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On This Date in Cardinals History: July 7, 1936

On this day 7 years ago the National League won its first All-Star game in the event's four-year history, defeating the American League 4-3 with the help of Cardinals superstar Dizzy Dean and four of his teammates.

Dean, who was 24-13 with a 3.17 ERA in 1936, started the game and pitched three hitless innings as the NL jumped to a 2-0 lead. Cubs outfielder Frank Demaree singled to lead off the bottom of the second and scored when his Chicago teammate Gabby Hartnett tripled. Phillies third baseman Pinky Whitney belted a sacrifice fly to center to drive Hartnett home.

In the fourth the Senior Circuit extended the lead when Cubs flychaser Augie Galan homered with one out. Chicago second baseman Billy Hermann doubled and went to third base on an error by Yankees outfielder Joe DiMaggio. Cardinals first baseman Ripper Collins walked, then St. Louis outfielder Joe Medwick added another run with an RBI single.

All three American League runs came in the seventh inning against Cubs pitcher Curt Davis. Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig homered to make the score 4-1. White Sox shortstop Luke Appling singled in Goose Goslin of the Tigers and Jimmy Foxx of the Athletics to make it 4-3. But that's all the closer the junior circuit could get.

St. Louis shortstop Leo Durocher was 1-for-3 in the game. Cardinals second baseman Stu Martin was selected to be on the All-Star roster but did not make it into the game.