1945 Championship Season - The Season Begins

         The Buckeyes start their season on May 6th in Birmingham.  They split the Sunday double-header with the Black Barons, winning the first game 4-0 behind the shutout pitching of Eugene Bremer and losing the second game 9-3 . 

            The following Sunday, the Buckeyes beat the Chicago American Giants 9-8 before 2,500 fans during the day and played that evening in Indianapolis against the American Giants before 5,000 fans and beating the American Giants 14-2.  Sam Jethroe hit a 3-run home run in the Dayton game and the Buckeyes scored 9 runs in the fifth inning in the game in Indianapolis.

            On May 20th, the Buckeyes once again beat the Chicago American Giants in Dayton by the score on 9-7 behind home runs by Jethroe and Canizares.  The Buckeyes finally come home to Cleveland for their double-header home opener on May 27th.  Going into that weekend, the Buckeyes are 4-1 and tied with Memphis and Kansas City for first place.

      Two of the Buckeyes pitchers with early season success are pictured here - Eugene Bremer (left) and George Jefferson.

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