Pitchers: SIMMONS, Burdette (2), Sanford (6), Jackson (7), Labine (9)
Home Runs: None
An avalanche of votes from Cincinnati elected Reds to eight National League starting positions. The only non-Red was first baseman Stan Musial. Commissioner Ford Frick arbitrarily named Willie Mays and Hank Aaron to the starting team, but the American League still won.
1957: NL Comeback Falls Short
The 1957 game at St Louis' Sportsman's Park was a tight affair, with the score standing at a 3-2 AL lead after eight innings. The ninth provided enough fireworks for an entire game as the American League pushed across three runs to make it 6-2 and seemingly clinch victory. But the NL came back hard in the bottom of the ninth. After Stan Musial opened with a walk, Willie Mays tripled into the corner to score Stan the Man. Then Mays trotted home courtesy of a wild pitch by Chicago's Billy Pierce, cutting the lead to 6-4 AL. After Pierce put two more men on, Don Mossi came in from the pen and got the first out on a K of Braves' slugger Eddie Mathews. Ernie Banks singled to drive in a run, but Gus Bell was gunned down trying to take third on the play for the second out. Gil Hodges stepped in and shot a bullet into left field on a line, only to see it speared by a running Minnie Minoso for the final out of the game. The AL had held on for a tough 6-5 victory.
Joe De Maestri+
* Named to team but replaced due to injury
+ Did not enter game
Ralph Kiner, right, Pittsburgh Pirate slugger, enjoys a chat with another slugging great, Boston's Ted Williams before the start of the All-Star game at Comiskey Park, Chicago, IL, July 11, 1950.
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