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 9, 1940 National League 4, American League 0 Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis
Of the myriad legends to play in the All-Star Game, Max West has the best slugging percentage of them all.
In his only All-Star Game appearance, West of the Boston Bees smacked a three-run homer in the first inning, and that proved to be his only at-bat of the game. Presto! A 4.000 slugging percentage.
The Pirates’ Arky Vaughan and the Cubs’ Billy Herman, who singled ahead of West, scored. Red Ruffing of the Yankees took the loss.
Five National League pitchers combined on the three-hit shutout, which was the first in All-Star Game history.
Reds pitcher Paul Derringer started and got the win. Giants legend Carl Hubbell pitched a scoreless ninth and got the save.
New York Giants catcher Harry Danning had an RBI single against the Indians’ Bob Feller in the eighth inning to close out the scoring.