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.
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. Previous Page Second Half Begins