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, 1939 American League 3, National League 1 Yankee Stadium in New York
Misplays and missed opportunities cost the National League.
In the third inning, the National League jumped ahead as the Reds’ Lonny Fry hit a one-out double that scored the Pirates’ Arky Vaughan. Stan Hack of the Cubs moved to third, and Ival Goodman of the Reds was walked to load the bases.
Yankees pitcher Red Ruffing buckled down and struck out Frank McCormick of the Reds and then got his Cincinnati teammate Ernie Lombardi to fly out to short right.
The American League took the lead for good in the fourth inning when the Yankees’ George Selkirk stroked a two-out single that scored his New York teammate Bill Dickey. Another Yankee, Joe Gordon, then reached on an error by Vaughan at shortstop. That allowed Detroit’s Hank Greenberg to score.
In the fifth inning, Joe DiMaggio (there were six Yankees in the starting lineup) hit a solo homer. An inning later, the National League loaded the bases with one out, but the Indians’ Bob Feller grounded into a double play to end the inning.
There were six Yankees in the starting lineup for the American League and four more on the bench, including Lou Gehrig. The National League started five Cincinnati Reds and had two on the bench.
Not surprisingly, the Yankees beat the Reds in the 1939 World Series.
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