The Baltimore Orioles franchise traces its origin back to 1885, as a charter member of the old Western League named the Milwaukee Brewers. In 1899 the high level minor league organization changed names from the Western League to the American League and soon after declared itself a Major League in 1901, with the Milwaukee team one of the few originals still on board. A year later the perennial also-ran Brewers were relocated to St. Louis in 1902 as the Browns, where the losing ways continued practically uninterrupted until the move to Baltimore paved the way for a great period of success in the 1960s-1970s. The one pre-1960s bright spot through all this came in 1944, when the Browns captured their only AL pennant.
This shining moment is memorialized with the offered 1945 St. Louis Browns commemorative program. This celebratory publication is titled on the front with "Champions American League 1944". The first page honors two recently deceased period figures of great import, with photos of FDR and Kenesaw Mountain Landis above a box labeled "Souvenir" with "Raising of the first American League Pennant won by the St. Louis Browns. Browns vs. Cleveland...May 1, 1945". Formatted with an interesting die cut format to resemble a waving pennant, this scarce program remains in spectacular condition with just typical spine cracks and moderate wear on the points, to rate as (EX). Otherwise this sporty WWII era survivor comes up big with clean covers showing nice gloss and bright supple pages with player photos throughout, pretty much making it the equivalent of a yearbook.