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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.

Impressario 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.

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Unofficial Rosters

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.

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American League

Pitchers
Position Player Team
P Roger Wolff Yankees
P Russ Christopher Athletics
P Dave Ferriss Red Sox
P Steve Gromek Indians
P Thornton Lee White Sox
P Dutch Leonard Senators
P Hal Newhouser Tigers
P Allie Reynolds Indians
Position Players
Position Player Team
C Rick Ferrell Senators
C Frankie Hayes Indians
C Mike Tresh White Sox
1B Nick Etten Yankees
1B George McQuinn Browns
2B Eddie Mayo Tigers
2B Snuffy Stirnweiss Yankees
3B Tony Cuccinello White Sox
3B Oscar Grimes Yankees
SS Lou Boudreau Indians
SS Vern Stephens Browns
OF George Case Senators
OF Doc Cramer Tigers
OF Hank Greenberg Tigers
OF Jeff Heath Indians
OF Bob Johnson Red Sox
OF Wally Moses White Sox

National League

Pitchers
Position Player Team
P Red Barrett Braves
P Mort Cooper Cardinals
P Hal Gregg Dodgers
P Van Mungo Giants
P Claude Passeau Cubs
P Preacher Roe Pirates
P Rip Sewell Pirates
P Hank Wyse Cubs
Position Players
Position Player Team
C Ernie Lombardi Giants
C Phil Masi Braves
C Ken O'Dea Cardinals
1B Phil Cavarretta Cubs
1B Frank McCormick Reds
2B Don Johnson Cubs
2B Emil Verban Cardinals
3B Bob Elliott Pirates
3B Stan Hack Cubs
3B Whitey Kurowski Cardinals
SS Marty Marion Cardinals
OF Tommy Holmes Braves
OF Mel Ott Giants
OF Andy Pafko Cubs
OF Goody Rosen Dodgers
OF Dixie Walker Dodgers
  • Note: Those selected to the non-official All-Star rosters by the AP who had not been an All-Star before and were never selected again were:
    • AL: Christopher, Etten, Grimes, Gromek, Mayo and Tresh.
    • NL: Barrett, O'Dea, Rosen and Wyse.

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