1944 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1944 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 12th playing of the "Midsummer Classic" between Major League Baseball's American League (AL) and National League (NL) All-Star teams. The All-Star Game was held on July 11, 1944 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the home of the NL's Pittsburgh Pirates.

The game resulted in the National League defeating the American League 7–1.[1]

Played during World War II, receipts from the game were distributed to a fund that provided baseball equipment to members of the armed services.[2]

1944 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
American League 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 3
National League 0 0 0 0 4 0 2 1 X 7 12 1
DateJuly 11, 1944
VenueForbes Field
CityPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Radio announcersDon Dunphy, Bill Slater and Bill Corum

Pirates in the game

The Pirates hosted the game and were well-represented. Pirates pitcher Rip Sewell, infielder Bob Elliott, and outfielder Vince DiMaggio were selected for the National League All-Star squad.

Pirates pitchers Max Butcher and Cookie Cuccurullo were named the NL's batting practice pitchers and Pirates catcher Spud Davis was the NL's batting practice catcher. Honus Wagner was named an honorary coach, the first time this honor was bestowed in Major League Baseball's All-Star Game.[3]

Starting lineups

Players in italics have since been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

American League

National League


Position Umpire League
Home Plate George Barr National
First Base Charlie Berry American
Second Base Ziggy Sears National
Third Base Cal Hubbard American

The umpires changed assignments in the middle of the fifth inning – Barr and Hubbard swapped positions, also Berry and Sears swapped positions.[4]


Tuesday, July 11, 1944 9:00 pm (ET) at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
American League 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 3
National League 0 0 0 0 4 0 2 1 X 7 12 1
WP: Ken Raffensberger (1–0)   LP: Tex Hughson (0–1)   Sv: Jim Tobin (1)

The American League scored in the second inning on a single by Hank Borowy, its pitcher, but never scored again. The National League got four runs in the fifth inning, led by Bill Nicholson's pinch-hit double. Whitey Kurowski knocked in two more runs with a double in the seventh. A sacrifice fly by Stan Musial in the eighth inning closed out the scoring. Ken Raffensberger was the winning pitcher for the Nationals.


  1. ^ Roscoe McGowen (July 12, 1944). "NATIONAL ANNEXES ALL-STAR GAME, 7–1; Victory Margin Record Is Set for 12-Year-Old Series as American Loop Is Routed". New York Times. p. 14.
  2. ^ "All Reserved Seats Sold For All-Star Game Here". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. July 8, 1944. p. 8.
  3. ^ Louis Effrat (July 4, 1944). "National League Managers Pick 6 Cardinals for All-Star Squad; Munger and Lanier Lead Hurlers, With Walters of Reds – Musial, Walker of Brooks and Nicholson Top Hitters". New York Times. p. 23.
  4. ^ "National League 7, American League 1". Retrosheet. July 11, 1944. Retrieved October 22, 2016.

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1944 Brooklyn Dodgers season

The 1944 Brooklyn Dodgers saw constant roster turnover as players left for service in World War II. The team finished the season in seventh place in the National League.

1944 Pittsburgh Pirates season

The 1944 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 63rd season of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise; the 58th in the National League. The Pirates finished second in the league standings with a record of 90–63.

1945 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1945 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was cancelled on April 24 after the Major League Baseball (MLB) season began on April 17. The July 10 game was cancelled due to wartime travel restrictions in World War II. 1945 is the only year since 1933 when the first official All-Star Game was played, that an All-Star Game was cancelled and All-Stars were not officially selected.

This was to have been the 13th annual playing of the "Midsummer Classic" by MLB's American League (AL) and National League (NL) All-Star teams. The game was to be played at Fenway Park, home of the AL's Boston Red Sox. Fenway Park was chosen for the 1946 Major League Baseball All-Star Game (13th "Midsummer Classic") which was played on July 9 of that year.

On July 9 and 10, 1945, seven out of eight scheduled interleague night games were advertised and played as "All-Star" games in place of the official All-Star Game during the three-day All-Star break to help support the American Red Cross and the National War Fund. Four of the exhibition games were played on July 10 in Washington, D.C., St. Louis, Philadelphia, and Boston.

Germany had surrendered in May 1945. Mike Todd, a Broadway producer, had passed on the idea of holding the 1945 All-Star Game in Nuremberg, Germany, at a stadium renamed "Soldier Field" where U.S. Troops stationed in the European Theater played baseball. Although baseball's new commissioner, Happy Chandler was reportedly "intrigued" by the idea, it was ultimately dismissed as impractical by military advisors.

Honus Wagner

Johannes Peter "Honus" Wagner (; February 24, 1874 – December 6, 1955), sometimes referred to as "Hans" Wagner, was an American baseball shortstop who played 21 seasons in Major League Baseball from 1897 to 1917, almost entirely for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Wagner won his eighth (and final) batting title in 1911, a National League record that remains unbroken to this day, and matched only once, in 1997, by Tony Gwynn. He also led the league in slugging six times and stolen bases five times. Wagner was nicknamed "The Flying Dutchman" due to his superb speed and German heritage. This nickname was a nod to the popular folk-tale made into a famous opera by another Wagner.

In 1936, the Baseball Hall of Fame inducted Wagner as one of the first five members. He received the second-highest vote total, behind Ty Cobb and tied with Babe Ruth.

Most baseball historians consider Wagner to be the greatest shortstop ever and one of the greatest players ever. Ty Cobb himself called Wagner "maybe the greatest star ever to take the diamond." Honus Wagner is also the featured player of one of the rarest and the most valuable baseball cards in existence.

List of people from York, Pennsylvania

The following people were all born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with York, Pennsylvania.

John Adlum (1759–1836), pioneer viticulturist

Dominick Argento (born 1927), music composer

Bruce Arians (born 1952), head coach for the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Charles Augustus Barnitz (1780–1850), politician

Will Beatty (born 1985), offensive tackle, New York Giants (2009–16), Super Bowl XLVI champion

Andrew R. Brodbeck (1860–1937), politician

Edward Schroeder Brooks (1867–1957), politician

Omar Brown (born 1975), gridiron football player

John Hull Campbell (1800–1868), U.S. Congressman for Pennsylvania's 3rd congressional district, 1845–1847

Blaine Capatch (born 1965), comedian

Loretta Claiborne (born c. 1953), Special Olympics World Games multi-gold medalist and recipient of the 1996 ESPY Arthur Ashe Courage Award

Herbert B. Cohen (1900–1970), Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice

Nathaniel N. Craley, Jr. (1927–2006), politician

Patrick Dahlheimer (born 1971), bass guitarist

Sheila Darcy (1914–2004), actress

Phineas Davis (1792–1835), clockmaker and inventor

John A. Dempwolf (1848–1926), architect

Jacob L. Devers (1887–1979), World War II U.S. Army general

Neal Dodson (born 1978), award-winning feature film producer of All Is Lost & Broadway actor

Chris Doleman (born 1961), NFL defensive end

John Durang (1768–1822), dancer and musician

Luther P. Eisenhart (1876–1965), mathematician

Stephen Etnier (1903–1984), artist

James Ewing (1736–1806), Pennsylvania statesman

William Henry Farquhar (1813–1887), developmental influencer of Montgomery County, Maryland

William B. Franklin (1823–1903), American Civil War general

Sam Freed (born 1948), actor

James Gerry (1896–1973), politician

Hugh Glasgow (1769–1818), politician, judge

William C. Goodridge (1805–1873), barber, merchant, Underground Railroad activist

Chad Gracey (born 1971), drummer

Halestorm (formed 1997), hard rock band

Mahlon Haines (1875–1962), businessman and philanthropist

Granville O. Haller (1819–1897), American Civil War officer who led the defense of Adams and York counties during the Gettysburg Campaign and later became a leading Seattle millionaire

Mike Hawthorne (born 1975/1976), comic book and graphic novel illustrator

Bob Hoffman (1898–1985), founder of York Barbell; considered the "father of American weightlifting"

David Holmes (1769–1832), politician

Jerry Howarth (born 1946), MLB announcer, voice of the Toronto Blue Jays

Lois Hunt (1925–2009), soprano opera singer who toured for decades with baritone Earl Wrightson

Carolina Isakson Proctor (1930–2012), First Lady of Colombia

Kevin Jones (born 1967), BMX rider

Brian Keene (born 1967), best-selling novelist and comic book writer

James Kelly (1760–1819), U.S. representative

Matthew Knisely (born 1974), TV photojournalist

Jeff Koons (born 1955), artist

Ed Kowalczyk (born 1971), musician, lead singer of the band Live

John Kuhn (born 1982), NFL fullback

George M. Leader (1918–2013), 36th Governor of Pennsylvania

Ernest W. Lefever (1919–2009), foreign affairs expert

Samuel S. Lewis (1874–1959), former Pennsylvania lieutenant governor

Sylvia Lewis (born 1931), dancer and actress

Live (1988–2009; re-formed 2011), alternative rock band

Ken Ludwig (born 1950), playwright and theatre director

Martie Maguire (born 1969), member of the country band Dixie Chicks

Frances Lee McCain (born 1944), actress (Gremlins, Footloose, Back to the Future)

Del McCoury (born 1939), bluegrass musician

Gary Miller (born 1946), conductor and gay activist

Lewis Miller (1796–1882), artist and chronicler of early 19th-century life in York

Cameron Mitchell (1918–1994), actor

Walt Partymiller (1912–1991), cartoonist

Todd Platts (born 1962), politician

The Quin-Tones (1957–1960; 1986–1990s), a doo-wop group

Ken Raffensberger (1917–2002), winning pitcher of 1944 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Charles H. Robertson (1934–2017), politician

Chris Roupas (born 1957), Greek-American former basketball player

Wayne Schafer (born 1963), pitmaster

Harry E. Seyler (1908–1994), politician and educator

Evan Sharp (born 1982), co-founder of Pinterest, graduated York Suburban High School 2001

Craig Sheffer (born 1960), actor, Nightbreed (1990), A River Runs Through It (1992) and The Program (1993)

Edgar Fahs Smith (1854–1928), scientist, chemist, historian

James Smith (1719–1806), signer of the Declaration of Independence; lived on South George Street and is buried in York

George Stibitz (1904–1995), Bell Labs researcher and digital pioneer

John Terpak (1912–1993), champion weightlifter, York Barbell executive

Vic Wertz (1947–1963), professional baseball player

Rebecca Wisocky (born 1971), television and stage actress

Tom Wolf (born 1948), 47th Governor of Pennsylvania

Butch Wynegar (born 1956), major league baseball player

Thurman Tucker

Thurman Lowell Tucker (September 26, 1917 – May 7, 1993) was an American professional baseball player. A center fielder, Tucker played in Major League Baseball for nine seasons in the American League with the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians. In 701 career games, Tucker recorded a batting average of .255 and accumulated 24 triples, nine home runs, and 179 runs batted in (RBI). He was nicknamed "Joe E." Tucker because of his resemblance to comedian Joe E. Brown.Born and raised in Texas, Tucker first played professionally with the Siloam Springs Travelers. After gradually progressing through minor league baseball, he signed with the Chicago White Sox before the 1941 season. His major league debut came the following year and he spent two years as the White Sox's starting center fielder until he enlisted in the armed forces during World War II. Upon his return, Tucker played two more seasons for the White Sox. Subsequently, he was traded to the Cleveland Indians, for whom he played four years, and continued to play minor league baseball throughout the 1950s. After his retirement, he became a major league scout and insurance agent.

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