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The surprising Browns put up a good fight in the 1944 World Series especially by the pitchers but were undone by poor defense. The St. Louis double canada goose outlet shop play combo of Don Gutteridge and Stephens made three errors apiece, as their team lost the Series in six.
A month after the 1944 World Series, 78 year old commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis died.
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