National League in wins!
 
Saturday 7/1/1944: Batter of the Month award winners announced
The American League's best player of the month was Cleveland's Ken Keltner, who wins the award for the 1st time in his career. Ken went 36 for 97 (.371), while hitting 11 HR and collecting 28 RBI. His season numbers are: .336 AVG, 95 hits, 27 doubles, 2 triples and 30 bombs, along with 92 RBI and 58 runs scored. He's 6th in the American League in batting, 2nd in homeruns and 1st in RBI! The Batter of the Month award in the National League goes to Cincinnati's Mel Ott this time, as the leftfielder displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. He had an on base percentage of .478 and hit .370, while driving in 36 runs. This year Ott drove in 91 and scored 87 runs while batting .356 with 39 homeruns. He's 2nd in the National League in batting, 2nd in homeruns and 2nd in RBI!
 
Monday 6/26/1944: Shirley (PHA) and Gibson (CHC) win P.O.W. award
The American League's best player of the week was Philadelphia (A)'s Tex Shirley, who wins the award for the 1st time in his career. Tex went 2-0 with an ERA of 1.50, while fanning 9 in 18 innings of work. He hurled a shutout as well. Tex has a record of 8-5 this season, with an ERA of 3.20. In 151.2 Innings he was able to strike out 80 batters. Tex has pitched one shutout and 13 complete games. He's 6th in the American League in saves! Josh Gibson from Chicago (N) wins his 10th Player of the Week award for putting up the best numbers this week in the National League. Josh pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .435 with 5 HR and 14 RBI while slugging 1.174.
 
Sunday 6/25/1944: Stuart Jones (CHC) will miss 6 weeks
CHICAGO (N) - Chicago (N) is without its left-hander Stuart Jones for at least 6 weeks. He injured himself while throwing a pitch to Leroy Morney in a game against Philadelphia (N). His face showed signs of pain immediately after the ball left his hand. Ruptured Tricep Tendon was the diagnosis after x-rays were taken in a nearby hospital. The message shocked teammates and team officials. This season Jones compiled an ERA of 5.28, going 6-8 in 18 starts. He fanned 144 while giving up 119 hits in 131.1 innings. He has 5 complete games and one shutout.
 
Saturday 6/24/1944: Bill Wright on fire, crushes three
PITTSBURGH - Bill Wright was in a groove, and the results spoke for themselves. He powered Pittsburgh to a 9-3 win over Brooklyn by homering three times. His 1st shot, a three-run homerun off Johnny Sain in the 1st inning, cleared the fence in right-center. In the 3rd inning he unloaded a two-run homerun off Johnny Sain. Number 3 in the 5th inning, a shot estimated at 387 feet, cleared the wall in right-center. Overall he went 3 for 3, with three runs scored and collecting 6 RBI.
 
Wednesday 6/21/1944: Tommy Henrich on fire, laces five hits
BOSTON (N) - Tommy Henrich saw the ball really well, leading Chicago (N) to a 15-5 win over Boston (N). His five hits thrilled his teammates and coaches, and Tommy seemed happy as well after the game. Number 2 in the 3rd inning, a shot estimated at 432 feet, cleared the wall in center field. A pitch from Dizzy Trout in the 7th inning left his bat for a double. Number 5 in the 9th inning accounted for a two-run double. He had singles in the 1st (one RBI) and in the 8th inning (one RBI). Tommy did drive in 6 while scoring 4 runs on his own. He now has a total of 59 hits this season, accounting for a .274 batting average.
 
Wednesday 6/21/1944: Wally Holborow quiets St. Louis (A) bats with shutout
PHILADELPHIA (A) - Philadelphia (A)'s right-hander Wally Holborow will never forget this day. The 30-year old recorded his first career shutout, a 2-hitter, against St. Louis (A) on Wednesday. Holborow (3-4) fanned 3 and walked 3, throwing 111 pitches. 'Things like that happen. You take the mound and everything works. My velocity was pretty good today and I guess it showed.' The hitting star for Philadelphia (A) was shortstop Calvin Chapman, he went 2 for 4, scoring twice. Philadelphia (A) scored 3 runs on 5 hits.
 
Monday 6/19/1944: New York (N)'s Greenberg wins Player of the Week award
Ken Keltner from Cleveland wins his 4th Player of the Week award for putting up the best numbers this week in the American League. Ken was on fire, hitting .440 with 4 HR and 10 RBI. While compiling an on base percentage of .365, Ken hit .322 and slugged .744. He has collected 81 runs batted in this year. He's 1st in the American League in RBIs and 2nd in homeruns! New York (N)'s third baseman Hank Greenberg had some reason to celebrate as well, as the league named him the National League Player of the Week. Hank was on fire, hitting .519 with 2 HR and 8 RBI.
 
Monday 6/12/1944: Barrett and Vaughan win Player of the Week award
Red Barrett of New York (A) wins his 1st Player of the Week award for dominating American League's hitters the entire week. Barrett was overpowering all week long, going 2-0 with an ERA of 0.50. Along the way he struck out 9 in 18 innings. He hurled a shutout as well. This season Barrett compiled an ERA of 2.95, going 6-2 in 10 starts. He fanned 37 while giving up 69 hits in 79.1 innings. Red has pitched one shutout and 7 complete games. Cincinnati's shortstop Arky Vaughan had some reason to celebrate as well, as the league named him the National League Player of the Week. He hit .682 with 10 RBI and slugged 1.500 in 22 at bats. Arky managed to drive in at least one run in every game he played this week.
 
Wednesday 6/7/1944: St. Louis (N)'s Johnny Mize crushes homerun #500
ST. LOUIS (N) - St. Louis (N)'s first baseman Johnny Mize was in good mood after the game against Philadelphia (N), and he had every reason as he made baseball history while collecting his 500th career homerun. The historic drive, a two-run homerun off Al Jurisich in the 6th inning, landed an estimated 437 feet from home plate. Along with his 500 homeruns, Johnny collected 1538 hits and 1278 RBI in 8 seasons. Johnny has managed to hit 30+ homeruns in a season 8 times, and he topped 40 homeruns 8 times. 'It's hard to believe that I did it. I want to thank my family, my friends and my teammates!' It's no secret that he will one day be in the Hall of Fame!
 
Wednesday 6/7/1944: Detroit's Jeff Heath slams three taters
DETROIT - Jeff Heath was in a groove, and the results spoke for themselves. He powered Detroit to a 8-5 win over Boston (A) by homering three times. A pitch from Tommy De la cruz in the 3rd inning left his bat for a two-run homerun, landing 355 feet from home plate in right field. His 2nd shot, a two-run homerun off Tommy De la cruz in the 5th inning, cleared the fence in right-center. A 449 foot drive to center field marked his 3rd bomb, a two-run homerun off Tommy De la cruz in the 7th inning. Jeff finished with 4 hits in 5 AB, stroking a double, scoring FOUR runs with 7 RBI.
 
Monday 6/5/1944: Player of the Week honors go to Williams and Nicholson
The American League's best player of the week was Boston (A)'s Ted Williams, who wins the award for the 16th time in his career. Ted went 8 for 20 (.400), while hitting 5 HR and collecting 10 RBI. This year Williams drove in 65 and scored 60 runs while batting .421 with 33 taters. He's 1st in the American League in batting, 1st in homeruns and 2nd in RBI! It's the 7th time that the National League Player of the Week award goes to Brooklyn's rightfielder Bill Nicholson. He had an on base percentage of .667 and hit .529, while driving in 9 runs. He now has homered in 3 consecutive games as well!
 
Friday 6/2/1944: Johnny Gee quiets Boston (N) bats with shutout
BOSTON (N) - Boston (N)'s hitters looked uncomfortable, and New York (N)'s Johnny Gee didn't help them. The left-hander fired his 1st shutout of the season, a 2-hitter. Gee (3-3) struck out 5 and walked 2, throwing 63 of 105 pitches for strikes. 'I had my stuff going. Everything I tried worked. What a day!' Bill Knickerbocker provided New York (N) with the offense Gee needed as he stroked 3 hits in 5 AB, blasting a homerun, scoring twice with 3 RBI. New York (N) scored 9 runs on 10 hits.
 
Friday 6/2/1944: Stubby Overmire dominates Philadelphia (A), throws NO-HITTER
CHICAGO (A) - Great things can happen when you throw strikes. And Stubby Overmire did so today, in a no-hit shutout against Philadelphia (A). Overmire (3-7) fanned 2 and walked 3, throwing 116 pitches. 'I felt early that I was on top of my game. Fortunately I was able to keep that feeling the entire game.' Chicago (A)'s rightfielder Sam Jethroe finished with 1 hit in 3 AB. That was enough to support the brilliant performance of Overmire. Chicago (A) scored 1 run on 3 hits.
 
Thursday 6/1/1944: Cincinnati's Wilson named Pitcher of the Month
's Marv Breuer had a terrific May, and it earned him the American League Pitcher of the month award. He went 4-0 in May and finished the month with an ERA of 1.25. He struck out 23 in 36 innings. Marv also fired a shutout. Marv has a record of 9-0 this season, with an ERA of 1.78. In 81 Innings he was able to strike out 39 batters. Marv has pitched 2 shutouts and 9 complete games. He's 1st in the American League in ERA and 2nd in wins! Winner of this months National League Pitcher of the Month award is Cincinnati's Jack Wilson. He struck out 31 hitters in his 8 starts, putting together a record of 5-2 while pitching 31 innings. His ERA in May was 3.82. Jack pitched a shutout as well. This season Wilson compiled an ERA of 4.21, going 8-6 in 15 starts. He fanned 56 while giving up 128 hits in 119.2 innings. He has 10 complete games and one shutout. He's 5th in the National League in ERA and 3rd in wins!
 
Thursday 6/1/1944: Williams (BOS) and Nicholson (BRO) win monthly award
Boston (A)'s leftfielder Ted Williams had some reason to celebrate, as the league named him the American League Batter of the Month. Ted went 35 for 80 (.438), while hitting 19 HR and collecting 35 RBI. Ted has gone 69 for 164 (.421) this season, hitting 30 homeruns and driving in 59 runs. He has scored 56 runs on his own. He's 1st in the American League in batting, 1st in homeruns and 2nd in RBI! The Batter of the Month award in the National League goes to Brooklyn's Bill Nicholson this time, as the rightfielder displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. He hit .406 with 36 RBI and slugged .948 in 96 at bats. Nicholson has walked 42 times this year and posts a .454 OBP. While batting .337, 66 for 196, he has driven in 62 runs. He's 8th in the National League in batting, 1st in homeruns and 2nd in RBI!
 
Monday 5/29/1944: Player of the Week honors go to Cullenbine and Nicholson
Roy Cullenbine wins his 1st Player of the Week award. American League pitchers couldn't figure out how to retire this guy all week long. Roy was on fire, hitting .522 with 2 HR and 8 RBI. His season features a batting average of .261 (43 hits in 165 AB), 14 doubles, no triples and 10 homeruns. Cullenbine collected 25 RBI and 33 runs as well. The National League Player of the Week award goes to Bill Nicholson, Brooklyn's starting rightfielder. Nicholson helped his team with an average of .500 and 14 RBI in 24 at bats.
 
Wednesday 5/24/1944: Boston (A)'s Ted Williams has great day with five hits
WASHINGTON - Ted Williams is among the best pure hitters in the game, but his 5 hit performance seemed to surprise even himself. A 354 foot drive to left field marked his 2nd hit, a solo homerun off Tex Hughson in the 4th inning. The game was tied, 1-1, after the blast. His 4th hit, off Tex Hughson in the 7th inning, was a three-run homerun and cleared the fence in right field. He had singles in the 1st , in the 5th (one RBI) and in the 9th . Ted scored 2 runs, and he collected 5 RBI as well! He's having a very good season so far, batting .446. Boston (A) improved its record to 32-15, scoring 7 runs on 16 hits.
 
Tuesday 5/23/1944: Sam Nahem turns in great performance against Chicago (N)
ST. LOUIS (N) - Good things can happen when you throw strikes. And Sam Nahem did so today, in a 1-hit shutout against Chicago (N). Nahem (6-4) fanned 5 and walked 4, throwing 127 pitches. 'I hit the corners with all of my pitches. That helped a lot!' Joe Orengo helped Nahem at the plate, he stroked 2 hits in 5 AB, homering once, and driving in 3 runs. The final score of the game was 8-0.
 
Monday 5/22/1944: Hank Greenberg homers three times against Chicago (N)
NEW YORK (N) - Hank Greenberg was in a groove, and the results spoke for themselves. He powered New York (N) to a 11-3 win over Chicago (N) by homering three times. His 1st blast, a two-run homerun off Stuart Jones in the 1st inning, landed an estimated 404 feet from home plate. A 421 foot drive to center field marked his 2nd bomb, a solo homerun off Stuart Jones in the 3rd inning. In the 8th inning he unloaded a three-run homerun off Bertrum Hank collected 4 hits in 5 trips to the plate, hitting a double, scoring three runs and driving in 7 runs. So far this season he is batting .329 with 12 homers and 31 RBI. The induction into the Hall of Fame is almost a sure thing for him now! Bill Nicholson was the last player to hit 3 homeruns in a game, doing it 5/17/1944.
 
Monday 5/22/1944: Brooklyn's Nicholson wins Player of the Week award
Cleveland's third baseman Ken Keltner had some reason to celebrate, as the league named him the American League Player of the Week. Ken pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .500 with 3 HR and 9 RBI while slugging 1.050. Keltner has hit 18 bombs this year while batting .327. He adds 12 doubles, along with 30 runs scored. He's 1st in the American League in RBIs and 2nd in homeruns! The Player of the Week award in the National League goes to Brooklyn's Bill Nicholson this time, as the rightfielder displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. He hit .500 with 13 RBI and slugged 1.500 in 20 at bats. While compiling an on base percentage of .421, Bill hit .315 and slugged .782. He has collected 47 runs batted in this year. He's 3rd in the National League in RBIs and 1st in homeruns!
 
Wednesday 5/17/1944: Bill Nicholson punishes Chicago (N) with three dingers
CHICAGO (N) - Bill Nicholson can hit'em a long way, and Chicago (N) pitchers couldn't smile about that today. Brooklyn's rightfielder unloaded three bombs, adding to his reputation of being one of the best power hitters in the game. His 1st blast, a solo homerun off Al Gerheauser in the 5th inning, landed an estimated 372 feet from home plate. Number 2 in the 7th inning, a shot estimated at 420 feet, cleared the wall in left-center. In the 8th inning he unloaded a two-run homerun off Johnny Beazley. Overall he got 4 hits in 4 AB, scoring three times with 5 RBI. So far this season he is batting .314 with 19 homers and 40 RBI. On 4/11/1944, Hank Leiber was the last player to hit 3 dingers in a single game. Brooklyn improved its record to 29-12, scoring 12 runs on 16 hits.
 
Wednesday 5/17/1944: Sam Jethroe collects five hits against Cleveland
CLEVELAND - On Wednesday, Chicago (A)'s rightfielder Sam Jethroe displayed his sensational ability to handle the bat against Cleveland, punishing their pitchers with five hits. A 388 foot drive to right-center marked his 1st hit, a two-run homerun off Tom Earley in the 1st inning. Number 3 in the 6th inning, a shot estimated at 374 feet, cleared the wall in right field. Number 4 in the 8th inning accounted for a double. He collected singles in the 3rd and in the 9th . Sam did drive in 6 while scoring 4 runs on his own. This season has been a good one for him so far, as he has 54 hits in 153 at bats, resulting in a .353 batting average. Chicago (A) scored 14 runs on 17 hits.
 
Monday 5/15/1944: Boston (A)'s Williams wins Player of the Week award
The Player of the Week award in the American League goes to Boston (A)'s Ted Williams this time, as the leftfielder displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. He hit .500 with 10 RBI and slugged 1.667 in 18 at bats. While compiling an on base percentage of .606, Ted hit .429 and slugged 1.076. He has collected 41 runs batted in this year. He's 1st in the American League in batting, 1st in homeruns and 3rd in RBI! The National League Player of the Week award goes to Ray Dandridge, Philadelphia (N)'s starting first baseman. Ray pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .565 with 2 HR and 8 RBI while slugging .870.
 
Sunday 5/14/1944: Early Wynn dominates Chicago (A), gives up just 2 hits
WASHINGTON - With his best stuff going, Washington's Early Wynn overmatched the opposing hitters all day long. Chicago (A) had no chance, collecting just 2 hits against the right-hander. Wynn (5-6) struck out 9 and issued 1 BB, throwing 64 of 100 pitches for strikes. 'I hit the corners with all of my pitches. That helped a lot!' Walker Cooper provided Washington with the offense Wynn needed as he stroked 2 hits in 4 AB, hitting a homerun, hitting a double, scoring twice with 3 RBI. Washington improved its record to 16-22, scoring 7 runs on 8 hits.
 
Monday 5/8/1944: Detroit's Heath wins Player of the Week award
Jeff Heath wins his 8th Player of the Week award. American League pitchers couldn't figure out how to retire this guy all week long. In 18 at bats he hit .444 with 4 HR and 12 RBI. He now has homered in 3 consecutive games as well! His season numbers are: .348 AVG, 40 hits, 10 doubles, 5 triples and 9 longballs, along with 32 RBI and 26 runs scored. He's 8th in the American League in batting, 5th in homeruns and 4th in RBI! The National League's best player of the week was Boston (N)'s Buddy Lewis, who wins the award for the 1st time in his career. Buddy pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .467 with 3 HR and 8 RBI while slugging .867. He hit in every game this week and extended his hitting streak to 8 games. He has hit 3 bombs while batting .425 this season. His 57 hits and 20 walks add up to a .494 on-base percentage. He's 1st in the National League in batting!
 
Monday 5/1/1944: Jack Wilson pitches his 1st shutout of the season
CINCINNATI - Pittsburgh's hitters looked uncomfortable, and Cincinnati's Jack Wilson didn't help them. The right-hander fired his 1st shutout of the season, a 1-hitter. Wilson (4-4) struck out 4 and walked 4, throwing 61 of 103 pitches for strikes. 'I was able to keep´em off balance. That certainly helped.' Phil Cavarretta provided Cincinnati with the offense Wilson needed as he went 2 for 3. Cincinnati scored 4 runs on 5 hits.
 
Monday 5/1/1944: 's Breuer earns Pitcher of the Month award
's Marv Breuer had a terrific April, and it earned him the American League Pitcher of the month award. He had an ERA of just 2.20 in 45 innings of work in which he struck out 16 hitters. His record in April is 5-0. Marv pitched a shutout as well. It's the 1st time that the National League Pitcher of the Month award goes to Chicago (N)'s pitcher Stuart Jones. He went 4-1 in April and finished the month with an ERA of 1.56. He struck out 65 in 52 innings. Stuart pitched a shutout as well.
 
Monday 5/1/1944: Batter of the Month award winners announced
The American League Batter of the Month award goes to Ted Williams, Boston (A)'s starting leftfielder. He hit .405 with 24 RBI and slugged .929 in 84 at bats. Mel Ott of Cincinnati wins his 23rd Batter of the Month award for putting up the best numbers in the National League. Mel went 34 for 89 (.382), while hitting 14 HR and collecting 28 RBI.
 
Monday 5/1/1944: Player of the Week honors go to English and Vaughan
The Player of the Week award in the American League goes to Philadelphia (A)'s Charlie English this time, as the third baseman displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. Charlie pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .455 with 1 HR and 7 RBI while slugging .773. Charlie is hitting .315 this year, with 29 hits in 92 at bats. He has driven in 18 runs, slugging .543. It's the 2nd time that the National League Player of the Week award goes to Cincinnati's shortstop Arky Vaughan. Vaughan helped his team with an average of .474 and 5 RBI in 19 at bats. Vaughan has walked 15 times this year and posts a .420 OBP. While batting .333, 32 for 96, he has driven in 20 runs.
 
Thursday 4/27/1944: Stuart Jones shuts out New York (N) on one hit
NEW YORK (N) - New York (N)'s hitters looked uncomfortable, and Chicago (N)'s Stuart Jones didn't help them. The left-hander fired his 1st shutout of the season, a 1-hitter. 'Well, the ball went where I wanted it. I was able to hit the corners with all of my pitches.' Jones (4-1) was really unbelievable, striking out 16 and walking 3, throwing 79 of 134 pitches for strikes. Josh Gibson provided Chicago (N) with the offense Jones needed as he stroked 1 hit in 5 AB, hitting a homerun, and driving in 3 runs. Chicago (N) scored 5 runs on 12 hits.
 
Tuesday 4/25/1944: Season ending injury strikes Philadelphia (A)'s Larkin
PHILADELPHIA (A) - Philadelphia (A)'s ace Steve Larkin experienced probably the worst case scenario for a pitcher, a season ending injury. After pitching in the 4th inning of the game against Boston (A), Larkin complained about serious pain in his throwing arm. He had to leave the game. Torn Rotator Cuff Muscle was the diagnosis after x-rays were taken in a nearby hospital. The message shocked teammates and team officials. His ERA of 2.98 helped him to a 2-4 record this year. He struck out 47 and walked 27 in 48.1 innings.
 
Monday 4/24/1944: Williams (BOS) and Davis (CHC) win P.O.W. award
The American League Player of the Week award goes to Ted Williams, Boston (A)'s starting leftfielder. He hit .522 with 10 RBI and slugged .957 in 23 at bats. He got at least one hit each game this week and is on a 13 game hitting streak right now. Johnny Davis from Chicago (N) wins his 2nd Player of the Week award for putting up the best numbers this week in the National League. Johnny pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .500 with 3 HR and 8 RBI while slugging .955.
 
Monday 4/17/1944: Cincinnati's Ott wins Player of the Week award
It's the 4th time that the American League Player of the Week award goes to St. Louis (A)'s first baseman Stan Musial. He hit .483 with 14 RBI and slugged 1.034 in 29 at bats. The National League Player of the Week award goes to Mel Ott, Cincinnati's starting leftfielder. He hit .478 with 12 RBI and slugged 1.478 in 23 at bats.
 
Tuesday 4/11/1944: Hank Leiber homers three times against St. Louis (N)
ST. LOUIS (N) - Boston (N)'s rightfielder Hank Leiber showed the world why he is one of the most amazing sluggers in a 8-7 win over St. Louis (N). He almost knockes the cover off the ball, resulting in three homeruns. Number 1 in the 1st inning, a shot estimated at 433 feet, cleared the wall in center field. A pitch from Paul Erickson in the 3rd inning left his bat for a solo homerun, landing 364 feet from home plate in right field. His 3rd blast, a solo homerun off Paul Erickson in the 7th inning, landed an estimated 411 feet from home plate. Hank stroked 3 hits in 5 AB, scoring FOUR runs with 5 RBI. Joe Gordon was the last player to hit 3 homeruns in a game, doing it 9/30/1943. Boston (N) scored 8 runs on 11 hits.
 
Monday 4/10/1944: Mel Ott unloads, hits number 1100
NEW YORK (N) - Mel Ott got a standing ovation from 31027 fans in New York (N), who witnessed his historic 1100th career homerun. Perhaps his best year so far was 1936 where he hit .396 with 95 homeruns and 204 RBI. Mel has managed to hit 30+ homeruns in a season 16 times, and he topped 40 homeruns 14 times. 'This day is special, I'll probably remember it my whole life. Thank god I'm blessed with the talent to play this game.' A pitch from Hi Bithorn in the 4th inning left his bat for a solo homerun, landing 396 feet from home plate in right-center. It's no secret that he will one day be in the Hall of Fame!
 
Monday 4/10/1944: Philadelphia (A)'s Gene Woodling ropes five hits
CLEVELAND - Gene Woodling is among the best pure hitters in the game, but his 5 hit performance seemed to surprise even himself. His 3rd hit, off Tom Earley in the 5th inning, was a three-run homerun and cleared the fence in right field. In the 7th inning he unloaded a three-run triple off Tom Earley. He had singles in the 4th inning and in the 8th inning . Gene did drive in 7 while scoring 2 runs on his own. This season has been a good one for him so far, as he has 5 hits in 10 at bats, resulting in a .500 batting average. The final score of the game was 9-7.
 
Monday 4/10/1944: St. Louis (N)'s Gordon wins Player of the Week award
The American League Player of the Week award goes to Babe Young, Boston (A)'s starting second baseman. Young helped his team with an average of .600 and 9 RBI in 20 at bats. The National League Player of the Week award goes to Joe Gordon, St. Louis (N)'s starting second baseman. Joe pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .478 with 5 HR and 11 RBI while slugging 1.174. He got at least one hit each game this week and is on a 7 game hitting streak right now.
 
Friday 4/7/1944: Philadelphia (N)'s Gomez severely injured
PHILADELPHIA (N) - Philadelphia (N) is without its ace Lefty Gomez for at least 7 weeks. He injured himself while throwing a pitch to Buddy Lewis in a game against Boston (N). His face showed signs of pain immediately after the ball left his hand. Philadelphia (N) wasted no time and rushed him to an hospital. Team officials were informed later that Gomez had suffered a Pulled Rotator Cuff Muscle.
 
Sunday 4/2/1944: Buck Rogers quiets Philadelphia (N) bats with shutout
PHILADELPHIA (N) - Philadelphia (N)'s offense is struggling, and Pittsburgh's Buck Rogers didn't help them. The lefty fired his 1st shutout of the season, a 2-hitter. 'I hit the corners with all of my pitches. That helped a lot!' Rogers (1-0) struck out 3 and issued 5 BB, throwing 59 of 115 pitches for strikes. The hitting star for Pittsburgh was leftfielder Barney Mccosky, he stroked 3 hits in 5 AB, hitting a homerun, scoring 2 runs and collecting 2 RBI. The final score of the game was 10-0.
 
Saturday 4/1/1944: Red Barrett (NYY) will miss 5-6 weeks
NEW YORK (A) - New York (A) is without its ace Red Barrett for at least 5-6 weeks. He injured himself while throwing a pitch to Harry Walker in a game against Washington. His face showed signs of pain immediately after the ball left his hand. After being taken to a local hospital, Barrett was examined by specialists. The diagnosis revealed the sad truth, a Strained Rotator Cuff Muscle.
 

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