1942 All-Star Game

By the time that the tenth All-Star Game was played in 1942, the United States had been at war for seven months. Military enlistment and the draft had not yet begun the serious depletion of big-league teams that would take place over the next several years. However, enough players had entered the service to warrant a game July 7 in Cleveland between the winning All-Star team and the Service All-Stars, with proceeds going to the Army-Navy relief fund.

American League manager Joe McCarthy and National League manager Leo Durocher went into the game with very different strategies. Durocher used virtually his whole squad, all twenty-two players, while McCarthy played only eleven. McCarthy used only two pitchers, while Durocher used four. Lou Boudreau led off the first inning with a home run and Tommy Henrich doubled. Mort Cooper looked impressive when he retired Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio, but Rudy York sliced a line drive down the right-field line and into the bleachers. The American League maintained their lead and went on to win for the seventh time in ten All-Star Games.

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1942 All-Star Game

Polo Grounds

The 1942 Midsummer Classic At-A-Glance

Game Number


Date / Box Score


Attendance ( Rank )


Not Awarded Until 1962

Starting Pitchers



1942 All Star Game

Line Score


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


3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 0


0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 6 1
Spud Chandler (W)
Al Benton (5th)

Mort Cooper (L)
Johnny Vander Meer (4th)
Claude Passeau (7th)
Bucky Walters (9th)

Lou Boudreau (1st)
Rudy York (1st)
Mickey Owen (8th)

1942 All-Star Game

American League All-Star Squad

Jim Bagby Cleveland Indians P Did Not Pitch

Al Benton Detroit Tigers P

Tiny Bonham New York Yankees P Did Not Pitch


Lou Boudreau Cleveland Indians SS


Spud Chandler New York Yankees P S tarting Pitcher

Bill Dickey New York Yankees C Replaced - Injury

Dom DiMaggio Boston Red Sox OF Did Not Play


Joe DiMaggio New York Yankees OF

Bobby Doerr Boston Red Sox 2B Did Not Play


Joe Gordon New York Yankees 2B


Tommy Henrich New York Yankees OF

Sid Hudson Washington Senators P Did Not Pitch

Tex Hughson

Boston Red Sox P Did Not Pitch

Bob Johnson Philadelphia Athletics OF


Ken Keltner Cleveland Indians 3B

George McQuinn St. Louis Browns 1B Did Not Play

Hal Newhouser

Detroit Tigers P Did Not Pitch

Phil Rizzuto New York Yankees SS Did Not Play

Buddy Rosar New York Yankees C Did Not Play

Red Ruffing New York Yankees P Did Not Pitch

Eddie Smith Chicago White Sox P Did Not Pitch

Stan Spence Washington Senators OF Did Not Play


Birdie Tebbetts Detroit Tigers C

Hal Wagner Philadelphia Athletics C Replaced Dickey


Ted Williams Boston Red Sox OF


Rudy York Detroit Tigers 1B

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

1942 All-Star Game

National League All-Star Squad


Jimmy Brown St. Louis Cardinals 2B


Mort Cooper St. Louis Cardinals P S tarting Pitcher


Walker Cooper St. Louis Cardinals C

Paul Derringer Cincinnati Reds P Replaced - Injury

Bob Elliott Pittsburgh Pirates 3B

Billy Herman Brooklyn Dodgers 2B

Carl Hubbell New York Giants P Did Not Pitch

Danny Litwhiler Philadelphia Phillies OF

Ernie Lombardi Boston Braves C

Willard Marshall New York Giants OF

Frank McCormick Cincinnati Reds 1B


Joe Medwick Brooklyn Dodgers OF

Cliff Melton New York Giants P Did Not Pitch


Eddie Miller Boston Braves SS


Johnny Mize New York Giants 1B

Terry Moore St. Louis Cardinals OF


Mel Ott New York Giants OF

Mickey Owen Brooklyn Dodgers C

Claude Passeau Chicago Cubs P

Pee Wee Reese Brooklyn Dodgers SS


Pete Reiser Brooklyn Dodgers OF

Enos Slaughter St. Louis Cardinals OF

Ray Starr Cincinnati Reds P Replaced Derringer

Johnny Vander Meer Cincinnati Reds P


Arky Vaughan Brooklyn Dodgers 3B

Bucky Walters

Cincinnati Reds P

Whit Wyatt Brooklyn Dodgers P Did Not Pitch

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

Did you know that this game was originally scheduled to be played in Brooklyn? Larry MacPhail moved the game to the Polo Grounds due to its larger capacity and the fact that the proceeds from the game were to aid the war effort.

What happened to the three inning rule regarding pitchers? It was suspended because the winning team was scheduled to play an All-Star team made up of Army and Navy serviceman.

The run scored by the Nationals came in the eighth inning when Mickey Owen pinch-hit one into the left field stands. However, he had not and would not hit another home run during the entire regular season.

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