1944 Leaders & Numbers

Stan Musial kept his power to a minimum—his 12 homers were the fewest he ever hit outside of his rookie year—but continued overall maximum damage on pitchers. Allergies are what kept Snuffy Stirnweiss from being swooped up by the military, and they’re also what made him one of the AL’s premier hitters for the duration of the war. The growing lack of opposing talent helped give Bob Johnson a bump back to the top at age 38. Bill Nicholson became the only player outside of Mike Schmidt to lead the NL in both homers and RBIs over consecutive seasons. A myriad of past injuries from head to toe made Dixie Walker ineligible for military service, but quite eligible for the NL batting title. Lou Boudreau, already a defensive star with five straight years leading AL shortstops in fielding, proved his worth at the plate by garnering the AL batting crown. The dominance of Tiger pitchers Hal Newhouser and Dizzy Trout were reflected in their 1-2 placement in AL MVP voting. Mort Cooper verified his standing as the NL’s wartime ace—but somehow got passed up for the All-Star Game. It seemed like old times for Bucky Walters, who revived to the ace form he displayed in the Reds’ brief NL dynasty of 1939-40. The ever-nomadic Bobo Newsom managed to stay put for a whole year and found his groove back, though it didn’t translate to a winning year with the lackluster A’s. Ted Wilks began the season ready to serve the military, then found out he was 4F—and rushed to St. Louis where he became a rookie Cardinal sensation.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1944
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB GD
1. Stan Musial St. Louis 146 .347 568 112 197 51 14 12 94 90 5 7 7
2. Bill Nicholson Chicago 156 .287 582 116 167 35 8 33 122 93 6 3 3
3. Dixie Walker Brooklyn 147 .357 535 77 191 37 8 13 91 72 1 6 6
4. Augie Galan Brooklyn 151 .318 547 96 174 43 9 12 93 101 2 4 8
5. Johnny Hopp St. Louis 139 .336 527 106 177 35 9 11 72 58 2 15 6
6. Mel Ott New York 120 .288 399 91 115 16 4 26 82 90 3 2 3
7. Bob Elliott Pittsburgh 143 .297 538 85 160 28 16 10 108 75 0 9 8
8. Phil Caverretta Chicago 152 .321 614 106 197 35 15 5 82 67 3 4 10
9. Jim Russell Pittsburgh 152 .312 580 109 181 34 14 8 66 79 5 6 8
10. Johnny Barrett Pittsburgh 149 .269 568 99 153 24 19 7 83 86 1 28 6
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1944
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB CS GD
1. Bob Johnson Boston 144 .324 525 106 170 40 8 17 106 95 4 2 7 14
2. Snuffy Stirnweiss New York 154 .319 643 125 205 35 16 8 43 73 1 55 11 6
3. Stan Spence Washington 153 .316 592 83 187 31 8 18 100 69 4 3 7 5
4. Bobby Doerr Boston 125 .325 468 95 152 30 10 15 81 58 0 5 2 8
5. Vern Stephens St. Louis 145 .293 559 91 164 32 1 20 109 62 1 2 2 3
6. Johnny Lindell New York 149 .300 594 91 178 33 16 18 103 44 3 5 4 16
7. Nick Etten New York 154 .293 573 88 168 25 4 22 91 97 4 4 2 14
8. Lou Boudreau Cleveland 150 .327 584 91 191 45 5 3 67 73 5 11 3 10
9. Roy Cullenbine Cleveland 154 .284 571 98 162 34 5 16 80 87 2 4 4 11
10. Ken Keltner Cleveland 149 .295 574 74 169 41 9 13 91 53 0 4 3 23
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1944
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Mort Cooper St. Louis 2.46 22 7 .759 1 34 33 252.1 245 69 60 0 5 1
2. Bucky Walters Cincinnati 2.40 23 8 .742 1 34 32 285 263 76 87 2 4 0
3. Ted Wilks St. Louis 2.64 17 4 .810 0 36 21 207.2 209 61 49 1 1 0
4. Max Lanier St. Louis 2.65 17 12 .586 0 33 30 224.1 207 66 71 0 3 0
5. Ed Heusser Cincinnati 2.38 13 11 .542 2 30 23 192.2 192 51 42 1 1 0
6. Rip Sewell Pittsburgh 3.18 21 12 .636 2 38 33 286 308 101 99 1 3 1
7. Bill Voiselle New York 3.02 21 16 .568 0 43 41 312.2 369 105 118 7 4 0
8. Jim Tobin Boston 3.01 18 19 .486 3 43 36 299.1 325 100 97 5 1 1
9. Arnold Carter Cincinnati 2.60 11 7 .611 3 33 18 148.2 146 43 40 1 3 0
10. Nick Strincevich Pittsburgh 3.08 14 7 .667 2 40 26 190 205 65 37 0 4 0
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1944
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Dizzy Trout Detroit 2.12 27 14 .659 0 49 40 352.1 341 83 83 2 4 0
2. Tex Hughson Boston 2.26 18 5 .783 5 28 23 203.1 184 51 41 0 2 1
3. Hal Newhouser Detroit 2.22 29 9 .763 2 47 34 312.1 282 77 102 4 1 2
4. Jack Kramer St. Louis 2.49 17 13 .567 0 33 31 257 242 71 75 2 1 2
5. Nels Potter St. Louis 2.83 19 7 .731 0 32 29 233 229 73 70 4 1 1
6. Steve Gromek Cleveland 2.56 10 9 .526 1 35 21 203.2 175 58 70 2 3 0
7. Johnny Niggeling Washington 2.32 10 8 .556 0 24 24 206 179 53 88 5 4 0
8. Hank Borowy New York 2.64 17 12 .586 2 35 30 252.2 269 74 88 5 0 0
9. Joe Haynes Chicago 2.57 5 6 .455 2 33 12 154.1 163 44 43 2 0 0
10. Bobo Newsom Philadelphia 2.82 13 15 .464 1 37 33 265 276 83 82 8 4 0

Brown type indicates league leader.
Notes: Walks (BB) do not include intentional walks (IB). For pitchers, caught stealing (CS) also includes pickoffs.
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1944 Awards


NL MVP
Marty Marion, St. Louis

AL MVP
Hal Newhouser, Detroit