The 83rd All-Star Game is at Kauffman Stadium on July 10. Leading up to that game, The Star is looking back at a Midsummer Classic game every day.July 10, 1934 American League 9, National League 7 Polo Grounds in New York
New York Giants pitcher Carl Hubbell provided the first indelible performance in an All-Star Game.
After the American League opened the game by having the first two batters reach base, Hubbell then struck out Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Jimmie Foxx. After the Cardinals’ Frankie Frisch hit a homer in the bottom of the first, Hubbell opened the second inning by fanning Al Simmons and Joe Cronin, and the five straight strikeouts of future Hall of Famers became the stuff of legends.
"What I was trying to do was strike Ruth out," Hubbell would say shortly before his death. "He was the only one I was really trying to strike out."
What’s amazing about this game is that Hubbell’s pitching is long remembered, but it was the hitters who ended up having a field day.
In the third inning, the Cardinals’ Joe Medwick hit a three-run homer to make it 4-0, and the National League appeared to be on its way.
But the American League sliced the lead in half in the top of the fourth, and broke things open in the fifth.
The American League sent 11 batters to the plate, and eight of nine reached base with the lone exception being the Senators’ Joe Cronin, who popped out while trying to bunt. Foxx and Simmons had consecutive RBI singles, the Indians’ Earl Averill added a two-run double and Yankees’ pitcher Red Ruffing had a two-run single.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Pirates’ Pie Traynor had an RBI single and stole home. The Cubs’ Chuck Klein added an RBI single to make it 8-7.
In the sixth inning, Simmons and Cronin hit consecutive doubles to add some breathing room and the American League held on for the victory. The Indians’ Mel Harder pitched five innings of one-hit ball and got the victory.
Watch Hubbell’s performance here:
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