Check out more 1944 baseball season highlights, including Ray Mueller's records and Stan Musial's many hits.
- Ray Mueller sets a National League record when he participates in 217 consecutive games as a catcher.
- Mueller sets a National League record for a 154-game season by catching in 155 games.
- At the end of August, the Cards have a 91-30 mark, but are only 14-19 the rest of the way.
- Tom Sunkel, the most successful one-eyed player in major league history, appears in his last major league game.
- Detroit rookie Chuck Hostetler, age 41, hits .298 in 90 games.
- The National League wins the 1944 All-Star Game 7-1 at Pittsburgh.
- On April 27 vs. Dodgers, Jim Tobin of Braves becomes first pitcher to hit a homer while tossing a no-hitter.
- On August 10, Red Barrett of the Braves throws record-low 58 pitches in a CG shutout of Reds.
- Cincinnati's Clyde Shoun no-hits the Braves on May 15.
- Musial tops the National League in doubles (51) and SA (.549), and ties for lead in hits (197).
- Bill Nicholson leads the National League in runs (116), runs produced (205), and total bases (317).
- Snuffy Stirnweiss tops American League in runs (125) and ties for lead in triples (16).
- The Cards lead the majors in batting (.275), runs (772), homers (100), fielding (.982), and ERA (2.68).
- Washington's George Myatt goes 6-for-6 on May 1.
- Washington's Stan Spence goes 6-for-6 on June 1.
- The Browns' pennant-clinching game is hurled by Sig Jakucki -- he had been out of majors since 1936.
- The Carpenter family assumes ownership of the Phillies.
- On August 29, the Braves' Damon Phillips becomes the first third baseman since 1890 to make 11 assists in a nine-inning game.
- Hal Gregg of Brooklyn is first pitcher in major league history to fail to finish as many as 25 starts in a season.
Bobby Doerr (above)
and Bob Johnson both
slug .528 in 1944.
- The Senators finish last but only 25 games out of first -- an American League record for closest margin between first place and last.
- Ed Heusser of Cincinnati leads the National League in ERA (2.38).
- Pirate Johnny Barrett leads the National League in steals (28) and triples (19).
- Yankee Johnny Lindell ties Snuffy Stirnweiss for the American League lead in triples (16) and edges him for league lead in total bases (297-296).
- Red Sox Bob Johnson leads the American League in OBP (.431) and runs produced (195).
- Bob Johnson is edged by teammate Bobby Doerr for the SA lead, as both slug .528.
- The Browns shortstop Vern Stephens leads the American League in RBI (109).
- Dick Wakefield returns from the armed forces and hits .355 for the Tigers, almost carrying them to the pennant.
- Stan Spence hits 18 of Washington's 33 home runs.
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- 1943 Baseball Season
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- Baseball History
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- How the Baseball Hall of Fame Works
- How Minor League Baseball Teams Work
- Babe Ruth