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Ex-Baseball All-Star Passeau Dies at 94

August 30, 2003

LUCEDALE, Miss. (AP) _ Claude Passeau, who pitched a one-hitter for the Chicago Cubs in the 1945 World Series, died Saturday. He was 94.

Passeau’s grandson Casey said his grandfather never fully recovered after breaking his hip about six weeks ago.

He pitched a one-hit shutout against Detroit in Game 3 of the 1945 World Series, a game the Cubs won 3-0. Detroit won the series in seven games, and the Cubs have not reached the Fall Classic since.

``It was one of the easiest games I ever pitched,″ Passeau told The Associated Press in a 1997 interview. ``I only pitched to 28 batters. Every time I threw the ball, they swung at it. I walked one and had one get a hit.″

Passeau played 13 seasons in the major leagues, eight with the Cubs. He won 162 games for Pittsburgh (1935), the Philadelphia Phillies (1936-39) and Chicago (1939-47).

Passeau won 20 games and had the National League’s second-lowest ERA in 1940. He was a National League All-Star starter in 1946 and an All-Star selection in 1941, 1942 and 1945.

When he retired from baseball in the late 1940s, Passeau and his family moved to Lucedale, where he started a farm equipment dealership.

``He didn’t care how many strikeouts a pitcher had, he was only worried could they finish the game,″ Casey Passeau said. ``That was like his life, too. He lived 94 years and he wouldn’t give up. He told me he wanted to fight it all the way. He didn’t want to be taken out.″

Passeau was inducted into Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1964 and was its oldest member.

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