1944 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
The 1944 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 12th playing of the "Midsummer Classic" between Major League Baseball's American League (AL) and National League (NL) All-Star teams. The All-Star Game was held on July 11, 1944 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the home of the NL's Pittsburgh Pirates.
|Date||July 11, 1944|
|Radio announcers||Don Dunphy, Bill Slater and Bill Corum|
The game resulted in the National League defeating the American League 7–1.
Played during World War II, receipts from the game were distributed to a fund that provided baseball equipment to members of the armed services.
Pirates in the gameEdit
Pirates pitchers Max Butcher and Cookie Cuccurullo were named the NL's batting practice pitchers and Pirates catcher Spud Davis was the NL's batting practice catcher. Honus Wagner was named an honorary coach, the first time this honor was bestowed in Major League Baseball's All-Star Game.
Players in italics have since been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
- Thurman Tucker, cf
- Stan Spence, rf
- George McQuinn, 1b
- Vern Stephens, ss
- Bob Johnson, lf
- Ken Keltner, 3b
- Bobby Doerr, 2b
- Rollie Hemsley, c
- Hank Borowy, p
- Augie Galan, lf
- Phil Cavarretta, 1b
- Stan Musial, cf
- Walker Cooper, c
- Dixie Walker, rf
- Bob Elliott, 3b
- Connie Ryan, 2b
- Marty Marion, ss
- Bucky Walters, p
|Home Plate||George Barr||National|
|First Base||Charlie Berry||American|
|Second Base||Ziggy Sears||National|
|Third Base||Cal Hubbard||American|
The umpires changed assignments in the middle of the fifth inning – Barr and Hubbard swapped positions, also Berry and Sears swapped positions.
|WP: Ken Raffensberger (1–0) LP: Tex Hughson (0–1) Sv: Jim Tobin (1)|
The American League scored in the second inning on a single by Hank Borowy, its pitcher, but never scored again. The National League got four runs in the fifth inning, led by Bill Nicholson's pinch-hit double. Whitey Kurowski knocked in two more runs with a double in the seventh. A sacrifice fly by Stan Musial in the eighth inning closed out the scoring. Ken Raffensberger was the winning pitcher for the Nationals.
- Roscoe McGowen (July 12, 1944). "NATIONAL ANNEXES ALL-STAR GAME, 7–1; Victory Margin Record Is Set for 12-Year-Old Series as American Loop Is Routed". New York Times. p. 14.
- "All Reserved Seats Sold For All-Star Game Here". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. July 8, 1944. p. 8.
- Louis Effrat (July 4, 1944). "National League Managers Pick 6 Cardinals for All-Star Squad; Munger and Lanier Lead Hurlers, With Walters of Reds – Musial, Walker of Brooks and Nicholson Top Hitters". New York Times. p. 23.
- "National League 7, American League 1". Retrosheet. July 11, 1944. Retrieved October 22, 2016.