1941 All-Star Game

The 1941 All-Star Game yielded what is considered to be one of the most electrifying homers in All-Star history. It was launched by one of the most popular and charismatic hitters of the day, Ted Williams. Playing in his second All-Star Game, he was on his way to a .406 season batting average and at the All-Star break, he was hitting .405.

One of the higher scoring All-Star games to date, this game showcased great pitching, strong hitting and a momentous conclusion. The American League was trailing 5-3 in the bottom of the ninth and Claude Passeau pitching. Passeau retired the first batter. Then Ken Keltner came in as a pinch hitter and bounced a single off shortstop Eddie Miller's glove. Joe Gordon singled and Cecil Travis drew a walk, loading the bases for Joe DiMaggio with Ted Williams on deck. DiMaggio hit a certain double-play ball sharply to Miller, who threw to second baseman Billy Herman. Herman's throw to first was wide, enabling DiMaggio to reach first on a forceout and Keltner to score. Williams batted next and sent a fastball into the upper right-field stands and turned a 5-4 National League lead into a 7-5 American League win.

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1941 All-Star Game

1941 All-Star Game Program

1941 All-Star Game Official Program

Game Number
9
Date / Box Score
Location
Briggs Stadium
Attendance ( Rank )
54,674
Not Awarded Until 1962
Starting Pitchers
Managers
Coaches
Jim Wilson

1941 All Star Game

1941 All-Star Game Ticket

1941 All-Star Game Ticket

Line Score

League
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
R
H
E
National
0
0
0
0
0
1
2
2
0
5
10
2
American
0
0
0
1
0
1
0
1
4
7
11
3

1941 All-Star Game

National League All-Star Squad

Cy Blanton Philadelphia Phillies P Did Not Pitch
Dolph Camilli Brooklyn Dodgers 1B Replaced - Injury
Harry Danning New York Giants C
Paul Derringer Cincinnati Reds P
Bob Elliott Pittsburgh Pirates OF
7. Lonny Frey Cincinnati Reds 2B
1. Stan Hack Chicago Cubs 3B
Billy Herman Brooklyn Dodgers 2B
Carl Hubbell New York Giants P Did Not Pitch
Cookie Lavagetto Brooklyn Dodgers 3B
Hank Leiber Chicago Cubs OF Replaced - Injury
Al Lopez Pittsburgh Pirates C
Frank McCormick Cincinnati Reds 1B Replaced Camilli
Joe Medwick Brooklyn Dodgers OF Replaced Leiber
Eddie Miller Boston Braves SS
4. Johnny Mize St. Louis Cardinals 1B
2. Terry Moore St. Louis Cardinals OF
5. Bill Nicholson Chicago Cubs OF
Mel Ott New York Giants OF
8. Mickey Owen Brooklyn Dodgers C
Claude Passeau Chicago Cubs P
3. Pete Reiser Brooklyn Dodgers OF
Enos Slaughter St. Louis Cardinals OF
6. Arky Vaughan Pittsburgh Pirates SS
Bucky Walters Cincinnati Reds P
Lon Warneke St. Louis Cardinals P Did Not Pitch
9. Whit Wyatt Brooklyn Dodgers P Starting Pitcher
BOLD = Fan's / manager's choice to start the game.

1941 All-Star Game

American League All-Star Squad

Luke Appling Chicago White Sox SS Did Not Play
Al Benton Detroit Tigers P Did Not Pitch
Lou Boudreau Cleveland Indians SS
6. Joe Cronin Boston Red Sox SS
Roy Cullenbine St. Louis Browns OF
8. Bill Dickey New York Yankees C
Dom DiMaggio Boston Red Sox OF
3. Joe DiMaggio New York Yankees OF
1. Bobby Doerr Boston Red Sox 2B
9. Bob Feller Cleveland Indians P Starting Pitcher
Jimmie Foxx Boston Red Sox 1B
Joe Gordon New York Yankees 2B
Frankie Hayes Philadelphia Athletics C
5. Jeff Heath Cleveland Indians OF
Sid Hudson Washington Senators P
Charlie Keller New York Yankees OF
Ken Keltner Cleveland Indians 3B
Thornton Lee Chicago White Sox P
Red Ruffing New York Yankees P Did Not Pitch
Marius Russo New York Yankees P Did Not Pitch
Eddie Smith Chicago White Sox P
Birdie Tebbetts Detroit Tigers C Did Not Play
2. Cecil Travis Washington Senators 3B
4. Ted Williams Boston Red Sox OF
7. Rudy York Detroit Tigers 1B

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

Game / Box Links: 1941 Box Score | 1941 Play-by-Play
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Del Baker , the manager of the American League All-Stars, actually hugged and kissed Ted Williams in the locker room following the game.

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This was the first All-Star game played at Briggs Stadium. The next, and final, Midsummer Classic at Briggs Stadium would not occur until the 1951 All-Star Game .

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