Detroit Tigers Greatest All-Star Game Memories

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Jan 25, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Flags fly above the stadium facade during practice the day before the Stadium Series hockey game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

1939 – Bridges Records the Win

The 1939 All-Star Game was the first played at Yankee Stadium. Lou Gehrig, diagnosed with ALS early in the season sat on the bench as the AL’s honorary captain while the Tigers Hank Greenberg manned first base.

Tommy Bridges entered the game in the fourth with the American League losing 1-0 and retired six of the first seven batters he faced.

Greenberg played a part in the fourth inning scoring that gave the AL the lead. With one out he singled to left field, sending catcher Bill Dickey to second. George Selkirk singled to score Dickey, sending Greenberg to third. He scored one batter later on an error by shortstop Arky Vaghaun.

Bridges ran into trouble in the sixth when the National League loaded the bases with one out but rookie Bob Feller came in to get the inning ending double play. Feller closed the game to get the save.

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