BUCKEYES CLINCH FIRST HALF

    The last Sunday of June, 1945 saw the Buckeyes go to Comiskey Park to play the Chicago American Giants. Unlike the previous weekend games in Cleveland, the Buckeyes outscored the American Giants 27-3 in the double dipper.

    The first game went to the Buckeyes 17-2 and Sammy Jethroe was Cleveland's hitting star going 3 for 5 in the first game. The Buckeyes batted around in the 8th inning scoring 8 runs.

    Sammy Jethroe went 4 for 4 in the second game including an inside the park home run in the first inning. In a seven inning game, the Buckeyes beat the American Giants 10-1.

     Below are the final statistics for the first half of the 1945 season. As you can see Buckeyes players dominated the list of league leaders.  As was custom in both major leagues, the Runs Batted In statistic was not as important at the time as Runs scored. Also, if you look in the hitting leaders column, you notice Jackie Robinson's name. This was his only year in the Negro Leagues. 

 
W
L
Pct.
Cleveland Buckeyes
27
9
.750
Birmingham Black Barons
24
11
.686
Kansas City Monarchs
16
11
.593
Chicago American Giants
17
22
.436

Indianapolis-Cincinnati Clowns

12
26
.316
Memphis Red Sox
12
29
.293
     Sammy Jethroe, who led the league with 56 
hits,also led the league with 84 total bases.
    Both Jethroe and teammate Quincey Trouppe
 led the league with 6 triples each.
    Sammy Jethroe also tied for the league lead
 in Home Runs with four.
    Archie Ware of Cleveland led the league in
R.B.I.s with 30.
    Parnell Woods of Cleveland led the league in
stolen bases with 13.







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Second Half Begins
 
First Half Hitting Leaders
Pos
G
AB
R
H
Ave.
G.Jefferson, Cleveland
P
10
30
6
13
.433
Steele, Birmingham
OF
36
121
30
50
.413
Jethroe, Cleveland
OF
36
140
31
56
.400
Armour, Cleveland
OF
28
97
22
36
.371
Davenport, Cleveland
OF
34
141
25
52
.369
Wilson, Birmingham
SS
34
128
34
45
.352
J. Robinson, Kansas City
SS
28
100
25
35
.350
Pennington, Chicago
2B
38
127
26
44
.346
Moody, Kansas City
1B
28
113
16
39
.345
Canizares, Cleveland
SS
35
151
36
52
.344

 

First Half Pitching Leaders
W-L
H
R
BB
SO
G.Jefferson, Cleveland
7-1
66
18
28
28
W.Jefferson, Cleveland
7-1
42
15
7
37
Mathis, Memphis
7-6
94
39
22
59
Huber, Birmingham
5-2
46
16
11
22
Bremer, Cleveland
5-3
53
25
11
17
LaMarque, Kansas City
4-0
37
25
10
24
Carswell, Cleveland
4-1
41
14
11
23
Newberry, Birmingham
4-2
64
23
23
28
Markham, Birmingham
4-2
31
17
7
18
McCoy, Chicago
4-4
47
38
28
52