With the Braves and Cardinals in 1945, Barrett led the NL in wins (23), complete
games (24), innings pitched (284.2), and most hits allowed (287). On August 10, 1944,
he threw just 58 pitches in defeating the Reds, 2-0. In 1947, Pirate slugger Ralph
Kiner had hit seven homers in three games and faced Barrett the next day. "Barrett
predicted that I wouldn't hit one off him," recalled Kiner. "I did, which made it
eight homers in four games."
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»August 10, 1944:
Red Barrett of the Boston Braves throws only 58 pitches and shuts out the Cincinnati Reds 2-0. This is the major-league record for fewest pitches in a nine-inning game. The game takes one hour, 15 minutes, the shortest night game ever.
»May 23, 1945: Mort Cooper is traded by the Cardinals to the Braves. The three-time 20-game winner has twice jumped the club in a salary hassle. Threatening to run out again unless his contract is increased from $12,000 to $15,000, Cooper is swapped by owner Sam Breadon to the newly affluent Braves for Red Barrett and $60,000 cash. Cooper will develop arm trouble while Barrett, 9–16 in 1944, will win 21 games for the Cards this season.
»May 30, 1947: In the first of two, Earl Torgeson of the Braves does not record a single putout at 1B, a record of idleness shared in the National League by Rip Collins (twice) and Dolf Camilli of the Phillies in 1937. Later Gary Thomasson and Len Matuszek will have zero putouts in a full game at 1B. Torgy does have one chance, but muffs a popup. Torgeson scores a pair as Warren Spahn wins his 8th in a row, 6–3. Red Barrett then shuts out the Dodgers in game 2, 3–0, dropping Brooklyn to 4th place. The Braves pull off a double steal in each game, and each time it is Stanky's high throw to the plate that allows it. Boston is now in 3rd place, a game behind the Giants.
»September 25, 1947:
Giants rookie Larry Jansen wins his 21st game of
the season, beating the Braves Red Barrett 2-1.
It is Jansen's 10th win in a row, all complete games.