1939 All-Star Game

The All-Star game reached new levels when it came to "The House That Ruth Built" in 1939. As expected American League manager Joe McCarthy started six of his hometown Yankees and let his "position" starters go the distance. He started Red Ruffing for three innings, then brought in Tommy Bridges and closed out with rookie, twenty-year-old Bob Feller. It was a powerful combination as each pitcher competed for the greatest curveball.

Feller only gave up one hit in his 3 2/3 innings. Years later, he was asked if facing the best bats of the National League in his first All-Star Game made him nervous. He replied "I was never nervous on a pitching mound." Although it was a low scoring game, it represented one of the best "pitching clinics" ever put on at an All-Star event. Heavy hitters had dominated previous All-Star games, but this one proved that a quality bullpen could shut down even the most potent offense.

"I just reared back and let them go." - Bob Feller
1939 All-Star Game

Ariel View of Yankee Stadium

The 1939 Midsummer Classic At-A-Glance

Game Number


Date / Box Score


Yankee Stadium

Attendance ( Rank )


Not Awarded Until 1962

Starting Pitchers



Russell Blackburne

1939 All-Star Game

Line Score


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


0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 1


0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 x 3 6 1

Paul Derringer
Bill Lee (L, 4th)
Lou Fette (7th)

Red Ruffing
Tommy Bridges (W, 4th)
Bob Feller (6th)

None Joe DiMaggio (5th)

1939 All-Star Game

National League All-Star Squad

Morrie Arnovich Philadelphia Phillies OF Did Not Play

Dolph Camilli Brooklyn Dodgers 1B

Harry Danning New York Giants C Did Not Play

Curt Davis St. Louis Cardinals P Did Not Pitch


Paul Derringer

Cincinnati Reds P Starting Pitcher

Lou Fette

Boston Braves P


Lonny Frey Cincinnati Reds 2B


Ival Goodman Cincinnati Reds OF


Stan Hack Chicago Cubs 3B

Billy Herman Chicago Cubs 2B

Billy Jurges New York Giants SS Did Not Play

Cookie Lavagetto Brooklyn Dodgers 3B Did Not Play

Bill Lee

Chicago Cubs P


Ernie Lombardi Cincinnati Reds C


Frank McCormick Cincinnati Reds 1B


Joe Medwick St. Louis Cardinals OF

Johnny Mize St. Louis Cardinals 1B

Terry Moore St. Louis Cardinals OF


Mel Ott New York Giants OF

Babe Phelps Brooklyn Dodgers C

Johnny Vander Meer

Cincinnati Reds P Did Not Pitch


Arky Vaughan Pittsburgh Pirates SS

Bucky Walters Cincinnati Reds P Did Not Pitch

Lon Warneke St. Louis Cardinals P Did Not Pitch

Whit Wyatt Brooklyn Dodgers P Did Not Pitch

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

1939 All-Star Game

American League All-Star Squad

Luke Appling Chicago White Sox SS Did Not Play

Tommy Bridges

Detroit Tigers P

George Case Washington Senators OF Replaced - Injury


Doc Cramer Boston Red Sox OF


Joe Cronin Boston Red Sox SS

Frankie Crosetti New York Yankees SS Did Not Play


Bill Dickey New York Yankees C


Joe DiMaggio New York Yankees OF

Bob Feller

Cleveland Indians P

Jimmie Foxx Boston Red Sox 1B Did Not Play

Lou Gehrig New York Yankees 1B Replaced Case

Lefty Gomez New York Yankees P Did Not Pitch


Joe Gordon New York Yankees 2B


Hank Greenberg Detroit Tigers 1B

Lefty Grove Boston Red Sox P Did Not Pitch

Frankie Hayes Philadelphia Athletics C Did Not Play

Rollie Hemsley Cleveland Indians C Did Not Play

Myril Hoag St. Louis Browns OF

Bob Johnson Philadelphia Athletics OF Did Not Play

Ted Lyons Chicago White Sox P Did Not Pitch

George McQuinn St. Louis Browns 1B Did Not Play

Johnny Murphy New York Yankees P Did Not Pitch

Bobo Newsom Detroit Tigers P Did Not Pitch


Red Rolfe New York Yankees 3B


Red Ruffing

New York Yankees P Starting Pitcher


George Selkirk New York Yankees OF

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

This was actually the second All-Star game played in New York as the 1934 Midsummer Classic was played in the Polo Grounds. Yankee Stadium was chosen to host this particular game due to the World's Fair which was also in New York during the 1939 season.

Fireball Feller came in with the bases loaded, pitched three and two-thirds, struck out two, walked one and allowed only one hit.

During the announcing of the American League lineup a fan yelled, "Make Joe McCarthy play an All-Star American League team. We can beat them, but we can't beat the Yankees!"

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