1954 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
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.
|Date||July 13, 1954|
|Venue||Cleveland Municipal Stadium|
|Attendance||69,751 – Time of Game: 3:10|
|TV announcers||Mel Allen and Gene Kelly|
|Radio announcers||Al Helfer and Jimmy Dudley|
The American League rallied in the bottom of the eighth 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 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 Ávila, 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 regained the lead in the sixth, 8–7, with an RBI-single by Avila off Warren Spahn that brought home Williams.
In the eighth 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 home run against Gene Conley, becoming 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.
- 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.
- Al Rosen became the third player to hit two home runs in an All-Star Game. Arky Vaughan did it in 1941, and Ted Williams did it in 1946. This feat would be matched later by Willie McCovey in 1969 and Gary Carter in 1981.
- This was only the second Midsummer Classic to date with more than sixty-thousand fans in attendance (69,751). The first occurred during the 1935 All-Star Game, which was also held at Cleveland Municipal Stadium (69,812).
- 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.
|National League||American League|
|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|
Players in italics have since been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
|1954 National League All-Star Game roster|
* = Did not play
|1954 American League All-Star Game roster|
* = Did not play
|Home Plate||Eddie Rommel (AL)|
|First Base||Lee Ballanfant (NL)|
|Second Base||Jim Honochick (AL)|
|Third Base||Bill Stewart (NL)|
|Left Field||Joe Paparella (AL)|
|Right Field||Tom Gorman (NL)|
|WP: Stone LP: Conley Sv: Trucks|
NL: Kluszewski, Bell
AL: Rosen 2, Boone, Doby
|How the runs scored|
|AL||3rd||Rosen homered, Miñoso and Avila scored
|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
|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|
Fox singled, Mantle and Berra scored
Play-by-play at Retrosheet
- "Batting - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.
- "1954 All-Star Game Box Score, July 13 - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.
- "1935 All-Star Game Box Score, July 8 - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.