The 1938 MLB All-Star game was staged in Cincinnati's Crosley Field 74 years ago today. 22 future Hall of Famers were on the rosters that day. It was the sixth edition of the Midsummer's Classic, as the New York Giants' Bill Terry managed the National League and the Yankees' Joe McCarthy the American League.
The National League triumphed 4-1 that day, on the back of a great pitching performance from Johnny Vander Meer, Bill Lee, and Mace Brown. Defense doomed the AL that day, as four errors helped lead to three NL runs. Hall of Fame Reds catcher Ernie Lombardi led the offense for the NL, earning two hits and an RBI. Joe DiMaggio kept the AL from going scorless, stroking a line-drive RBI double in the 9th inning. The game saw a new crop of young players coming to take over for the golden generation of the late 20's and early 30's. A 19-year old Bob Feller earned his first All-Star Game honor that year while future Hall of Famer Charlie Gehringer made his last All-Star Game appearance.
Want to get a jersey with some of the '38 participants? Here are some from the Cooperstown Collection:
On July 17, 1936, Jimmie Foxx blasted a ball over the upper deck in Comiskey Park. The ball cleared the roof in left field and landed on the street outside the ballpark! Because of his pure talent as a hitter, he earned the name "The Beast."
Throughout a twenty year career Jimmie Foxx would play baseball with four Major League Baseball teams - Athletics, Red Sox, Cubs and Phillies. 1936 would mark the first year that Jimmie would play with the Boston Red Sox. Upon being traded to the Red Sox Foxx predicted that he would have "no less than 200 hits, which will include fifty home runs, 150 RBIs and 125 runs scored." He would hit his fifty homers in his MVP season of 1938 becoming the first Red Sox player to do so. Out of his 534 career total home runs he hit 222 of those during his time in Boston. With the Red Sox he would also be selected as an All Star for the third year in a row. Jimmie would go on to earn his third and final AL MVP honor and be selected to the All Star team five more times.
Jimmie Foxx is one of only four ballplayers (Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro & Manny Ramirez are the other three) in Major League history to hit at least two-hundred career home runs with two different ballclubs.