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Saturday, 5/27/1945
Friday 5/26/1945: Len Perme fires 2-hitter against Philadelphia (N)
ST. LOUIS (N) - St. Louis (N)'s left-hander Len Perme will never forget this day. The 27-year old recorded his first career shutout, a 2-hitter, against Philadelphia (N) on Friday. 'I had a good grip on the ball today and I was able to put it where I wanted. That kept them out of balance.' Perme (6-5) struck out 3 and issued 5 BB, throwing 70 of 121 pitches for strikes. Whitey Kurowski provided St. Louis (N) with the offense Perme needed as he finished 2 for 3, hitting a homerun, scoring two runs with 3 RBI. St. Louis (N) improved its record to 24-24, scoring 10 runs on 9 hits.
 
Monday 5/22/1945: 's Delancey wins Player of the Week award
's catcher Bill Delancey had some reason to celebrate, as the league named him the American League Player of the Week. Delancey helped his team with an average of .556 and 6 RBI in 18 at bats. Pittsburgh's centerfielder Bill Wright had some reason to celebrate as well, as the league named him the National League Player of the Week. Wright helped his team with an average of .455 and 11 RBI in 22 at bats. He got at least one hit each game this week and is on a 8 game hitting streak right now.
 
Sunday 5/21/1945: Eddie Robinson blisters three bombs
WASHINGTON - Eddie Robinson was in a groove, and the results spoke for themselves. He powered Boston (A) to a 15-2 win over Washington by homering three times. Number 1 in the 1st inning, a shot estimated at 400 feet, cleared the wall in right-center. His 2nd shot, off Al Gettel in the 3rd inning, was a solo homerun and cleared the fence in right field. His 3rd blast, a solo homerun off Mike Naymick in the 8th inning, landed an estimated 398 feet from home plate. Overall he went 5 for 5, stroking two 2B's, with FOUR runs scored and collecting 8 RBI. On 5/5/1945, Ted Williams was the last player to hit 3 dingers in a single game.
 
Monday 5/15/1945: Brooklyn's Nicholson wins Player of the Week award
Lou Chiozza wins his 1st Player of the Week award. American League pitchers couldn't figure out how to retire this guy all week long. He had an on base percentage of .600 and hit .545, while driving in 2 runs. Bill Nicholson from Brooklyn wins his 8th Player of the Week award for putting up the best numbers this week in the National League. Nicholson helped his team with an average of .435 and 8 RBI in 23 at bats. Bill has gone 41 for 140 (.293) this season, hitting 13 homeruns and driving in 27 runs. He has scored 35 runs on his own.
 
Sunday 5/14/1945: Boston (N)'s Sid Gordon pounds five hits
CHICAGO (N) - Sid Gordon is among the best pure hitters in the game, but his 5 hit performance seemed to surprise even himself. His 2nd hit, a solo homerun off Stuart Jones in the 2nd inning, landed an estimated 446 feet from home plate. Number 3 in the 4th inning accounted for a double. Number 4 in the 5th inning accounted for a double. He collected singles in the 1st (one RBI) and in the 9th . Sid did drive in 2 while scoring 4 runs on his own. His 5 hit performance increases his batting average to .299. Boston (N) improved its record to 18-21, scoring 15 runs on 21 hits.
 
Monday 5/8/1945: Robert Palm slams 600th homerun
NEW YORK (A) - Robert Palm got a standing ovation from 39324 fans in New York (A), who witnessed his historic 600th career homerun. Along with his 600 homeruns, Robert collected 2580 hits and 1973 RBI in 18 seasons. Robert hit 30+ homeruns in a season 12 times, hitting 40 bombs 6 times. 'You dream about that as a kid, but when you reach such a milestone it's hard to believe. Fantastic.' The historic drive, a two-run homerun off Lefty Gomez in the 4th inning, landed an estimated 502 feet from home plate. The Hall of Fame already has reserved a place for this great player.
 
Monday 5/8/1945: Trosky (CLE) and Wright (PIT) win P.O.W. award
It's the 19th time that the American League Player of the Week award goes to Cleveland's first baseman Hal Trosky. Hal went 11 for 27 (.407), while hitting 5 HR and collecting 7 RBI. Bill Wright from Pittsburgh wins his 4th Player of the Week award for putting up the best numbers this week in the National League. He had an on base percentage of .417 and hit .381, while driving in 9 runs. Bill has gone 23 for 107 (.215) this season, hitting 4 bombs and driving in 20 runs. He has scored 17 runs on his own.
 
Saturday 5/6/1945: Philadelphia (A)'s Dimaggio severely injured
PHILADELPHIA (A) - Philadelphia (A)'s Joe Dimaggio suffered a serious injury Saturday in a game against Detroit. Dimaggio fell down while running the bases and couldn't get up without help. He will miss probably 5 weeks. Fractured Knee was the diagnosis after x-rays were taken in a nearby hospital. The message shocked teammates and team officials. This year Dimaggio drove in 14 and scored 13 runs while batting .271 with 3 longballs.
 
Friday 5/5/1945: Boston (A)'s Ted Williams goes deep three times
ST. LOUIS (A) - Hitting homeruns is one of the most difficult things in sports. To hit three of them in one game is almost sensational. Boston (A)'s leftfielder Ted Williams accomplished that feat in a 11-4 win over St. Louis (A). His 1st shot, a solo homerun off Red Embree in the 2nd inning, cleared the fence in right field. A 458 foot drive to right field marked his 2nd bomb, a two-run homerun off Red Embree in the 6th inning. In the 8th inning he unloaded a solo homerun off Red Embree. It tied the ballgame at 4. Ted went 3 for 4, with three runs scored with 4 RBI. The final score of the game was 11-4.
 
Monday 5/1/1945: Lanfranconi and Wilson receive Pitcher of the Month award
Walt Lanfranconi pitched like a legend in April, and the American League named him Pitcher of the Month for his extraordinary performance. His record of 3-0 in 3 was among the leagues best this month. In 27 innings of work he allowed just 15 hits while striking out 6, compiling an ERA of just 1.00. Walt pitched a shutout as well. Cincinnati's Jack Wilson had a terrific April, and it earned him the National League Pitcher of the month award. He had an ERA of just 2.76 in 62 innings of work in which he struck out 34 hitters. His record in April is 6-1.
 
Monday 5/1/1945: Chicago (A)'s Robinson earns Batter of the Month award
The American League's best player of the month was Chicago (A)'s Jackie Robinson, who wins the award for the 1st time in his career. Jackie went 53 for 114 (.465), while hitting 6 HR and collecting 25 RBI. The Batter of the Month award in the National League goes to Cincinnati's Arky Vaughan this time, as the shortstop displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. Arky pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .451 with 11 and 27 RBI while slugging 1.085.
 
Monday 5/1/1945: Chicago (N)'s Henrich wins Player of the Week award
The American League Player of the Week award goes to Odell Hale, Detroit's starting second baseman. In 16 at bats he hit .750 with 0 HR and 6 RBI. Tommy Henrich wins his 2nd Player of the Week award. National League pitchers couldn't figure out how to retire this guy all week long. Tommy pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .471 with 4 HR and 6 RBI while slugging 1.294.
 
Sunday 4/30/1945: Cincinnati's Phil Cavarretta gets the cycle
PHILADELPHIA (N) - Phil Cavarretta hits 'em where they ain't. Philadelphia (N) certainly agrees as Cincinnati's first baseman unloaded four hits and hitting for the cycle. A 418 foot drive to center field marked his 1st hit, a two-run homerun off Bob Lemon in the 1st inning. In the 2nd inning he belted a double off Bob Lemon. His 3rd hit was a triple off Bob Lemon in the 4th inning. A single in the 6th off Steve Rachunok accounted for his 4th hit. That drive completed the cycle, causing a smile on his face! Phil scored 2 runs, and he collected 2 RBI as well! This season has been a good one for him so far, as he has 37 hits in 99 at bats, resulting in a .374 batting average. 71 players in league history have so far hit for the cycle, including Phil. On 9/10/1944, Stan Spence was the last player to hit for the cycle.
 
Monday 4/24/1945: Cincinnati's Russo severely injured
CINCINNATI - Cincinnati's ace Marius Russo suffered a severe injury on Monday and will be out for at least 5-6 weeks. In the 2nd of the game against Boston (N) he experienced pain in his throwing arm and had to leave the game. Strained Back Muscle was the diagnosis after x-rays were taken in a nearby hospital. The message shocked teammates and team officials. His ERA of 4.14 helped him to a 5-0 record this year. He struck out 33 and walked 28 in 45.2 innings. Marius has pitched one shutout and 4 complete games. He's 1st in the National League in wins! He's 5th in the National League in saves!
 
Monday 4/24/1945: St. Louis (N)'s Erickson out for the season
ST. LOUIS (N) - St. Louis (N)'s right-hander Paul Erickson will not pitch again this year, suffering a serious injury in the game against Brooklyn on Monday. Erickson was rushed to an hospital near the ballpark, where doctors took x-rays. Those revealed the serious injury, Torn Bicep Muscle. This season Erickson compiled an ERA of 6.05, going 1-2 in 6 starts. He fanned 17 while giving up 43 hits in 41.2 innings.
 
Monday 4/24/1945: Trosky and Vaughan win Player of the Week award
Cleveland's first baseman Hal Trosky had some reason to celebrate, as the league named him the American League Player of the Week. Hal was on fire, hitting .478 with 4 HR and 12 RBI. His season numbers are: .500 AVG, 23 hits, 8 doubles, no triples and 6 bombs, along with 19 RBI and 12 runs scored. He's 8th in the American League in RBIs and 6th in homeruns! The National League's best player of the week was Cincinnati's Arky Vaughan, who wins the award for the 4th time in his career. He had an on base percentage of .650 and hit .611, while driving in 12 runs. He got at least one hit each game this week and is on a 7 game hitting streak right now. Arky is hitting .451 this year, with 32 hits in 71 at bats. He has driven in 27 runs, slugging 1.085. He's 1st in the National League in batting, 1st in homeruns and 1st in RBI!
 
Saturday 4/22/1945: Cincinnati's Vaughan severely injured
CINCINNATI - Cincinnati's Arky Vaughan suffered a serious injury Saturday in a game against New York (N). Vaughan fell down while running the bases and couldn't get up without help. He will miss probably 6 weeks. Torn Groin Muscle was the diagnosis after x-rays were taken in a nearby hospital. The message shocked teammates and team officials. While compiling an on base percentage of .536, Arky hit .451 and slugged 1.085. He has collected 27 runs batted in this year. He's 1st in the National League in batting, 1st in homeruns and 1st in RBI!
 
Saturday 4/22/1945: Detroit has no chance in a 2-hitter by Walt Lanfranconi
DETROIT - Walt Lanfranconi had his best stuff going, and Detroit hitters had nothing to cheer about. New York (A)'s right-hander pitched a 2-hitter, his 1st shutout of the season. Lanfranconi (2-0) fanned 1 and walked 3, throwing 131 pitches. 'That was one of the best games of my career. I had my stuff working very well today.' George Kell helped Lanfranconi at the plate, he finished with 1 hit in 3 AB, homering once. The final score of the game was 1-0.
 
Monday 4/17/1945: Heath and Hodges win Player of the Week award
The American League Player of the Week award goes to Jeff Heath, Detroit's starting centerfielder. Heath helped his team with an average of .433 and 13 RBI in 30 at bats. Gil Hodges wins his 1st Player of the Week award. National League pitchers couldn't figure out how to retire this guy all week long. Gil pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .500 with 5 HR and 6 RBI while slugging 1.154. He now has homered in 3 consecutive games as well!
 
Sunday 4/16/1945: Chicago (A) has no chance in a 1-hitter by Stubby Overmire
NEW YORK (A) - With his best stuff going, New York (A)'s Stubby Overmire overmatched the opposing hitters all day long. Chicago (A) had no chance, collecting just one hit against the left-hander. 'I felt early that I was on top of my game. Fortunately I was able to keep that feeling the entire game.' Overmire (3-1) struck out 5 and walked 2, throwing 64 of 104 pitches for strikes. The hitting star for New York (A) was first baseman Lorenzo Davis, he stroked 4 hits in 5 AB, doubling once, scoring three runs and collecting 2 RBI. The final score of the game was 11-0.
 
Wednesday 4/12/1945: Verdell Mathis turns in great performance against Pittsburgh
CHICAGO (N) - Verdell Mathis had his best stuff going, and Pittsburgh hitters were chanceless. Chicago (N)'s left-hander fired a 2-hitter, his 2nd shutout of the season. 'Today I just felt fine. I had a good feeling while warming up.' Mathis (2-0) fanned 4 and walked 4, throwing 122 pitches. Gil Hodges helped Mathis at the plate, he stroked 4 hits in 4 AB, hitting 2 doubles, scoring twice. Chicago (N) scored 6 runs on 12 hits.
 
Wednesday 4/12/1945: Bill Bevens fires 2-hitter against St. Louis (A)
BOSTON (A) - St. Louis (A)'s hitters were dominated by Boston (A)'s Bill Bevens. He gave up just 2 hits in recording his 1st shutout of the season. 'I had my stuff going. Everything I tried worked. What a day!' Bevens (2-1) was overpowering, fanning 10 while walking 5, throwing 135 pitches. Ted Williams provided Boston (A) with the offense Bevens needed as he got 2 hits in 3 AB, homering once. The final score of the game was 4-0.
 
Monday 4/10/1945: Jeff Heath punishes Washington with three dingers
DETROIT - Jeff Heath was in a groove, and the results spoke for themselves. He powered Detroit to a 8-6 win over Washington by homering three times. His 1st shot, off Early Wynn in the 3rd inning, was a solo homerun and cleared the fence in center field. A pitch from Early Wynn in the 7th inning left his bat for a two-run homerun, landing 422 feet from home plate in left-center. The game was tied, 6-6, after the blast. A 394 foot drive to right field marked his 3rd bomb, a two-run homerun off Early Wynn in the 9th inning. His final homerun proved to be the game winner as well! Jeff collected 4 hits in 5 trips to the plate, scoring three times with 5 RBI. Mel Ott was the last player to hit 3 homeruns in a game, doing it 9/26/1944.
 
Monday 4/10/1945: St. Louis (N)'s Mize wins Player of the Week award
It's the 1st time that the American League Player of the Week award goes to Chicago (A)'s shortstop Jackie Robinson. Jackie pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .516 with 3 HR and 12 RBI while slugging 1.065. Robinson has hit for a .525 average this season. He has 13 extra base hits along with 43 total bases, resulting in a 1.075 slugging percentage. He's 1st in the American League in batting, 1st in homeruns and 1st in RBI! Johnny Mize from St. Louis (N) wins his 17th Player of the Week award for putting up the best numbers this week in the National League. Johnny was on fire, hitting .417 with 4 HR and 12 RBI.
 
Saturday 4/8/1945: Pete Naktenis fires 2-hitter against Chicago (N)
ST. LOUIS (N) - Pete Naktenis had his best stuff going, and Chicago (N) hitters had nothing to cheer about. St. Louis (N)'s lefty pitched a 2-hitter, his 1st shutout of the season. Naktenis (2-0) fanned 4 and walked 3, throwing 118 pitches. 'Giving my team a chance to win is the most important thing for me. I was able to do it today.' St. Louis (N)'s first baseman Johnny Mize stroked 2 hits in 3 AB, homering twice, scoring 2 runs with 4 RBI. That was enough to support the brilliant performance of Naktenis. St. Louis (N) improved its record to 6-1, scoring 4 runs on 8 hits.
 
Sunday 4/2/1945: New York (N)'s Hank Greenberg belts 800th career homerun
NEW YORK (N) - New York (N)'s Hank Greenberg showed a smile on his face after he belted his 800th career homerun against Chicago (N) on Sunday. A 391 foot drive to left field marked his 800th career bomb, a two-run homerun off Warren Spahn in the 1st inning. Along with his 800 homeruns, Hank collected 2359 hits and 2011 RBI in 15 seasons. Hank has managed to hit 30+ homeruns in a season 15 times, and he topped 40 homeruns 12 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!
 

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