The 1941 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the ninth playing of the mid-summer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 8, 1941, at Briggs Stadium in Detroit, Michigan, the home of the Detroit Tigers of the American League.
|1941 Major League Baseball All-Star Game|
|Date||July 8, 1941|
|Ceremonial first pitch||None|
|Radio||Mutual, CBS, WWJ|
|Radio announcers||Red Barber, Bob Elson (Mutual) |
Mel Allen, France Laux (CBS)
Ty Tyson (WWJ)
The American League defeated the National League, 7–5. With the NL leading 5–4, two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, and Joe Gordon and Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees on base; Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox hit a walk-off home run off of Claude Passeau of the Chicago Cubs to win it for the AL.
Players in italics have since been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
|Home Plate||Bill Summers||American|
|First Base||Lou Jorda||National|
|Second Base||Bill Grieve||American|
|Third Base||Babe Pinelli||National|
The umpires changed assignments in the middle of the fifth inning – Summers and Pinelli swapped positions, also Jorda and Grieve swapped positions.
|National League||American League|
|1||Stan Hack||Cubs||3B||1||Bobby Doerr||Red Sox||2B|
|2||Terry Moore||Cardinals||LF||2||Cecil Travis||Senators||3B|
|3||Pete Reiser||Dodgers||CF||3||Joe DiMaggio||Yankees||CF|
|4||Johnny Mize||Cardinals||1B||4||Ted Williams||Red Sox||LF|
|5||Bill Nicholson||Cubs||RF||5||Jeff Heath||Indians||RF|
|6||Arky Vaughan||Pirates||SS||6||Joe Cronin||Red Sox||SS|
|7||Lonny Frey||Reds||2B||7||Rudy York||Tigers||1B|
|8||Mickey Owen||Dodgers||C||8||Bill Dickey||Yankees||C|
|9||Whit Wyatt||Dodgers||P||9||Bob Feller||Indians||P|
|WP: Eddie Smith (1–0) LP: Claude Passeau (0–1)|
NL: Arky Vaughan (2)
AL: Ted Williams (1)
The 1941 Brooklyn Dodgers, led by manager Leo Durocher, won their first pennant in 21 years, edging the St. Louis Cardinals by 2.5 games. They went on to lose to the New York Yankees in the World Series.
In The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract, this team was referenced as one of "The Greatest Teams That Never Was", due to the quality of its starting lineup. Dolph Camilli was the slugging star with 34 home runs and 120 RBI. He was voted the National League's Most Valuable Player. Pete Reiser, a 22-year-old rookie, led the league in batting average, slugging percentage, and runs scored. Other regulars included Hall of Famers Billy Herman, Joe Medwick, Pee Wee Reese, and Dixie Walker. Not surprisingly, the Dodgers scored the most runs of any NL team (800).
The pitching staff featured a pair of 22-game winners, Kirby Higbe and Whitlow Wyatt, having their best pro seasons.1941 Pittsburgh Pirates season
The 1941 Pittsburgh Pirates was a season in American baseball. The team finished fourth in the National League with a record of 81–73, 19 games behind the first-place Brooklyn Dodgers.1942 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
The 1942 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the tenth playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 6, 1942, at Polo Grounds in New York City the home of the New York Giants of the National League. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 3–1. While the game had been scheduled for a twilight start at 6:30 p.m. EWT, rain delayed the first pitch for an hour, leading to the first All-Star contest played entirely under the lights; the two-hour, seven-minute game ended just ahead of a 9:30 p.m. blackout curfew in New York.Two nights later, the American League All-Stars traveled to Cleveland Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, to play a special benefit game against a team of players from the U.S. Army and Navy. The contest, which the American Leaguers won 5–0, attracted a crowd of 62,094 and netted $70,000 for the Army Emergency Relief Fund and the Navy Relief Society. Mutual Radio broadcast the second game, with Bob Elson, Waite Hoyt, and Jack Graney announcing.Eddie Smith (baseball)
Edgar Smith (December 14, 1913 – January 2, 1994) was a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Philadelphia Athletics (1936–1939), Chicago White Sox (1939–1943, 1946–1947) and Boston Red Sox (1947). Smith was a switch-hitter and threw left-handed. He was born in Mansfield Township, Burlington County, New Jersey.
In a 10-season career, Smith posted a 73–113 record with 694 strikeouts and a 3.82 ERA in 1,5952⁄3 innings pitched.
Joe DiMaggio started his 56-game hitting streak on May 15, 1941 by getting one hit in four at bats against Smith. Later that year, Smith was selected to represent the White Sox on the American League's All-Star team. He entered 1941 Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 8 at Briggs Stadium as a relief pitcher in the eighth inning and allowed a two-run home run to left-handed-hitting shortstop Arky Vaughan, putting the AL at a 5–3 disadvantage. But he set down the National League squad in order in the ninth, and came away with the victory when Ted Williams hit a three-run, walk-off home run in the ninth, capping the Junior Circuit's rally.Smith died in Willingboro Township, New Jersey, at the age of 80.Ty Tyson
Edwin Lloyd "Ty" Tyson (May 11, 1888 – December 12, 1968) was an American sports broadcaster and radio play-by-play announcer.
|Results and Awards|
² — Two All-Star Games were played these seasons. Italics indicate future games.
1941 MLB season by team
|AL Championship Series|
|NL Championship Series|
|AL Division Series|
|NL Division Series|