Claude Passeau

Claude Passeau
Birthdate 9/9/1909
Death Date 8/30/2003
Debut Year 1935
Year of Induction
Teams Cubs, Phillies, Pirates
Position Pitcher

Four-time All Star Claude Passeau twirled a one-hitter in Game 3 of the 1945 World Series; the Cubs waited 71 years for a Fall Classic return.

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From 1940-1946, Claude Passeau's ERA was 2.82; he averaged more than 15.5 wins per year

From 1940-1946, Claude Passeau's ERA was 2.82; he averaged more than 15.5 wins per year

A natural athlete at 6’3″, Claude Passeau earned 12 varsity letters in football, basketball, baseball, and track in field at Millsaps State in Mississippi. After college he threw his first professional pitch in the low minors at age 23. Unpolished because of his lack of pitching experien
Claude Passeau led the AL with a 1.000 fielding percentage 5 times including every year from 1942-45

Claude Passeau led the AL with a 1.000 fielding percentage 5 times including every year from 1942-45

In addition to being an All Star pitcher, Claude Passeau was a fine fielder and a decent-hitting pitcher. With the leather he had five errorless seasons, including four in a row from 1941-1945. Most pitchers post a negative career offensive WAR. Passeau’s 1.8 oWAR mark means overall he was a p

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