July 7, 1948
In the largest All-Star voting yet, Lou Boudreau and Joe Gordon each were elected by baseball fans to start for the American League in the 15th All-Star Game next week at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis.
Boudreau has been the American League’s selection to play shortstop since 1940, with the exception of 1946 when his vote for an opponent cost him the honor and proved the major factor in returning the balloting to the fans. Boudreau currently is second in the American League in batting average at .358, while Gordon has 16 home runs. This is Boudreau’s fifth All-Star appearance and Gordon’s seventh appearance. Gordon replaced Charlie Gehringer as the AL second baseman in 1939 and has been elected every season since.
Boudreau, Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio were runaway winners at their respective positions. Chicago, St. Louis and Washington failed to have a player elected in the American League starting lineup, and Yankees manager Bucky Harris will select at least one member from each team when choosing the reserves and the pitchers. It is believed Bob Lemon, Ken Keltner and Bob Feller will all be selected to the AL team from the Cleveland Indians.
Votes were tabulated by the Cleveland Plain Dealer and 452 other newspapers nationwide and from as far away as Hawaii. Elected starters are required to play at least the first three innings.
Photo: Cleveland Plain Dealer