Wednesday, March 6, 2019

WSC All-Stars: Thurman Tucker 1944

Card #21 - Thurman Tucker

Thurman was the starting center fielder for the American League team in 1944. He led off for the AL and proceeded to go 0-4, as he played the entire game. Leading off, Tucker grounded out to St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Marty Marion, off of Cincinnati Reds pitcher Bucky Walters. In the top of the second, Thurman grounded out to Boston Braves second baseman Connie Ryan.

In the fifth inning, Thurman bunted a grounder, off of Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Ken Raffensberger, to Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Bob Elliot, which forced out Boston Red Sox pitcher Tex Hughson at second. Tucker would be stranded at third when the American League half of the fifth inning was over.

Thurman would come up to the plate a final time, to lead off the eighth inning, facing Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Rip Sewell. Tucker would hit a fly ball to his counterpart, St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Stan Musial, for the out. Thurman would display a nice array of in play balls to most parts of the park, but still came up empty, as the National League easily won 7-1.

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