1944 All-Star Game

For baseball, 1944 was the darkest of the war years, with most of the game's star players scattered around the globe serving their country. This game was the widest victory margin to date for an All-Star Game and the National League's four-run fifth inning was their biggest one-inning outing.

One highlight from this otherwise mediocre exhibition was the unusual pitching techniques of Rip Sewell. He had won twenty-one games that year using his special "eephus" pitch that had become a fan favorite. This curious delivery resulted in a parachute pitch that lobbed on a high arc and could be dropped over the plate with uncanny control. He made the crowd roar when he floated two of these rainbows to George McQuinn in the eighth. After the game, Sewell was asked to explain why the pitch was called an "eephus". He replied "An eephus ain't nothing. And that's what that pitch is... nothing." His style still remains as one of the most original and unorthodox approaches ever to come from a pitcher's mound.

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1944 All-Star Game

1944 All-Star Game Program

1944 All-Star Game Official Program

Game Number
12
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance ( Rank )
29,589
Not Awarded Until 1962
Starting Pitchers
Managers
Coaches
John Wagner

1944 All Star Game

Line Score

League 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
American 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 3
National 0 0 0 0 4 0 2 1 x 7 12 1
Hank Borowy
Tex Hughson (L, 4th)
Bob Muncrief (5th)
Hal Newhouser (7th)
Bobo Newsom (8th)
Bucky Walters
Ken Raffensberger (W,4th)
Rip Sewell (6th)
Jim Tobin (9th)
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None None

1944 All-Star Game

American League All-Star Squad

9. Hank Borowy New York Yankees P Starting Pitcher
Lou Boudreau Cleveland Indians SS Did Not Play
George Case Washington Senators OF Replaced-Injury
Roy Cullenbine Cleveland Indians OF Did Not Play
7. Bobby Doerr Boston Red Sox 2B
Rick Ferrell Washington Senators C Did Not Play
Pete Fox Boston Red Sox OF Replaced Case
Orval Grove Chicago White Sox P Did Not Pitch
Frankie Hayes Philadelphia Athletics C
8. Rollie Hemsley New York Yankees C
Pinky Higgins Detroit Tigers 3B
Oris Hockett Cleveland Indians OF Did Not Play
Tex Hughson Boston Red Sox P
5. Bob Johnson Boston Red Sox OF
6. Ken Keltner Cleveland Indians 3B
Dutch Leonard Washington Senators P Did Not Pitch
3. GeorgeMcQuinn St. Louis Browns 1B
Bob Muncrief St. Louis Browns P
Hal Newhouser Detroit Tigers P
Bobo Newsom Philadelphia Athletics P
Joe Page New York Yankees P Did Not Pitch
2. Stan Spence WashingtonSenators OF
4. Vern Stephens St. Louis Browns SS
Dizzy Trout Detroit Tigers P Did Not Pitch
1. ThurmanTucker Chicago White Sox OF
Rudy York Detroit Tigers 1B Did Not Play
BOLD = Fan's / manager's choice to start the game.

1944 All-Star Game

National League All-Star Squad

Nate Andrews Boston Braves P Did Not Pitch
2. Phil Cavarretta Chicago Cubs 1B
4. Walker Cooper St.LouisCardinals C
Vince DiMaggio Pittsburgh Pirates OF
6. Bob Elliott Pittsburgh Pirates 3B
1. Augie Galan Brooklyn Dodgers OF
Al Javery Boston Braves P Did Not Pitch
Don Johnson Chicago Cubs 2B Did Not Play
Whitey Kurowski St. Louis Cardinals 3B
Max Lanier St. Louis Cardinals P Replaced - Injury
8. Marty Marion St.LouisCardinals SS
Frank McCormick Cincinnati Reds 1B Did Not Play
Joe Medwick New York Giants OF
Eddie Miller Cincinnati Reds SS Replaced - Injury
Ray Mueller Cincinnati Reds C
Red Munger St. Louis Cardinals P Replaced - Injury
3. Stan Musial St.LouisCardinals OF
Bill Nicholson Chicago Cubs OF
Mel Ott New York Giants OF
Mickey Owen Brooklyn Dodgers C Did Not Play
KenRaffensberger PhiladelphiaPhillies P
7. Connie Ryan Boston Braves 2B
Rip Sewell Pittsburgh Pirates P
Jim Tobin Boston Braves P Replaced Lanier
Bill Voiselle New York Giants P ReplacedMunger
5. Dixie Walker Brooklyn Dodgers OF
9. Bucky Walters Cincinnati Reds P Starting Pitcher
Frankie Zak Pittsburgh Pirates SS Replaced Miller

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

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This was only the second game in All-Star history where no home runs were hit. The first was on July 6, 1938 , at Crosley Field — do you remember which league won that particular Midsummer Classic?

The National League All-Stars had three sacrifice hits during the 1944 All-Star Game which is the record for most by one league during an All-Star Game.

A total of $100,999.39 net was given to the armed services thanks to $81,725 in tickets, $25,000 from Gillette Razor Company (broadcasting rights), and the remainder from concession.

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