1957 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

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1957 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
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American League 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 6 10 0
National League 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 5 9 1
Date July 9, 1957
Venue Sportsman's Park
City St. Louis, Missouri
Managers American League - Casey Stengel (NYY)
National League - Walter Alston (BKN)
Attendance 30,693
First pitch None
Television NBC
TV announcers Mel Allen and Al Helfer
Radio NBC
Radio announcers Bob Neal and Harry Caray
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The 1957 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 24th playing of the midseason exhibition baseball game 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 9, 1957 at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, Missouri, the home of the St. Louis Cardinals of the National League. The game was marked by controversy surrounding Cincinnati Reds fans stuffing the ballot box and electing all but one of their starting position players to the game. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 6-5.

Cincinnati Redlegs voting controversy[edit]

When fan voting to determine the game's starters was completed, seven Cincinnati Redlegs players (Ed Bailey, Johnny Temple, Roy McMillan, Don Hoak, Frank Robinson, Gus Bell and Wally Post) had been elected to start in the All-Star Game; the only non-Redleg elected to start for the National League was St. Louis Cardinal first baseman Stan Musial. Most baseball observers agreed that while the Redlegs were known to be a great offensive team with many outstanding position players, they did not deserve seven starters in the All-Star Game.

An investigation launched by Commissioner Ford Frick found that over half of the ballots cast came from Cincinnati, with the Cincinnati Enquirer printing up pre-marked ballots and distributing them with the Sunday edition of the newspaper to make it easy for Redlegs fans to vote often for their favorite players, while stories emerged of bars in Cincinnati refusing to serve alcohol to customers until they filled out a ballot.

The real guilty party in this affair was the most popular television/radio host Cincinnati ever had, Ms. Ruth Lyons, Cincinnati's biggest cheerleader, who had a live, 90 minute, five day a week television/radio show simulcast in four different regional cities. The show ran for 40 years with sponsors waiting a year to get an advertisement on the show because one word from Ms.Lyons and all the women in the Cincinnati area would do whatever she asked. During the spring/summer of 1957 Ms. Lyons made a point of urging everyone to vote for the Reds all stars. It was Ms. Lyons who urged all the Cincinnati papers to print pre-marked all star ballots. It became a source of civic pride that summer in Cincinnati to the point that, as noted above, bars wouldn't serve anyone unless they filled out a ballot. Those that lived through this in Cincinnati area at the time still insist that Ms. Lyons was the cause of all of this.

Frick appointed Willie Mays of the New York Giants and Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves to substitute for Bell and Post, and to strip the fans of their voting rights; Bell was kept as a reserve, while Post was injured and would have been unable to play in any event. Managers, players, and coaches picked the entire team until 1970, when the vote again returned to the fans, and to avoid a repeat of this incident, MLB officials evenly distributed the 26 million ballots to 75,000 retail outlets and 150 minor and major league stadiums, while a special panel was also created to review the voting.

Rosters[edit]

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

Game[edit]

Umpires[edit]

Home Plate Larry Napp
First Base Frank Dascoli
Second Base Johnny Stevens
Third Base Hal Dixon
Left Field Nestor Chylak
Right Field Stan Landes

Starting lineups[edit]

American League National League
Order Player Team Position Order Player Team Position
1 Harvey Kuenn Tigers SS 1 Johnny Temple Reds 2B
2 Nellie Fox White Sox 2B 2 Hank Aaron Braves RF
3 Al Kaline Tigers RF 3 Stan Musial Cardinals 1B
4 Mickey Mantle Yankees CF 4 Willie Mays Giants CF
5 Ted Williams Red Sox LF 5 Ed Bailey Reds C
6 Vic Wertz Indians 1B 6 Frank Robinson Reds LF
7 Yogi Berra Yankees C 7 Don Hoak Reds 3B
8 George Kell Orioles 3B 8 Roy McMillan Reds SS
9 Jim Bunning Tigers P 9 Curt Simmons Phillies P

Game summary[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
American 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 6 10 0
National 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 5 9 1
WP: Jim Bunning (1-0)   LP: Curt Simmons (0-1)

Footnotes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b Commissioner Ford Frick named them to the starting lineup to replace Gus Bell and Wally Post.

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