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.

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"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

League 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 1
American 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
9. Paul Derringer Cincinnati Reds P Starting Pitcher
Lou Fette Boston Braves P
2. Lonny Frey Cincinnati Reds 2B
3. Ival Goodman Cincinnati Reds OF
1. 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
5. Ernie Lombardi Cincinnati Reds C
4. Frank McCormick Cincinnati Reds 1B
6. Joe Medwick St. Louis Cardinals OF
Johnny Mize St. Louis Cardinals 1B
Terry Moore St. Louis Cardinals OF
7. Mel Ott New York Giants OF
Babe Phelps Brooklyn Dodgers C
Johnny Vander Meer Cincinnati Reds P Did Not Pitch
8. 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
1. Doc Cramer Boston Red Sox OF
6. Joe Cronin Boston Red Sox SS
Frankie Crosetti New York Yankees SS Did Not Play
4. Bill Dickey New York Yankees C
3. 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
8. Joe Gordon New York Yankees 2B
5. 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
2. Red Rolfe New York Yankees 3B
9. Red Ruffing New York Yankees P Starting Pitcher
7. George Selkirk New York Yankees OF

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

Game / Box Links: 1939 Box Score | 1939 Play-by-Play
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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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