Ted Williams At The All-Star Game

Ted Williams In Action At The 1946 & 1947 All-Star Games

Ted Williams hitting a home run off of Rip Sewell's blooper pitch in the 1946 All-Star game

Ted Williams hitting a home run off of Rip Sewell’s blooper pitch in the 1946 All-Star game

One of the most famous moments in the history of baseball’s All Star game occurred when Ted Williams connected for a long home run on a Rip Sewell eephus or blooper pitch in the July 9, 1946 game held at Boston’s Fenway Park. The eighth inning homer came with the American League holding an 8-0 lead. The home run definitely put a charge into the bored crowd. The game ended up being a 12-0 American League blowout over the National League.

Rip Sewell said it was the only time anyone ever hit a home run off of his high arc, super slow blooper pitch. What many people do not know is that Williams fouled off the first eephus pitch Sewell threw. Williams challenged Sewell to throw the pitch again, which he did. Below is Sewell describing the homer and film footage of the famous clout.

In 1947 Ted Williams started again in left field for the American League All-Star team and went two for four in an A.L. 2-1 victory. Unlike modern All-Star games where everyone seems to get in to the game, the big stars in the old time All-Star games like Ted Williams and  Joe DiMaggio would play the entire game.

Ted Williams slides into second base with a double. Marty Marion is taking the throw.
Chicago, July 8 – Williams Doubles For American League

Left fielder Ted Williams (sliding) of American League team slides into second base with a double in fourth inning of All-Star game at Wrigley Field today as National League shortstop Marty Marion awaits throw-in from right field. credit: AP

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