1940 All-Star Game

The National League started off the new decade with a surprising shutout over the previously dominant American League. The game's hero was also a surprise and a perfect example of what happens when ordinary players do extraordinary things.

Boston Bees outfielder Max West, who hit .261 with seven home runs that year, stepped up to the plate in the first inning and set the game in motion. With Red Ruffing pitching, Arky Vaughan and Billy Herman had led off with singles. He sent Ruffing's delivery into the right-center stands and that was the ballgame, the first shutout in All-Star history. West had just one at-bat in his only All-Star appearance. In the second, he was injured leaping for a Luke Appling double and had to leave the game.

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1940 All-Star Game

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The 1940 Midsummer Classic At-A-Glance

Game Number
Date / Box Score
Sportsman's Park
Attendance ( Rank )
Not Awarded Until 1962
Starting Pitchers

1940 All Star Game

Line Score

League 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
American 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
National 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 x 4 7 0
Red Ruffing (L)
Bobo Newsom (4th)
Bob Feller (7th)
Paul Derringer (W)
Bucky Walters (3rd)
Whit Wyatt (5th)
Larry French (7th)
Carl Hubbell (9th)
None Max West (1st)

1940 All-Star Game

American League All-Star Squad

6. Luke Appling Chicago White Sox SS
Lou Boudreau Cleveland Indians SS
Tommy Bridges Detroit Tigers P Did Not Pitch
Doc Cramer Boston Red Sox OF Did Not Play
7. Bill Dickey New York Yankees C
4. Joe DiMaggio New York Yankees OF
Bob Feller Cleveland Indians P
Lou Finney Boston Red Sox OF
5. Jimmie Foxx Boston Red Sox 1B
8. Joe Gordon New York Yankees 2B
Hank Greenberg Detroit Tigers OF
Frankie Hayes Philadelphia Athletics C
Rollie Hemsley Cleveland Indians C
Bob Johnson Philadelphia Athletics OF Did Not Play
3. Charlie Keller New York Yankees OF
Ken Keltner Cleveland Indians 3B
Dutch Leonard Washington Senators P Did Not Pitch
Ray Mack Cleveland Indians 2B
George McQuinn St. Louis Browns 1B Did Not Play
Al Milnar Cleveland Indians P Did Not Pitch
Bobo Newsom Detroit Tigers P
Monte Pearson New York Yankees P Did Not Pitch
Red Rolfe New York Yankees 3B Replaced - Injury
9. Red Ruffing New York Yankees P Starting Pitcher
1. Cecil Travis Washington Senators 3B Replaced Rolfe
2. Ted Williams Boston Red Sox OF
BOLD = Fan's / manager's choice to start the game.

1940 All-Star Game

National League All-Star Squad

Pete Coscarart Brooklyn Dodgers 2B
Harry Danning New York Giants C
9. Paul Derringer Cincinnati Reds P Starting Pitcher
Leo Durocher Brooklyn Dodgers SS Did Not Play
Larry French Chicago Cubs P
2. Billy Herman Chicago Cubs 2B
Kirby Higbe Philadelphia Phillies P Did Not Pitch
Carl Hubbell New York Giants P
Billy Jurges New York Giants SS Replaced - Injury
7. Cookie Lavagetto Brooklyn Dodgers 3B
Hank Leiber Chicago Cubs OF Replaced - Injury
5. Ernie Lombardi Cincinnati Reds C
Pinky May Philadelphia Phillies 3B
Frank McCormick Cincinnati Reds 1B
6. Joe Medwick Brooklyn Dodgers OF
Eddie Miller Boston Braves SS Replaced Jurges
4. Johnny Mize St. Louis Cardinals 1B
Jo-Jo Moore New York Giants OF
8. Terry Moore St. Louis Cardinals OF
Hugh Mulcahy Philadelphia Phillies P Did Not Pitch
Bill Nicholson Chicago Cubs OF Replaced Leiber
Mel Ott New York Giants OF
Babe Phelps Brooklyn Dodgers C
1. Arky Vaughan Pittsburgh Pirates SS
Bucky Walters Cincinnati Reds P
3. Max West Boston Braves OF
Whit Wyatt Brooklyn Dodgers P

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

Game / Box Links: 1940 Box Score | 1940 Play-by-Play
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The first ever All-Star shutout featured five National League pitchers walking only two batters, striking out eight and holding a powerful American League lineup to three hits.

Fans were still arriving at the park in the first inning when Arky Vaughan and Billy Herman singled followed by a rocket hit by Max West into the right field stands.

Joe McCarthy was absent from his role as American League skipper because some believe he had the honor too many times. Joe Cronin replaced him at the helm and Bill McKechnie drove the National League team.

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