1945 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
The 1945 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was to have been the 13th annual playing of the midseason exhibition baseball game between the all-stars of the American League and National League, the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was cancelled due to wartime travel restrictions due to United States involvement in World War II, thus marking the only time to date that an all-star game was cancelled. The game was scheduled to be held on July 10, 1945 at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox of the American League. As compensation for losing the game, the stadium was awarded the 1946 game.
Impresario Mike Todd floated the idea of holding the contest in, of all places, newly liberated Berlin. Although baseball's new commissioner, Happy Chandler was reportedly "intrigued" by the idea, it was ultimately dismissed as impractical.
Although there was no formal balloting conducted by Major League Baseball, the Associated Press named their own All-Stars after taking a poll of 13 of the 16 major league managers. The only managers who did not participate were Joe McCarthy of the New York Yankees, Luke Sewell of the St. Louis Browns, and Billy Southworth of the St. Louis Cardinals; the latter two were to have managed the AL and NL, respectively, for the game.
Fred Lieb of The Sporting News wrote an article in the July 12, 1945 issue selecting All-Star teams, even naming starting position players and three possible starting pitchers. Some of Lieb's selections are different than the AP selections.
Players in italics have since been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
- Note: Those selected to the non-official All-Star rosters by the AP or SN who had not been an All-Star before and were never selected to an official All-Star roster in any other season were:
- AL: Russ Christopher, Steve Gromek, Roger Wolff, Mike Tresh, Nick Etten, Eddie Mayo, Oscar Grimes, Mark Christman, and Bobby Estalella.
- NL: Red Barrett, Hal Gregg, Blix Donnelly, Hank Wyse, Ken O'Dea, Eddie Basinski, Goody Rosen, Buster Adams, and Vance Dinges.
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