1945 Opening Day Finally Arrives
       Almost 10,000 fans show up at League Park on the last Sunday of May, 1945, for the Opening Day 
double-header against the Memphis Red Sox.  Led by Catcher-Manager Quincy Trouppe (pictured), the 
Buckeyes won both games by scores of 3-1 and 6-2.

       Avelino Canizares hit an inside the park home run in the first game to support the pitching of brothers, 
George and Willie Jefferson, who held the Red Sox to one run.

       The Buckeyes scored five runs in the first inning of the second game and pitcher Eugene Bremer only 
allowed two Red Sox runs in the 6th inning for a complete game win.

       The following Wednesday, May 30th, was the Decoration Day double-header.  (Now known as Memorial 
Day, Decoration Day was always celebrated on May 30th)  The Buckeyes trounced the Red Sox 14-2 in the 
first game.  In the second game, and down by two runs in the final inning and facing the Red Sox' All Star 
Pitcher, Verdel "Lefty" Mathis, Avelino Canizares singled home the tying runs from second and third with 
two outs to send the game into extra innings.  In the first extra inning, Archie Ware singled home Parnell 
Woods, who tripled with one out, to sweep the double-header.

Standings, End of May, 1945     

           Negro American League




           Cleveland Buckeyes 9 2 .818

           Kansas City Monarchs

9 4 .692
           Birmingham Black Barons 9 5 .643
           Memphis Red Sox 5


           Chicago American Giants 3 7 .300
           Indianapolis Cincinnati Clowns


   10   .231


        Batting Leaders


        Steele, Birm. .511
        Radcliffe, KC .462
        Canizares, Cle. .400
        Bell, Birm. .391
        Wilson, Birm. .386
        Lockett, Birm. .351
        Britton, Birm. .350
        Douglas, Chi. .344
        Ware, Cle. .341
        Bankhead, Mem .339 


        Pitching Leaders W L SO
        G.Jefferson, Cle. 3 0     16
        Bremer, Cle. 2 0       6
        LaMarque, KC 2 0     15
        Wylie, KC 2 0     11
        Markham, Birm. 2 0       7
        Locke, KC 2 0       7
        Newberry, Birm. 1 0       8
        H.Smith, KC 1 0       2
        Boone, Birm. 1 0       3
        Carswell, Cle. 1 0       7


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