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: