This Week in 1945 (May 31–June 6)
This week (May 31-June 6) during the last year the Cubs went to the World Series (before 2016)…
World War II
*The Allies capture Nazi loot and criminals…
*The U.S., Russia, England and France agree to split occupied Germany.
*The Allied Control Council, military occupation governing body of Germany, formally takes power.
*The second tallest building in town is the Chicago Temple Building (photo) at 77 West Washington Street. It was Chicago’s tallest building between 1924-1930, and remains the tallest church building in the world (although not the tallest church, and is now only the 55th tallest building in Chicago.)
*It’s unseasonably cold in Chicago. At night the temperatures are in the 40s. It feels more like April than June.
*PRICE CHECK: Pork Roast is 39 Cents per pound, and Porterhouse Steak costs 69 cents per pound.
*Cubs pitcher Jorge Comellas goes inexplicably AWOL, so the team options him to the minors.
*The Cubs enter June in 5th place, six and a half games behind the first place NY Giants.
In Pop Culture
*Back to Bataan premieres, starring John Wayne and Anthony Quinn. (Watch Trailer here.)
*Dennis Weaver celebrates his 21st birthday in the Navy too. He’s a pilot.
*Andy Griffith turns 19 on the same day as Marilyn. He is not posing for the troops. He’s a college student at the University of North Carolina.
*A few youngsters celebrate their birthdays this week too: 1-year-old Marvin Hamlisch in New York, 2-year old Joe Namath in Pennsylvania, 4-year-old Charlie Watts in London, 8-year-old Pat Boone in Nashville, and teenager Clint Eastwood (15) in Piedmont, California.
*Moe Howard turns 48. He has just produced his two favorite Three Stooges films, “You Natzy Spy” and “I’ll Never Heil Again.” Both were rare political commentary from the wacky Stooges, inspired in part, by their Jewish heritage. Howard’s real last name is Horowitz.
Cub of the week
LON WARNEKE, known as the Arkansas Hummingbird, is training, getting his arm in shape for one last stint in the majors. He was a key member of the Cubs pitching rotation during the pennant winning seasons of 1932 and 1935 (he won two games in that World Series), but was traded to the Cardinals in 1936. His second Cubs stint began in 1942 and lasted through the 1943 season. His story is a common one during the war years–many ex-players saw an opportunity to return when so many players were in the military. Warneke did the same thing in 1945. He will pitch in nine games for the Cubs in September before officially calling it quits. After his playing career is over, he becomes a major league umpire.