January 27, 1943: The Reds sell 36 year old Paul Derringer to the Cubs. Derringer ended his 10 year career in Cincinnati with 161 wins, third on the all-time Reds list (behind Will White and Eppa Rixey).
In his final season in 1945, at age 38, Derringer won 16 games for the pennant-winning Cubs, who faced Detroit in the World Series. Derringer did not fare as well against the Tigers in 1945 as he did in 1940. He had a 6.75 ERA in 5 1/3 innings. Derringer was 33-38 with the Cubs in his last three seasons.
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