1945 Boston Red Sox season

1945 Boston Red Sox
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Tom Yawkey
General manager(s) Eddie Collins
Manager(s) Joe Cronin
Local radio WNAC
(Jim Britt, Tom Hussey, George Hartrick)
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The 1945 Boston Red Sox season was the 45th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished seventh in the American League (AL) with a record of 71 wins and 83 losses.

Offseason

  • Prior to 1945 season: Tom Poholsky was signed as an amateur free agent by the Red Sox.[1]

Regular season

  • April 1945: At the urging of Boston City Councillor Isadore Muchnick and with the active involvement of noted African American journalist Wendell Smith, General Manager Eddie Collins allowed three players from the Negro Leagues to try out for the Red Sox. The players included Sam Jethroe from the Cleveland Buckeyes, Marvin Williams from the Philadelphia Stars, and Jackie Robinson from the Kansas City Monarchs.[2]
  • August 14, 1945: Handicapped Washington Senators coach Bert Shepard pitched in a game against the Red Sox. Shepard, who had an artificial leg, managed to give up only one run in five innings to the Red Sox.[3]

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
Detroit Tigers8865.575--
Washington Senators8767.5651.5
St. Louis Browns8170.5366
New York Yankees8171.5336.5
Cleveland Indians7372.50311
Chicago White Sox7178.47715
Boston Red Sox7183.46117.5
Philadelphia Athletics5298.35734.5

Record vs. opponents

1945 American League Records

Sources:
Team BOS CWS CLE DET NYY PHI STL WSH
Boston 9–1311–1112–10–16–1614–88–14–111–11–1
Chicago 13–911–8–110–129–1212–108–138–14
Cleveland 11–118–11–111–1112–912–6–111–108–14
Detroit 10–12–112–1011–1115–715–7–115–610–12
New York 16–612–99–127–1516–67–1514–8
Philadelphia 8–1410–126–12–17–15–16–1610–12–15–17
St. Louis 14–8–113–810–116–1515–712–10–111–11–1
Washington 11–11–114–814–812–108–1417–511–11–1

Opening Day lineup

16Ben Steiner2B
 2Catfish Metkovich1B
15Pete FoxRF
 8Bob Johnson    LF
  4Joe Cronin3B
11Leon CulbersonCF
 6Skeeter Newsome    SS
26Fred WaltersC
31Rex CecilP

Roster

1945 Boston Red Sox
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
OFBob Johnson143529148.2801274

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Joe Cronin383.37501

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Frank Barrett374332.6235

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AA Louisville Colonels American Association Nemo Leibold
A Scranton Red Sox Eastern League Elmer Yoter
B Roanoke Red Sox Piedmont League Eddie Popowski
C Durham Bulls Carolina League Floyd "Pat" Patterson

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Louisville[4]

Notes

  1. Tom Poholsky page at Baseball Reference
  2. Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season, p. 136, Jonathan Eig, Simon & Schuster, 2007, New York, ISBN 978-0-7432-9461-4
  3. Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.193, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  4. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007

References

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