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The following are the baseball events of the year 1944 throughout the world.  


Champions

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Other champions

Awards and honors

MLB Statistical Leaders

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Lou Boudreau .327 Dixie Walker .357
HR Nick Etten 22 Bill Nicholson 33
RBI Vern Stephens 109 Bill Nicholson 122
Wins Hal Newhouser 29 Bucky Walters 23
ERA Dizzy Trout 2.12 Ed Heusser 2.38

Major League Baseball final standings

American League final standings

American League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st St. Louis Browns 89   65 .578    --
2nd Detroit Tigers 88   66 .565   1
3rd New York Yankees 83   71 .536   6.0
4th Boston Red Sox 77   77 .500   12.0
5th Philadelphia Athletics 72   82 .468 17.0
5th Cleveland Indians 72   82 .468 17.0
7th Chicago White Sox 71 83 .461 18.0
8th Washington Senators 64 90 .416 25.0

National League final standings

National League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st St. Louis Cardinals 105   49 .682    --
2nd Pittsburgh Pirates 90   63 .588   3
3rd Cincinnati Reds 89   65 .578   16
4th Chicago Cubs 75   79 .487   30
5th New York Giants 67   87 .435 38
6th Boston Braves 65   89 .422 40.0
7th Brooklyn Dodgers 63 91 .409 42
8th Philadelphia Phillies 61 92 .399 43.5

Events

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July-September

  • August 10 - Red Barrett of the Boston Braves throws a shutout with just 58 pitches - a record for fewest pitches in a nine-inning game. The game lasted 75 minutes.

October-December

Births

Deaths

  • January 7 - George Mullin, 63, pitcher who won 228 games including a no-hitter, mainly with the Tigers, having five 20-win seasons
  • April 25 - Tony Mullane, 85, pitcher who won 284 games, including five 30-win seasons, throwing with both hands; led league in shutouts twice and strikeouts once
  • October 17 - Jack Powell, 70, pitcher who won 245 games, primarily for the St. Louis Browns and Cardinals
  • November 25 - Kenesaw Mountain Landis, 78, commissioner of baseball since that office's creation in 1920 who established the position's authority in overseeing cleanup of corruption in wake of the Black Sox scandal, banishing eight players from the sport for life for involvement in throwing 1919 World Series; as federal judge, had presided over 1914 case in which Federal League challenged major leagues under antitrust law; strong advocate of the independence of minor leagues from control of majors
  • December 4 - Roger Bresnahan, 65, catcher and leadoff hitter who starred for the New York Giants from 1902-1908, and was first major leaguer to wear shinguards; led NL in walks in 1908, and was only catcher to steal 200 bases

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