Ex-All-Star Max West Dies at 87
The Associated Press
01/05/04 20:57 EST
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Max West, a major leaguer who hit a home run in his first All-Star game at-bat, has died at 87.
West, whose three-run homer in the first inning keyed the National League's victory in the 1940 All-Star game, died Dec. 31 of brain cancer at an assisted living facility in Sierra Madre, said his daughter, Cindy.
West had a seven-year career in the major leagues with the Boston Bees, Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates.
His best season was 1939 for the Bees (later the Braves) when he hit .285 with 19 home runs and 82 RBIs.
In the 1940 game at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, West subbed for ailing New York Giants slugger Mel Ott and hit his home run off the Yankees' Red Ruffing. The National League won the game 4-0, the first shutout in All-Star game history.
Along with his daughter, Cindy, of Sierra Madre, West is survived by a son, Ralph, also of Sierra Madre; a sister, Mary Fields, of La Verne, and three grandchildren.
At West's request, there will be no services.