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 11, 1944 National League 7, American League 1 Forbes Field in Pittsburgh
Six straight batters reached base in a four-run fifth inning helped the National League overturn an early lead and roll to victory in a game tat lacked much of its luster because of the number of stars who were serving overseas during World War II.
Still, the American League took the lead as Yankees’ pitcher Hank Borowy singled home Ken Keltner of the Indians.
It was still 1-0 in the fifth when the National League rally started when the Cubs’ Bill Nicholson doubled home the Braves’ Connie Ryan. Augie Galan of the Dodgers singled to give the National League a 2-1 lead.
A walk and error loaded the bases when the Cardinals’ Walker Cooper singled to score one run, but the Cubs’ Phil Cavarretta was thrown out at the plate. The Dodgers’ Dixie Walker then singled home another run to make it 4-1.
The National League scored two in the seventh and one in the eighth to round out the scoring.
The Phillies’ Ken Raffensberger, the Pirates Rip Sewell and the Braves’ Jim Tobin allowed just one hit over the final six innings. Raffensberger was the winning pitcher, while Boston’s Tex Hughson was the loser.
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