While they didn’t know it at the time, the White Sox played a part in the Cubs’ loss to the Detroit Tigers in the 1945 World Series.
And the man responsible was Skeeter Webb, who was acquired by the Sox from Cleveland on this date in 1940.
The Sox dealt Webb to Detroit on Dec. 12, 1944.
While he hit only .199 for the American League champion Tigers in ’45, Webb did do some damage against the Cubs in what turned out to be the franchise’s last World Series appearance prior to this one … 71 years ago.
Webb ignited the Tigers’ five-run first in Game 7 at Wrigley Field with a single. He later scored the first run of the frame as the Tigers never looked back and clinched the crown with a 9-3 win.
As for the man acquired for Webb, Joe Orengo, he was just 1-for-15 in his only 17 games for the Sox in 1945 but who really cares, right? This deal got the job done.
We salute you, Skeeter Webb, for dooming the Cubs in the 1945 World Series!