1937 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

1937 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
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Date July 7, 1937
Venue Griffith Stadium
City Washington, D.C.
Managers
Attendance 31,391
First pitch President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Radio Mutual, CBS, NBC
Radio announcers Bob Elson, Tony Wakeman (Mutual)
France Laux, Bill Dyer, Arch McDonald (CBS)
Tom Manning, Warren Brown (NBC)

The 1937 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the fifth playing of the mid-summer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 7, 1937, at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C., the home of the Washington Senators of the American League. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 8–3.

The game, watched by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, is remembered because of a play in which Earl Averill of the Indians hit a ball that struck pitcher Dizzy Dean on the toe, breaking it. Complications of this injury shortened the career of the future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher.

Rosters

Players in italics have since been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Game

Umpires

PositionUmpireLeague
Home PlateBill McGowanAmerican
First BaseBabe PinelliNational
Second BaseJohn QuinnAmerican
Third BaseGeorge BarrNational

The umpires changed assignments in the middle of the fifth inning – McGowan and Barr swapped positions, also Pinelli and Quinn swapped positions.[2]

Starting lineups

National LeagueAmerican League
OrderPlayerTeamPositionOrderPlayerTeamPosition
1Paul WanerPiratesRF1Red RolfeYankees3B
2Billy HermanCubs2B2Charlie GehringerTigers2B
3Arky VaughanPirates3B3Joe DiMaggioYankeesRF
4Joe MedwickCardinalsLF4Lou GehrigYankees1B
5Frank DemareeCubsCF5Earl AverillIndiansCF
6Johnny MizeCardinals1B6Joe CroninRed SoxSS
7Gabby HartnettCubsC7Bill DickeyYankeesC
8Dick BartellGiantsSS8Sam WestBrownsLF
9Dizzy DeanCardinalsP9Lefty GroveRed SoxP

Game summary

Wednesday, July 7, 1937 1:30 pm (ET) at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C.
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WP: Lefty Gomez (1–0)   LP: Dizzy Dean (0–1)   Sv: Mel Harder (1)
Home runs:
NL: None
AL: Lou Gehrig (1)

References

  1. 1 2 Player declined or was unable to play.
  2. "American League 8, National League 3". Retrosheet. 7 Jul 1937. Retrieved 23 Oct 2016.
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