Claude Passeau

Passeau was a competitive righthander, not averse to throwing close to batters. After three seasons with the cellar-dwelling Phillies, he was traded to the Cubs in mid-1939. He was 20-13 for Chicago in 1940 and won 19 in 1942 and 17 for the 1945 pennant winners. In Game Three of the WS, he hurled a one-hit shutout against the Tigers. Unlike most players, Passeau had no qualms about wearing 13 as his uniform number. He once said: “That’s my lucky number. My auto tag is 13. The serial on my rifle is 13. The last two digits on my life insurance are 13, and my address is 113 London Street.” He also spent 13 years in the majors, and his name is 13 letters long.