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 8, 1941 American League 7, National League 5 Briggs Stadium in Detroit
This victory was sealed with a kiss.
Ted Williams hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning and gave the American League the victory. Tigers manager Del Baker, who was managing the American League squad, found Williams in the locker room after the game and planted one on Williams’ left cheek.
“Kiss him? You’re damned right I did,” Baker said after the game.
The American League was trailing 5-3 in the bottom of the ninth and the Cubs’ Claude Passeau got the first out when the Indians’ Ken Keltner and the Yankees’ Joe Gordon singled. Cecil Travis of the Washington Senators walked.
Joe DiMaggio of the Yankees grounded into a fielder’s choice, but beat the throw to first that would have ended the game.
In stepped Williams the crushed a shot into the upper right-field stands for the win.
“I just shut my eyes and swung,” Williams told reporters afterward.
Watch the big moment here:
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