Unlike the '46 game, this one was a stark contrast to its predecessor. This day would not belong to the hitters as winds in Wrigley stirred and the pitchers were at the top of their game. Ewell Blackwell and Hal Newhouser matched one-hit, three-inning performances. In the fourth inning, Frank Shea gave up a home run to the National League's Johnny Mize. Then the American League tied it in the sixth inning and got the winning run off of Johnny Sain in the seventh. Bobby Doerr singled, stole second, took third on Sain's errant pickoff attempt and scored on a pinch single by Stan Spence. It was an anti-climatic ending to a great pitching duel.
The American League's 2-1 victory gave it a 10-4 lead in the series. These lopsided totals were beginning to upset National League president Ford Frick who was concerned that the fans may lose interest. As most could have predicted, it was going to get worse.
"Everyone agreed that the fans had done an excellent job in picking the two teams. And while one team had one and one had lost, all Major League players profited from the game. For the first time, the players' pension fund was a beneficiary of the All-Star contest and received 75 percent of the $103,315 in gate receipts." - Author David W. Vincent in The Midsummer Classic: The Complete History of Baseball's All-Star Game (Bison Books, 02/01/2001, The 1947 All-Star Game , Page 85)
1947 American League All-Star Squad
1947 National League All-Star Squad
Did you know that when Frank "Spec" Shea of the New York Yankees received the decision (a win) he became the first rookie pitcher to ever earn an All-Star victory? Too easy? Did you know that when Schoolboy Rowe pinch-hit for Warren Spahn , he became the first player to appear in a Midsummer Classic for both an American and National League team?
The second run was scored by Bobby Doerr who singled then stole second base. Johnny Sain tried to pick him off and the ball hit Doerr in the back allowing the runner to advance. Stan Spence then pinch hit a single that scored the go ahead run.
This was the first Midsummer Classic held at the friendly confines in Chicago's Wrigley Field , and the first where the fan's selected the starting eight players!