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, 1938 National League 4, American League 1 Crosley Field in Cincinnati
The American League committed four errors that led to three unearned runs as the National League came away with the victory.
In the bottom of the first, the Cubs’ Stan Hack singled and his Chicago teammate Billy Herman reached on an error by Red Sox shortstop Joe Cronin. After an out, the Cardinals’ Joe Medwick brought home Hack with a sacrifice fly.
In the fourth inning, the Giants’ Mel Ott tripled and scored on a single by Ernie Lombardi of the Reds.
One of the wildest plays in All-Star Game history came in the seventh inning with Boston’s Lefty Grove on the mound. The Reds’ Frank McCormick singled to open the inning, and the Dodgers’ Leo Durocher followed with a bunt.
Third baseman Jimmie Foxx of the Philadelphia A’s fielded the ball and threw wild to first. The ball rolled all the way to right field, where the Yankees’ Joe DiMaggio picked it up and threw home to nab McCormick.
Instead, the throw went over the head of catcher Yankees catcher Bill Dickey, allowing McCormick and Durocher to score.
The Reds’ Johnny Vander Meer, who threw consecutive no-hitters that season, started and got the win.
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