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

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]

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.