1937 All-Star Game

There were many big stories surrounding the fourth All-Star game as America's favorite pastime was showcased in our nation's capital. President Franklin Roosevelt was in attendance and Lou Gehrig and Joe Medwick both had great outings at the plate.

However, the biggest story was an innocuous-looking play resulting in an infield out that ended the bottom of the third inning. It was a spectacular play that stole the show and it marked the beginning of the end of Dizzy Dean's spectacular career. Dean had become, with the retirement of Babe Ruth, baseball's most magnetic performer and its new biggest drawing card. With two out, Earl Averill cracked a low line drive that hit Dean directly on the foot. Averill was thrown out and Dean headed for the clubhouse, his three-inning stint over. In the clubhouse, it was discovered that Dean's toe was broken. Although it was considered a minor injury, Dean and the Cardinals management decided he would return to the mound before the toe was healed. The injury affected his delivery, eventually injured his arm and ended his glory days at the tender age of twenty-six.

Starting for the American League for the fourth time and winning his third game was Lefty Gomez. He held the National League to one hit over his three innings and was insured a win by a two-run homer in the third by Lou Gehrig. Yankees, in fact, dominated the entire game. Red Rolfe singled and tripled with two runs batted in, Joe DiMaggio singled before Gehrig's home run, Bill Dickey singled and doubled and finally, Gehrig added a double to his homer and drove in four runs.

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"He (Lou Gehrig) just went out and did his job every day." - Bill Dickey

1937 All-Star Game

1937 All-Star Game Program

1937 All-Star Game Official Program

Game Number
Date / Box Score
Attendance ( Rank )
1 st Pitch
President Franklin Roosevelt
Not Awarded Until 1962
Starting Pitchers

1937 All-Star Game

Line Score

League 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 3 13 0
American 0 0 2 3 1 2 0 0 x 8 13 2
Dizzy Dean (L)
Carl Hubbell (4th)
Cy Blanton (4th)
Lee Grissom (5th)
Van Mungo (6th)
Bucky Walters (8th)
Lefty Gomez (W)
Tommy Bridges (4th)
Mel Harder (7th)
None Lou Gehrig (3rd)

1937 All-Star Game

National League All-Star Squad

8. Dick Bartell New York Giants SS
Cy Blanton Pittsburgh Pirates P
Ripper Collins Chicago Cubs 1B
9. Dizzy Dean St. Louis Cardinals P Starting Pitcher
5. Frank Demaree Chicago Cubs OF
Lee Grissom Cincinnati Reds P
7. Gabby Hartnett Chicago Cubs C
2. Billy Herman Chicago Cubs 2B
Carl Hubbell New York Giants P
Billy Jurges Chicago Cubs SS Did Not Play
Ernie Lombardi Cincinnati Reds C Did Not Play
Gus Mancuso New York Giants C
Pepper Martin St. Louis Cardinals OF Did Not Play
4. Joe Medwick St. Louis Cardinals OF
6. Johnny Mize St. Louis Cardinals 1B
Gene Moore Boston Braves OF Did Not Play
Jo-Jo Moore New York Giants OF
Van Mungo Brooklyn Dodgers P
Mel Ott New York Giants OF
3. Arky Vaughan Pittsburgh Pirates 3B
Bucky Walters Philadelphia Phillies P
1. Paul Waner Pittsburgh Pirates OF
Burgess Whitehead New York Giants 2B
BOLD = Fan's / manager's choice to start the game.

1937 All-Star Game

American League All-Star Squad

5. Earl Averill Cleveland Indians OF
Beau Bell St. Louis Browns OF Did Not Play
Tommy Bridges Detroit Tigers P
Harlond Clift St. Louis Browns 3B Did Not Play
Doc Cramer Boston Red Sox OF Did Not Play
6. Joe Cronin Boston Red Sox SS
7. Bill Dickey New York Yankees C
3. Joe DiMaggio New York Yankees OF
Rick Ferrell Washington Senators C Did Not Play
Wes Ferrell Washington Senators P Did Not Pitch
Jimmie Foxx Boston Red Sox 1B
4. Lou Gehrig New York Yankees 1B
2. Charlie Gehringer Detroit Tigers 2B
9. Lefty Gomez New York Yankees P Starting Pitcher
Hank Greenberg Detroit Tigers 1B Did Not Play
Lefty Grove Boston Red Sox P Did Not Pitch
Mel Harder Cleveland Indians P
Wally Moses Philadelphia Athletics OF Did Not Play
Johnny Murphy New York Yankees P Replaced Stratton
Buddy Myer Washington Senators 2B Did Not Play
1. Red Rolfe New York Yankees 3B
Luke Sewell Chicago White Sox C Did Not Play
Monty Stratton Chicago White Sox P Replaced - Injury
Gee Walker Detroit Tigers OF Replaced - Injury
8. Sam West St. Louis Browns OF Replaced Walker

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

Game / Box Links: 1937 Box Score | 1937 Play-by-Play
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This was the fourth consecutive game in which Mel Harder had closed the American League door and his total through 1937 is a record thirteen shutout innings.

President Franklin Roosevelt was in attendance at the 1937 All-Star Game and became the first U.S. President to appear at an All-Star Game.

The Sporting News (1975) described the shot hit by Earl Averill off Dizzy Dean's foot as a line drive "with the force of a machine gun bullet."

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