Tuesday, July 9, 2013

July 9, 1940: The All Star Game Comes To Sportsman's Park

On July 9, 1940, the Cardinals hosted the All Star game at Sportsman's Park, it was the first time the Mid Summer Classic would be played at the ballpark. The National League toppled the Junior circuit with a 4-0 victory that was highlighted by a 3 run home run off the bat of Boston Bees outfielder Max West in the first inning. West was injured in the second inning after colliding with the wall in right, although he had to leave the game early he provided his squad with some all important runs as both teams would keep each other off the scoreboard until the eighth when the National Leaguers picked up another run with an rbi single by Giants catcher Harry Danning. Five National League pitchers combined for a three hit shutout over the best the American League had to offer, it was the first ever shutout in the history of the All Star game. The game returned to Sportsman's Park in 1948 and 1957.

Here's a list of the 17 Future Hall of Famers that were on the two all star rosters: Luke Appling, Lou Boudreau, Joe  DiMaggio, Bill Dickey, Leo Durocher, Bob Feller, Jimmie Foxx, Hank Greenberg, Billy Herman, Carl Hubbell, Ernie Lombardi, Joe Medwick,  Johnny Mize, Mel Ott, Arky Vaughn, Ted Williams, and Red Ruffing. Holy cow.

Here's the box score: http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/NLS/NLS194007090.shtml

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