September 15, 2003 by

Claude Passeau


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Claude William Passeau, a professional pitcher who could throw a 95 mph fastball, died on Aug. 30. Cause of death was not released. He was 94.
Passeau played 13 seasons in the major leagues, one with the Pittsburgh Pirates, four with the Philadelphia Phillies and eight with the Chicago Cubs. He was best known for his pitching prowess against the Detroit Tigers. In game three of the 1945 World Series, Passeau pitched a one-hitter for the Cubs.
“It was one of the easiest games I ever pitched. I only pitched to 28 batters. Every time I threw the ball, they swung at it,” Passeau once said. The Cubs eventually lost the series in seven games to the Tigers.
After he retired from professional baseball, Passeau moved to Mississippi to sell farm equipment. He was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1964.
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2 Responses to Claude Passeau

  1. James V. Lucas

    I have a tribute to make to Claude Passeau. I grew up in Lucedale, MS. I remember Claude Passeau when he was elected Sheriff of George Co. in Lucedale, MS. I don’t remember which years he served as Sheriff of George Co. I just remember he was sheriff and everyone talked about the fact that he had been a major league baseball player in his earlier years.
    I don’t remember anyone writing about this particular part of Claude’s life (the fact that he was in law enforement) so I thought I would write this short account of that fact.

  2. Ernie Smith

    Claude W. Passeau is in my familytree from Mississippi. His grandmother Ellen L. Riggles was a sister to my great aunt Mary Jane Smiths husband Thomas Henry Armstrong Riggles.
    My parents grew up in Pascagoula,MS
    Great tribute.
    Ernie Smith

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