A 3-7 pitcher in his first ML stint from 1933-35, silver-haired Pop Prim resurfaced
at age 36 with the 1943 wartime Cubs. In 1945 his 13-8 (2.40) record helped the Cubs
win the pennant.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»May 30, 1945: Before the biggest Wrigley crowd—42,565 paid—in seven years, the Giants top the host Cubs, 8–6 in the opener, and Mel Ott passes Honus Wagner's career total of 4,888 total bases to set an National League record. Wagner's has since been adjusted to 4868 and both players' totals have been passed. Slim Emmerich is the winner over Ray Prim. The Cubs take the nitecap, 11–2 behind Bob Chipman's 3-hit win over Bill Voiselle. Andy Pafko clouts a 3-run homer in the 3rd. It's Voiselle's 2nd straight pounding after winning his first eight games.
»May 9, 1946:
At Chicago, Braves first sacker Johnny Hopp swipes home in the 12th to break a 2–2 tie with the Cubs. Boston scores twice more to win, 5–2, with Lefty Wallace taking the decision over Ray Prim.