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 6, 1942 American League 3, National League 1 Polo Grounds in New York
The American League hit two homers and a double in scoring three first-inning runs, then rested on its laurels (and some strong pitching).
The Indians’ Lou Boudreau opened the game with a solo homer against Mort Cooper of the Cardinals. The Yankees’ Tommy Henrich then doubled, but Cooper retired the Red Sox’s Ted Williams and the Yankees’ Joe DiMaggio and was poised to escape further damage.
However, Rudy York of the Tigers hit a two-run homer to make it 3-0.
The Yankees’ Spud Chandler pitched two-hit ball for four innings and the Tigers’ Al Benton went the final five frames, giving up four hits and one run.
That lone run scored in the eighth inning when Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Mickey Owen hit a solo homer.
You can watch that first inning (albeit without sound) here: