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.

"Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday's success or put its failures behind and start over again. That's the way life is, with a new game every day, and that's the way baseball is." - Bob Feller
1940 All-Star Game

Paul Derringer

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


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


0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1


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


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


Bill Dickey New York Yankees C


Joe DiMaggio New York Yankees OF

Bob Feller

Cleveland Indians P

Lou Finney Boston Red Sox OF


Jimmie Foxx Boston Red Sox 1B


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


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


Red Ruffing

New York Yankees P Starting Pitcher


Cecil Travis Washington Senators 3B Replaced Rolfe


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


Paul Derringer

Cincinnati Reds P Starting Pitcher

Leo Durocher Brooklyn Dodgers SS Did Not Play

Larry French

Chicago Cubs P


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


Cookie Lavagetto Brooklyn Dodgers 3B

Hank Leiber Chicago Cubs OF Replaced - Injury


Ernie Lombardi Cincinnati Reds C

Pinky May Philadelphia Phillies 3B

Frank McCormick Cincinnati Reds 1B


Joe Medwick Brooklyn Dodgers OF

Eddie Miller Boston Braves SS Replaced Jurges


Johnny Mize St. Louis Cardinals 1B

Jo-Jo Moore New York Giants OF


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


Arky Vaughan Pittsburgh Pirates SS

Bucky Walters

Cincinnati Reds P


Max West Boston Braves OF

Whit Wyatt

Brooklyn Dodgers P

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

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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