1942 All-Star Game
By the time that the tenth All-Star Game was played in 1942, the United States had been at war for seven months. Military enlistment and the draft had not yet begun the serious depletion of big-league teams that would take place over the next several years. However, enough players had entered the service to warrant a game July 7 in Cleveland between the winning All-Star team and the Service All-Stars, with proceeds going to the Army-Navy relief fund.
American League manager Joe McCarthy and National League manager Leo Durocher went into the game with very different strategies. Durocher used virtually his whole squad, all twenty-two players, while McCarthy played only eleven. McCarthy used only two pitchers, while Durocher used four. Lou Boudreau led off the first inning with a home run and Tommy Henrich doubled. Mort Cooper looked impressive when he retired Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio, but Rudy York sliced a line drive down the right-field line and into the bleachers. The American League maintained their lead and went on to win for the seventh time in ten All-Star Games.