REMEMBERING THE 1939
ALL-STAR GAME AT YANKEE STADIUM
buzz for the 2016 All-Star Game is
all about a National League starting infield of the Chicago Cubs and a
dozen Boston Red Sox on the American League roster. Flashback to 1939
Yankee Stadium and there is plenty of buzz about that time.
It was only the seventh
ever played. Yankee Stadium was selected as the site in order for it to
with the 1939 New York City World’s Fair. A box seat ticket for the
Game cost $2.20. Bleacher seats were 55 cents. One could buy a
scorecard for a
the week before “Lou Gehrig Day” had been
staged at the Stadium. Now the “Iron Horse” was on hand as an honorary
of the American League team.
“It was a beautiful day,”
remembered. “Not too hot, but warm enough. It was just a beautiful day
There were 62,892 jammed
into the big
ballpark in the Bronx. When the American League lineup was announced, a
out: "Make Joe McCarthy play an All-Star American League team. We can
them, but we can't beat the Yankees.”
Six starters were Yankees – Red Rolfe, Bill
Dickey, George Selkirk, Joe Gordon, Red
Ruffing and Joe DiMaggio. With manager Joe McCarthy, and
Frank Crosetti, Lefty Gomez and Johnny
were ten Yankees on the All-Star team.
if Lou Gehrig was counted.
The SRO crowd
was especially charged up seeing Yankee favorite hurler Red Ruffing
game and all position starters play the entire contest. Joe DiMaggio’s
run highlighted the 3-1 American League triumph in a game that took
hour and 55 minutes to play. Times sure have changed.
After the All-Star break, the Yanks went on a
tear winning 35 of 49 games. The "Yankee Clipper" finished first in
batting average, second in RBIs and third in home runs.
Bill Dickey, George Selkirk, Joe Gordon
and Joe DiMaggio drove in more than 100 runs each. The
Yankees led the American League in home
runs, RBIs, slugging percentage, walks, runs, and fielding percentage.
nearly 150 runs fewer than any other team in the league, the Yankees outscored their opponents by 411, a
greater run differential than any other team in history. They took the
finishing 17 games ahead of second place Boston.
No wonder they had so many players on that 1939
Harvey Frommer, a professor at Dartmouth College in the MALS program,
is in his
40th year of writing books. A noted oral historian and sports
journalist, he is
the author of 42 sports books including the classics: best-selling “New
City Baseball, 1947-1957″ and best-selling Shoeless Joe and Ragtime
well as his acclaimed Remembering Yankee Stadium and best-selling
Fenway Park. His highly praised When It Was Just a Game: Remembering
Super Bowl was published last fall.
Frommer Baseball Classic –
Remembering Yankee Stadium (Second Edition) is his newest sports
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