1954 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

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1954 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
1954 MLB All-Star Game.gif
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National League 0 0 0 5 2 0 0 2 0 9 14 0
American League 0 0 4 1 2 1 0 3 x 11 17 1
Date July 13, 1954
Venue Cleveland Municipal Stadium
City Cleveland, Ohio
Managers National League - Walter Alston (Brooklyn Dodgers)
American League - Casey Stengel (New York Yankees)
Attendance 69,751 - Time of Game: 3:10
Television NBC Sports
TV announcers Mel Allen and Gene Kelly
Radio Mutual
Radio announcers Al Helfer and Jimmy Dudley
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The 1954 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 21st playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 13, 1954, at Cleveland Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio the home of the Cleveland Indians of the American League.

Summary[edit]

The American League rallied in the bottom of the eight inning, to defeat the National League in an 11–9 slugfest at Cleveland Stadium. Both teams combined for an All-Star Game record 20 runs, on 31 hits, which included six home runs. Al Rosen led the American League offense, going 3-for-4 with two home runs and five runs batted in.

Starters Whitey Ford (AL) and Robin Roberts (NL) matched zeroes until the third inning, when the American League hitters stacked themselves to an early 4–0 lead in the bottom of the inning. Minnie Miñoso opened the frame with a single and Nellie Fox walked, while Roberts struck out Mickey Mantle and retired Yogi Berra on a grounder, but could not overcome a three-run homer by Rosen to make it a 3–0 game. Ray Boone followed with a solo homer before Roberts retired Hank Bauer.

Opening the fourth inning, the National League rallied for five runs to take a 5–4 lead. Sandy Consuegra retired the first batter he faced, but Duke Snider, Ted Kluszewski and Ray Jablonski hit consecutive singles and Jackie Robinson a double, tying the game at four. Bob Lemon relieved Consuegra, but gave up a two-out, RBI-double by the pinch-hitter Don Mueller before retiring Granny Hamner for the third out.

Meanwhile, Chico Carrasquel kept the American League attack alive with a lead-off single in the bottom of the fourth against Johnny Antonelli. Carrasquel moved to third on a one-out single by Miñoso and scored on a sacrifice fly by Beto Avila, tying the score at five.

The National League picked up two more two-out runs off Bob Porterfield in the fifth to pull back in front, 7–5, after a single by Snider and a two-run homer by Kluszewski. In the bottom of the inning, Berra hit a single off Antonelli and Rosen belted his second home run of the game to tie the score at seven.

The American League put the game away in the sixth, 8–7, with an RBI-single by Avila off Warren Spahn that brought home Williams.

In the eight inning, the National League bats stayed hot against Bob Keegan. Willie Mays singled and Gus Bell unloaded it with a pinch-hit, two-run homer to put again away the game, 9–8. Dean Stone came in relief with two outs and Red Schoendienst running on third. Schoendienst attempted to steal home and was thrown out by Stone. This third out set the stage for Larry Doby, who pinch hit for Stone with one out in the bottom of the inning and tied the game with a solo home run against Gene Conley, and with it became the first black player to hit a home run in an All-Star Game. After that, Mantle and Berra singled and Rosen walked to load the bases. Carl Erskine replaced Conley and retired Mickey Vernon for the second out, but gave up a two-RBI single to Fox that sealed the 11–9 victory for the American League.

The American League (7) and the National League (6) used 13 pitchers in the game. Stone took the win (without retiring a batter) and Conley was tagged with the loss while Virgil Trucks earned the save. Trucks walked Snider to open the ninth inning, but retired Stan Musial, Gil Hodges and Randy Jackson for the last three outs of the game.

The win broke a four-game All-Star losing streak for the American League. After this game, the AL led the all-time All-Star Series 13-8.

Notes[edit]

  • The 20 runs scored in the contest set an All-Star Game record which lasted until 1998, when the American League defeated the National League, 13–8, at Coors Field.
  • This was only the second Midsummer Classic to date with more than sixty-thousand fans in attendance (69,751).[2] The first occurred during the 1935 All-Star Game, which was also held at Cleveland Municipal Stadium (69,812).[3]
  • This is the only All-Star Game to date in which one of the managers—in this case Walter Alston—was in his first year of managing the defending league champions he represented. Alston was managing in place of his predecessor as manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Charlie Dressen.

Opening lineups[edit]

National League American League
Player Team Pos Player Team Pos
Granny Hamner Philadelphia Phillies  2B Minnie Miñoso Chicago White Sox  LF
Alvin Dark New York Giants  SS Bobby Ávila Cleveland Indians  2B
Duke Snider Brooklyn Dodgers  CF Mickey Mantle New York Yankees  CF
Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals  RF Yogi Berra New York Yankees    C
Ted Kluszewski Cincinnati Redlegs  1B Al Rosen Cleveland Indians  1B
Ray Jablonski St. Louis Cardinals  3B Ray Boone Detroit Tigers  3B
Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers  LF Hank Bauer New York Yankees  RF
Roy Campanella Brooklyn Dodgers   C Chico Carrasquel Chicago White Sox  SS
Robin Roberts Philadelphia Phillies    P Whitey Ford New York Yankees    P

Rosters[edit]

Players in italics have since been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

1954 National League All-Star Game roster
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1954 American League All-Star Game roster
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  • Did not play

Umpires[edit]

Position Umpire
Home Plate Eddie Rommel
First Base Lee Ballanfant
Second Base Jim Honochick
Third Base Bill Stewart
Left Field Tom Gorman
Right Field Joe Paparella

Line Score[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
NL All-Stars 0 0 0 5 2 0 0 2 0  9 14 0
AL All-Stars 0 0 4 1 2 1 0 3 X 11 17 1
WP: Stone   LP: Conley   Sv: Trucks
Home runs:
NL: Kluszewski, Bell
AL: Rosen 2, Boone, Doby
How the runs scored
Team Inning Play NL AL
AL 3rd Rosen homered, Miñoso and Avila scored
Boone homered
  0   4
NL 4th Kluszewski singled, Snider scored, Musial to third
Jablonski singled, Musial scored, Kluszewski to second
Robinson doubled, Kluszewski and Jablonski scored
Mueller doubled, Robinson scored
  5   4
AL 4th Avila sacrifice fly to left, Carrasquel scored   5   5
NL 5th Kluszewski homered, Snider scored   7   5
AL 5th Rosen homered, Berra scored   7   7
AL 6th Avila singled, Williams scored   7   8
NL 8th Bell homered, Mays scored   9   8
AL 8th Doby homered
Fox singled, Mantle and Berra scored
  9 11

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