1949 All-Star Game

This historic game marked the first time that black players were selected for an All-Star Game. Appropriately, the game was held at Ebbets Field, where Jackie Robinson had democratized Major League baseball two years previously. These players included Robinson, Roy Campanella and Don Newcombe for the National League and Larry Doby for the American Leagie. Most felt that the new diversity of talent would finally tip the scales to the National League.

However, this game belonged to Joe DiMaggio, who had a single, a double and three runs batted in. American League manager Lou Boudreau had received a bit of heat for adding DiMaggio to the squad. He was battling a heel injury, hadn't played until June 28 and was a non-contender in fans' balloting. However, Boudreau chose him as a reserve and put him in the starting lineup when Tommy Henrich injured his knee. It turned out to be one of the smartest and sneakiest moves ever in an All-Star lineup.

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"If it wasn't for him (Jackie Robinson) the Dodgers would be in the second division." - Red Schoendienst

1949 All-Star Game

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The 1949 Midsummer Classic At-A-Glance

Game Number
Date / Box Score
Ebbets Field
Attendance ( Rank )
Not Awarded Until 1962
Starting Pitchers

1949 All-Star Game

Line Score

League 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
American 4 0 0 2 0 2 3 0 0 11 13 1
National 2 1 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 7 12 5
Mel Parnell
Virgil Trucks (W, 2nd)
Lou Brissie (4th)
Vic Raschi (7th)
Warren Spahn
Don Newcombe (L, 2nd)
Red Munger (5th)
Vern Bickford (6th)
Howie Pollet (7th)
Ewell Blackwell (8th)
Preacher Roe (9th)
Stan Musial (1st)
Ralph Kiner (6th)

1949 All-Star Game

American League All-Star Squad

Yogi Berra New York Yankees C
Lou Brissie Philadelphia Athletics P
Bob Dillinger St. Louis Browns 3B
1. Dom DiMaggio Boston Red Sox OF
4. Joe DiMaggio New York Yankees OF
Larry Doby Cleveland Indians OF
Billy Goodman Boston Red Sox 1B
Joe Gordon Cleveland Indians 2B
Jim Hegan Cleveland Indians C Did Not Play
Tommy Henrich New York Yankees OF Did Not Play
5. Eddie Joost Philadelphia Athletics SS
2. George Kell Detroit Tigers 3B
Alex Kellner Philadelphia Athletics P Did Not Pitch
Bob Lemon Cleveland Indians P Did Not Pitch
7. Cass Michaels Chicago White Sox 2B
Dale Mitchell Cleveland Indians OF
9. Mel Parnell Boston Red Sox P Starting Pitcher
Vic Raschi New York Yankees P
Allie Reynolds New York Yankees P Did Not Pitch
6. Eddie Robinson Washington Senators 1B
Vern Stephens Boston Red Sox SS
8. Birdie Tebbetts Boston Red Sox C
Virgil Trucks Detroit Tigers P
Vic Wertz Detroit Tigers OF
3. Ted Williams Boston Red Sox OF
BOLD = Fan's choice to start the game (Manager chooses pitcher).

1949 All-Star Game

National League All-Star Squad

Vern Bickford Boston Braves P
Ewell Blackwell Cincinnati Reds P
Ralph Branca Brooklyn Dodgers P Did Not Pitch
Roy Campanella Brooklyn Dodgers C
Walker Cooper Cincinnati Reds C Did Not Play
Sid Gordon New York Giants 3B
Gil Hodges Brooklyn Dodgers 1B
7. Eddie Kazak St. Louis Cardinals 3B
4. Ralph Kiner Pittsburgh Pirates OF
Marty Marion St. Louis Cardinals SS Did Not Play
6. Willard Marshall New York Giants OF
5. Johnny Mize New York Giants 1B
Red Munger St. Louis Cardinals P
3. Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals OF
Don Newcombe Brooklyn Dodgers P
Andy Pafko Chicago Cubs OF
Howie Pollet St. Louis Cardinals P
1. Pee Wee Reese Brooklyn Dodgers SS
2. Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers 2B
Preacher Roe Brooklyn Dodgers P
Red Schoendienst St. Louis Cardinals 2B
8. Andy Seminick Philadelphia Phillies C
Enos Slaughter St. Louis Cardinals OF
9. Warren Spahn Boston Braves P Starting Pitcher
Bobby Thomson New York Giants OF
Eddie Waitkus Philadelphia Phillies 1B Did Not Play

BOLD = Fan's choice to start the game (Manager chooses pitcher).

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Did you know that this particular All-Star game was the first one ever to include black players? Check the intro at the top of the page for more details...

The first American League black All-Star? Larry Doby of the Clevelend Indians. The first National League black All-Stars? Roy Campanella , Don Newcombe and Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers.

This was the first Midsummer Classic held at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York.

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