1934 All-Star Game

The second All-Star game was held on July 10 at the New York Polo Grounds. Once again, the batting line-up featured some of the best hitters in baseball. This game however, belonged to a pitcher, Carl Hubbell. Although he started off poorly, he turned in perhaps one of the most spellbinding performances ever seen in baseball.

First, Charlie Gehringer led off with a single and moved to second on an outfield error. Then, Heinie Manush drew a walk bringing up Ruth, Gehrig and Foxx with two on, none out. It was a pitcher's worst nightmare. Hubbell accepted the challenge and began turning over his screwball with pinpoint precision. It was a delivery that was designed to break the backs of free swingers. Ruth was the first to fall after taking a called third strike and looking "decidedly puzzled," according to one account. Gehrig followed and went down swinging. Visibly frustrated, he apparently warned Foxx on his way back to the dugout, "You might as well cut. It won't get any higher." The advice didn't help; Foxx went down on strikes. In the second inning, Hubbell made it five in a row when he struck out Al Simmons and Joe Cronin.

If the first All-Star Game had showcased the game's best bats, than the second showcased one of the game's best arms proving that both offense and defense had a place in the Midsummer Classic.

"(Van) Mungo and I get along fine. I just tell him I won't stand for no nonsense, and then I duck. - Casey Stengel
1934 All-Star Game

1934 All-Star Game Program
1934 All-Star Game Program

The 1934 Midsummer Classic At-A-Glance

Game Number

2

Date / Box Score

Location

Attendance ( Rank )

48,363

Not Awarded Until 1962

Starting Pitchers

Managers

Coaches

1934 All-Star Game

1934 All-Star Game

Line Score | Box Score

League

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
R
H
E

American

0
0
0
2
6
1
0
0
0
9
14
1

National

1
0
3
0
3
0
0
0
0
7
8
1
None
-

1934 All-Star Game

American League All-Star Squad

Earl Averill Cleveland Indians OF

Tommy Bridges Detroit Tigers P Did Not Pitch

Ben Chapman New York Yankees OF

Mickey Cochrane Detroit Tigers C

7.

Joe Cronin Washington Senators SS

8.

Bill Dickey New York Yankees C

Jimmy Dykes Chicago White Sox 3B Did Not Play

Rick Ferrell Boston Red Sox C Did Not Play

5.

Jimmie Foxx Philadelphia Athletics 3B

4.

Lou Gehrig New York Yankees 1B

1.

Charlie Gehringer Detroit Tigers 2B

9.

Lefty Gomez

New York Yankees P Starting Pitcher

Mel Harder

Cleveland Indians P

Pinky Higgins Philadelphia Athletics 3B Did Not Play

2.

Heinie Manush Washington Senators OF

Red Ruffing

New York Yankees P

Jack Russell Washington Senators P Did Not Pitch

3.

Babe Ruth New York Yankees OF

6.

Al Simmons Chicago White Sox OF

Sam West St. Louis Browns OF

BOLD = Fan's / manager's choice to start the game.

1934 All-Star Game

National League All-Star Squad

5.

Wally Berger Boston Braves OF

4.

Kiki Cuyler Chicago Cubs OF Replaced - Moore

Dizzy Dean St. Louis Cardinals P

Fred Frankhouse Boston Braves P

1.

Frankie Frisch St. Louis Cardinals 2B

8.

Gabby Hartnett Chicago Cubs C

Billy Herman Chicago Cubs 2B

9.

Carl Hubbell New York Giants P Starting Pitcher

7.

Travis Jackson New York Giants SS

Chuck Klein Chicago Cubs OF

Al Lopez Brooklyn Dodgers C

Pepper Martin St. Louis Cardinals 3B

3.

Joe Medwick St. Louis Cardinals OF

Jo-Jo Moore New York Giants OF Replaced - Injury

Van Mungo Brooklyn Dodgers P

Mel Ott New York Giants OF

6.

Bill Terry New York Giants 1B

2.

Pie Traynor Pittsburgh Pirates 3B

Arky Vaughan Pittsburgh Pirates SS

Paul Waner Pittsburh Pirates OF

Lon Warneke Chicago Cubs P

BOLD = Fan's / manager's choice to start the game.



Carl Hubbell allowed two on during the first inning then struck out Babe Ruth , Lou Gehrig , and Jimmie Foxx in succession to hold the junior circuit scoreless.

The hero of the game? Earl Averill who pinch-hit in the fourth inning and knocked a triple scoring two runs. In the fifth inning, he responded again with two additional runs batted in on a hard hit double.

Did you know that during the fifth inning Pie Traynor stole home during a double steal with Mel Ott ? The home plate theft was the first and only in All-Star history.

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