1939 National Football League All-Star Game

1939 National Football League All-Star Game

1939 NFL All-star Game
1 2 3 4 Total
New York Giants 0 3 0 10 13
All-America All-stars 0 3 0 7 10
Date January 15, 1939
Stadium Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California
MVP none selected
Attendance 15,000
TV in the United States
Network not televised
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The 1939 National Football League All-star Game was the professional football league's first-ever all-star game. The game pitted the New York Giants, the league's champion for the 1938 season, against a team of all-stars. The game was played on Sunday, January 15, 1939, at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles, California in front of 15,000 fans. The Giants defeated the all-stars by a score of 13–10.[1]

The players on the all-star squad were selected by fan balloting.[2]


  • Rosters 1
    • All-American All-Stars Roster 1.1
    • New York Giants roster 1.2
  • References 2


The players involved in this game were:[1][3][4]

All-American All-Stars Roster

Position: Starters: Reserves:
Quarterback Erny Pinckert, Washington Redskins Stu Smith, Pittsburgh Pirates
Ed Goddard, Cleveland Rams
Gordon Gore, Los Angeles Bulldogs
Johnny Drake, Cleveland Rams
Cecil Isbell, Green Bay Packers
Left Halfback Sammy Baugh, Washington Redskins
Right Halfback Lloyd Cardwell, Detroit Lions
Fullback Clarke Hinkle, Green Bay Packers
Left End Gaynell Tinsley, Chicago Cardinals Bob McChesney, Washington Redskins
Joe Carter, Philadelphia Eagles
Bill Moore, Los Angeles Bulldogs
Right End Perry Schwartz, Brooklyn Dodgers
Left Tackle Joe Stydahar, Chicago Bears Ernie Smith, Hollywood Stars
Right Tackle Frank Kinard, Brooklyn Dodgers
Left Guard Byron Gentry, Pittsburgh Pirates Owen Hanson, Hollywood Stars
Bill Radovich, Detroit Lions
Russ Letlow, Green Bay Packers
Right Guard Pete Mehringer, Los Angeles Bulldogs
Center John Wiatrak, Cleveland Rams Phil Dougherty, Chicago Cardinals

New York Giants roster

Position: Starters: Reserves:
Quarterback Nello Falaschi Tuffy Leemans
Len Barnum
John Karcis
Kink Richards
Johnny Gildea
Dale Burnett
Leland Shaffer
Left Halfback Hank Soar
Right Halfback Ward Cuff
Fullback Ed Danowski
Left End Jim Lee Howell Hap Barnard
Chuck Gelatka
Jack Haden
Right End Jim Poole
Left Tackle Ed Widseth Frank Cope
John Mellus
Right Tackle Ox Parry
Left Guard Orville Tuttle Pete Cole
Right Guard Kayo Lunday
Center Mel Hein Stan Galazin


  1. ^ a b "Giants Beat Stars; Ward Cuff Is Hero".  
  2. ^ "Giants Meet All-Stars in Last of Bowl Games".  
  3. ^ Guenther, Jack (January 16, 1939). "N.Y. Giants Winners of Pro Title".  
  4. ^ Crawford, Fred R. (1990). "The First Pro Bowl Game" (PDF). The Coffin Corner 12 (4). Archived from the original on January 31, 2012. Retrieved January 31, 2012.