This Week in 1945 (September 27–October 3)
This week (Sept 27-Oct 3) during the last year the Cubs went to the World Series (before 2016)…
*The Chicago Tribune reports the good news this way: AFTER SEVEN YEARS, CHICAGO HAS A CHAMPION AGAIN! The Cubs will meet the American league champions for the world title starting Wednesday, in Detroit. The Chicago portion of the series will open in Wrigley field on Saturday.
*Tigers Whoop It Up After Taking Flag. The bedraggled Detroit Tigers filed into their locker room out of the rain and fog with their seventh American league championship, and ceremoniously hailed Hank Greenberg for his pennant winning grand slam home run.
*In Las Vegas, betting brokers pick the Tigers to win the series.
World War II
*Arthur C. Clarke puts forward the idea of a communications satellite in a Wireless World magazine article.
*Heavyweight champ Joe Louis is discharged from the army.
*The Tribune Tower is illumined for the first time since the war.
*The Chicago Bears lose their opening game of the season to the Green Bay Packers 31-21.
*PRICE CHECK: Canada Dry Carbonated Water is 15 cents.
In Pop Culture
*“Tampico” by Stan Kenton and his orchestra with June Christy is one of the big hits of the year.
*Brideshead Revisited” by Evelyn Waugh is published.
*Chicagoan Tom Bosley turns 18 while serving in the US Navy. He is a big Cubs fan and is following them from afar.
*Rod Carew (Panama) and Donnie Hathaway (Chicago) are born this week. Meanwhile two future music giants are little boys. Don Cornelius turns 4 and Randy Bachman is 2.
*Walter Matthau turns 25. He is serving in the military, and is stationed in England.
*James Whitmore celebrates his 24th birthday. Whitmore is an officer in the United States Marine Corp.
Cub of the week: HEINZ BECKER
Becker had problems with his feet during his playing career, which is how he got the nickname Bunions. Born in Berlin, Germany in the midst of World War I, Becker got his chance to play in the big leagues because so many players were World War II draftees. Bunions spent most of his short career as a back up, but he did help the Cubs win the National League Pennant in 1945. He’ll also pinch hit three times in the World Series. He’ll strike out once, walk once, and single once. The Cubs will trade him to the Indians next season.