Claude Passeau

Claude PasseauClaude Passeau

Born:April 9, 1909

Died: August 30, 2003

Chicago Cubs (1939-1947)

  • Career 124-94 record with Cubs and a 2.96 ERA
  • Pitched 16 2/3 solid innings in 1945 World Series including a 1-hit shutout
  • 5-time All-Star (1941-1943, 1945-1946)
  • Led the NL in strikeouts in 1939
  • Top Ten-ERA 5 times (1939-1940, 1942, 1944-1945)
  • Top Ten-Wins 7 times (1937, 1939-1943, 1945)
  • Top Ten-Strikeouts 8 times (1937-1940, 1942-1945)

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Claude Passeau collected 33.0 WAR as a Cubs pitcher.  This is 9th best in Cubs history.

Here is the top ten:

Name                              W        L     SV    G    GS         IP       ERA     FIP   WAR   Win %
Fergie Jenkins         160  124     1  337 335 2485      3.19   3.02     51.9    56.3
Rick Reuschel          132  127     0  346 343 2272      3.50   3.14     47.4    51.0
Bob Rush                    110  140     7  339 292 2132.2  3.71   3.46    39.5    44.0
Greg Maddux          133  111     0  298 298 2008.2  3.59   3.51     36.3    54.5
Charley Root           188  139   30 492 316 2791      3.56   3.79     36.1    57.5
Hippo Vaughn         151  105     4  305 270 2216.1  2.33   2.53     35.0    59.0
Mordecai Brown   155    64    38 290 194 1867.2  1.74   2.08     34.8    70.8
Pete Alexander      128    83    10 242 223 1884.1  2.84   3.16     33.7    60.7
Claude Passeau     124    94    15 292 234 1914.2  2.96   3.08     33.0    56.9
Carlos Zambrano 124    79      0 282   282 1791     3.57   3.97     30.2    61.1

Passeau had 6 seasons with a 3.5 WAR or better.  Here are the seasons with all-time Cubs history rank for season.

  • 17th best in Cubs history (1940, 6.0 WAR)
  • 36th best in Cubs history (1945, 5.1 WAR)
  • 49th best in Cubs history (1939, 4.7 WAR)
  • 80th best in Cubs history (1944, 4.2 WAR)
  • 109th best in Cubs history (1941, 3.8 WAR)
  • 117th best in Cubs history (1942, 3.7 WAR)
  • 139th best in Cubs history (1943, 3.5 WAR)



June 24, 1940
Cubs score five times in the 13th to beat the Dodgers, 8 - 3. Claude Passeau
pitches four innings of relief for the win.

September 23, 1940
Claude Passeau wins his 20th game of the season in a 10-0 Cubs victory over
the Cardinals.


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April 15 1941 Home opener (season)
At Wrigley Field, the Cubs defeat the Pirates 7-4.  Bill Nicholson's 3-run home run is the big hit and Claude Passeau pitches a complete game. 

May 19, 1941
The Cubs score 9 runs in the 2nd inning as pitcher, Claude Passeau hits a Grand Slam & Bill Nicholson hits a home run. Passeau pitches a complete game to earn the victory, giving up just 4 hits, 1 walk and 1 earned run as Cubs defeat the Dodgers 14-1 at Wrigley Field. 


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April 19, 1942
This may be one of the best examples of a hard luck loser as Claude Passeau
takes a no-hitter into the eight inning. In the ninth inning, the Reds score
an unearned run to tie the game 1-1 and send the game into extra innings. 

The game goes 14 innings and Passeau finishes all 14 innings, but gives up a
2nd Reds run in the top of the 14th inning and the Cubs lose 2-1.

The most amazing stat to me in this game is that the Reds committed 8 errors in this game, but not one of them helped result in a run scored for the Cubs.

Aug 23, 1942
At Wrigley Field, Claude Passeau scatters 9 Reds hits and records a complete game shutout as Cubs defeat Reds 3-0


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July 25, 1943
Cubs sweep Giants in doubleheader with 2 shutouts. Hi Bithorn in Game1 & Ed Hanyzeski/Claude Passeau in Game2.

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April 25, 1945
Claude Passeau hits a HR and pitches a shutout to beat the Reds 4-0 in Cincy.

June 3, 1945
Cubs defeat Braves 3-1 as Claude Passeau pitches a 2-hitter. 

August 11, 1945
Cubs pitcher, Claude Passeau takes a no-hitter two outs into the 8th inning until giving up a single to Phil Masi.  Passeau gives up one more hit in completing a 2-hit shutout in a 8-0 Cubs victory Braves Field in Boston.


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June 7, 1946
Claude Passeau pitches a 4-hit shutout and hits a 2 run walk-off HR in the bottom of the 9th to win game for the Cubs 2-0 at Wrigley.