1948 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
|Date||July 13, 1948|
|City||St. Louis, Missouri|
|First pitch||Burt Shotton|
|Radio announcers||Mel Allen, Jim Britt and France Laux|
The 1948 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 15th 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, 1948, at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, Missouri, the home of both the St. Louis Browns of the American League (who were the designated host team) and the St. Louis Cardinals of the National League. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 5–2.
Browns in the game
The lone representative of the host team was Al Zarilla, a reserve outfielder for the AL, who entered the game playing right field in the top of the 5th inning, and was hitless in two at bats.
Players in italics have since been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
- Richie Ashburn, cf
- Red Schoendienst, 2b – starting in place of Eddie Stanky, due to injury
- Stan Musial, lf
- Johnny Mize, 1b
- Enos Slaughter, rf
- Andy Pafko, 3b
- Walker Cooper, c
- Pee Wee Reese, ss
- Ralph Branca, p
- Pat Mullin, rf
- Tommy Henrich, lf - starting in place of Ted Williams, due to injury
- Lou Boudreau, ss
- Joe Gordon, 2b
- Hoot Evers, cf - starting in place of Joe DiMaggio, due to injury
- Ken Keltner, 3b - starting in place of George Kell, due to injury
- George McQuinn, 1b
- Buddy Rosar, c
- Walt Masterson, p
|Home Plate||Charlie Berry||American|
|First Base||Bill Stewart||National|
|Second Base||Joe Paparella||American|
|Third Base||Beans Reardon||National|
The umpires changed assignments in the middle of the fifth inning – Berry and Reardon swapped positions, also Stewart and Paparella swapped positions.
The NL scored two runs in the top of the 1st inning, on a leadoff single by Richie Ashburn, and later a two-run home run by Stan Musial with one out. It would be the only runs the NL would score. The AL got one run back in the bottom of the 2nd inning, on a solo home run by Hoot Evers. They later tied the score at 2–2 in the bottom of the 3rd, after two walks, a steal of third base by Mickey Vernon, and a sacrifice fly from Lou Boudreau. In the bottom of the 4th, the AL pulled ahead with 3 runs; after loading the bases with two singles and a walk, Vic Raschi drove in two runs with a single, followed by one more run scoring on a lineout by Joe DiMaggio. With the AL up 5–2, there would be no more scoring, despite the NL loading the bases in the 6th inning.
- "American League 5, National League 2". Retrosheet. 13 Jul 1948. Retrieved 22 Oct 2016.