1937 was a good year to be a Yankee fan. They won 102 games, finished 13 games ahead of the second-place Tigers, and won the World Series in five games over the crosstown Giants. They led the league in runs scored with 979, a number that the Bombers have yet to reach since. In the midst of the season, they did their fans proud with an impressive showing in the All-Star Game.
The five pinstriped participants included Lefty Gomez, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Bill Dickey and Red Rolfe. Gomez was the best pitcher in baseball that year (21-11, 2.33 ERA, 278 ip) and DiMaggio was the best position player (.346/.412/.673). In fact, Gomez, DiMaggio and Gehrig were the three best players in the AL in 1937 (via WAR), totaling more than 26 wins above replacement. DiMaggio and Gehrig finished second and fourth in MVP voting, respectively, and Gomez finished ninth. (The Cy Young Award wasn't established until 1956.)
In the midsummer classic, played at Washington's Griffith Stadium, Yankee batters went 7-16 with two doubles, a triple and a homer. Rolfe tripled off future Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell and Gehrig homered against future Hall of Famer Dizzy Dean. The full breakdown:
Rolfe: 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, 3B
DiMaggio: 1-4, R, BB (He also threw out a runner at home)
Gehrig: 2-4, R, 4 RBI, 2B, HR
Dickey: 2-3, R, RBI, BB, 2B
Needless to say, the AL won the contest 8-3. And for good measure, Gomez got the win, getting the start and tossing three shutout innings. He retired nine of the 10 batters he faced, including four future Hall of Famers: Paul Waner, ('37 MVP) Joe Medwick, Johnny Mize and Gabby Hartnett.
There has not been a better showing by Yankee players in All-Star Game history. And they'll have a hard time ever topping it.