1944 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

1944 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
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Date July 11, 1944
Venue Forbes Field
City Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Attendance 29,589
Radio Mutual
Radio announcers Don Dunphy, Bill Slater and Bill Corum

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.

The game resulted in the National League defeating the American League 7–1.[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.[2]

Pirates in the game

The Pirates hosted the game and were well-represented. Pirates pitcher Rip Sewell, infielder Bob Elliott, and outfielder Vince DiMaggio were selected for the National League All-Star squad.

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.[3]

Starting lineups

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

American League

National League


Home PlateGeorge BarrNational
First BaseCharlie BerryAmerican
Second BaseZiggy SearsNational
Third BaseCal HubbardAmerican

The umpires changed assignments in the middle of the fifth inning – Barr and Hubbard swapped positions, also Berry and Sears swapped positions.[4]


Tuesday, July 11, 1944 9:00 pm (ET) at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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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.


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