1946 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
|Date||July 9, 1946|
|Radio announcers||Mel Allen and Jim Britt|
The All-Star Game was held on July 9, 1946, at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts the home of the AL's Boston Red Sox. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 12–0. This was the game when Ted Williams hit the only home run against Rip Sewell's famed "Eephus Pitch."
Red Sox in the game
The Red Sox hosted the game and were well-represented. Red Sox infielders Bobby Doerr and Johnny Pesky, along with outfielders Ted Williams and Dom DiMaggio, were in the AL starting lineup, while pitchers Dave Ferriss and Mickey Harris along with first baseman Rudy York and catcher Hal Wagner were also named to the team (of the Red Sox' reserves, only York played in the game).
Players in italics have since been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
- Red Schoendienst, 2b
- Stan Musial, lf
- Johnny Hopp, cf
- Dixie Walker, rf
- Whitey Kurowski, 3b
- Johnny Mize, 1b
- Walker Cooper, c
- Marty Marion, ss
- Claude Passeau, p
- Dom DiMaggio, cf
- Johnny Pesky, ss
- Ted Williams, lf
- Charlie Keller, rf
- Bobby Doerr, 2b
- Mickey Vernon, 1b
- Ken Keltner, 3b
- Frankie Hayes, c
- Bob Feller, p
|Home Plate||Bill Summers||American|
|First Base||Dusty Boggess||National|
|Second Base||Eddie Rommel||American|
|Third Base||Larry Goetz||National|
The umpires changed assignments in the middle of the fifth inning – Summers and Goetz swapped positions, also Boggess and Rommel swapped positions.
The NL threatened in the top of the 1st inning, having two men on with one out, but were unable to score. The AL scored two runs in the bottom of the 1st, on a home run by Charlie Keller. There was then little activity until Ted Williams hit a solo home run in the bottom of the 4th, followed by the AL sending 9 men to the plate in the bottom of the 5th while scoring 3 runs. The AL later added 6 more runs, with the NL never threatening.
Ted Williams still (through 2016) holds five single-game All-Star Game Records, which were set in this game: hits (4), home runs (2), runs (4), RBI (5), and total bases (10). Note that MLB did not name an All-Star Game MVP until 1962.
- "Ted Williams paces AL to 12-0 All-Star win at Fenway". Boston Globe. 10 Jul 1946. Retrieved 15 Oct 2016.
- "American League 12, National League 0". Retrosheet. 9 Jul 1946. Retrieved 22 Oct 2016.
- "All-Star Game Records: Single All-Star Game Hitting Records". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved 15 Oct 2016.