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The Last Ball of the 1945 World Series

Between 1876 and 1945, the Cubs won the National League pennant 16 times. Since then, they've only won two divisional titles. Their last World Series appearance was played against the Detroit Tigers in 1945, which was a seven-game affair that the Tigers won. Roy Hughes, the Cubs' shortstop, was on first base with two outs in the 9th inning of the Game 7 when he was forced out at 2nd base, which ended the game and the series. The ball that forced Hughes out was then tossed onto the field by Detroit's 2nd baseman, Eddie Mayo, and picked up by Hughes. This is that ball.

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According to this letter, the ball was originally donated in the 1960s by Roy Hughes to the Cy Young Museum.

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See a video of the July, 2006 day when I went to Wrigley Field and touched this ball to Wrigley's original home plate.