1948 All-Star Game

For the first time, the American League entered the game at a decided disadvantage. Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams were hobbled by injuries that limited them to pinch-hitting and George Kell, the game's premier third baseman, missed the game with an ankle injury. Many felt that this may be an opportunity for the National League to capitalize on the American League's misfortunes and take a first step toward evening up the All-Star wins.

Unfortunately for the National League, they were wrong. In the fourth inning, the American League loaded the bases off of pitcher Johnny Schmitz. Ken Keltner and George McQuinn singled and Birdie Tebbetts walked, loading the bases. Manager Bucky Harris let pitcher Vic Raschi bat and he singled into left, scoring Keltner and McQuinn and sending Tebbetts to third. In order to prevent another run, Schmitz was pulled and Johnny Sain was summoned from the bullpen in relief. It didn't help as he gave up a liner to DiMaggio. It scored Tebbetts and made the score, 5-2. It remained that as the American League added yet another W in their win column. Many felt that the game was becoming too routine, but change was on the horizon.

"He (Hank Aaron) could run, field, throw, and of course, hit. He has such great wrists, like Ernie Banks. And, it was hard to fool him." - Vic Raschi
1948 All-Star Game

1948 All-Star Game Program
1948 All-Star Game Official Program

Game Number


Date / Box Score


Sportsman's Park

Attendance ( Rank )


1 st Pitch

Burt Shooton

Not Awarded Until 1962

Starting Pitchers



1948 All Star Game

Line Score


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E


2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 0


0 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 x 5 6 0

Ralph Branca
Johnny Schmitz (L, 4th)
Johnny Sain (4th)
Ewell Blackwell (6th)

Walt Masterson
Vic Raschi (W, 4th)
Joe Coleman (7th)

Stan Musial (1st)

Hoot Evers (2nd)

1948 All-Star Game

National League All-Star Squad


Richie Ashburn Philadelphia Phillies OF

Ewell Blackwell

Cincinnati Reds P


Ralph Branca

Brooklyn Dodgers P S tarting Pitcher

Harry Brecheen St. Louis Cardinals P Did Not Pitch


Walker Cooper New York Giants C

Bob Elliott Boston Braves 3B

Sid Gordon New York Giants 3B Did Not Play

Frankie Gustine Pittsburgh Pirates 3B

Tommy Holmes Boston Braves OF

Buddy Kerr New York Giants SS

Ralph Kiner Pittsburgh Pirates OF

Marty Marion St. Louis Cardinals SS Replaced - Injury

Phil Masi Boston Braves C

Clyde McCullough Chicago Cubs C Did Not Play


Johnny Mize New York Giants 1B


Stan Musial

St. Louis Cardinals OF


Andy Pafko Chicago Cubs 3B


Pee Wee Reese Brooklyn Dodgers SS

Elmer Riddle Pittsburgh Pirates P Did Not Pitch

Bill Rigney New York Giants 2B Replaced Stanky

Johnny Sain

Boston Braves P

Johnny Schmitz

Chicago Cubs P


Red Schoendienst St. Louis Cardinals 2B


Enos Slaughter St. Louis Cardinals OF

Eddie Stanky Boston Braves 2B Replaced - Injury

Bobby Thomson New York Giants OF

Eddie Waitkus Chicago Cubs 1B

BOLD = Fan's choice to start the game (Manager chooses pitcher).

1948 All-Star Game

American League All-Star Squad

Yogi Berra New York Yankees C Did Not Play


Lou Boudreau Cleveland Indians SS

Joe Coleman

Philadelphia Athletics P

Joe DiMaggio New York Yankees OF

Joe Dobson Boston Red Sox P Replaced Feller

Bobby Doerr Boston Red Sox 2B


Hoot Evers Detroit Tigers OF

Bob Feller Cleveland Indians P Replaced - Injury


Joe Gordon Cleveland Indians 2B

Joe Haynes Chicago White Sox P Did Not Pitch


Tommy Henrich New York Yankees OF

George Kell Detroit Tigers 3B Did Not Play


Ken Keltner Cleveland Indians 3B

Bob Lemon Cleveland Indians P Did Not Pitch


Walt Masterson

Washington Senators P S tarting Pitcher


George McQuinn New York Yankees 1B


Pat Mullin Detroit Tigers OF

Hal Newhouser Detroit Tigers P

Joe Page New York Yankees P Did Not Pitch

Vic Raschi

New York Yankees P


Buddy Rosar Philadelphia Athletics C

Vern Stephens Boston Red Sox SS

Birdie Tebbetts Boston Red Sox C

Mickey Vernon Washington Senators 1B

Ted Williams Boston Red Sox OF

Al Zarilla St. Louis Browns OF

BOLD = Fan's choice to start the game (Manager chooses pitcher).

Did you know that this particular All-Star game was the first one ever played where neither league committed an error?

This was the third consecutive victory by the American League and the third time since 1933 that the junior circuit had won three consecutive Midsummer Classics.

This was the second Midsummer Classic held at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis. The first was held on July 9, 1940 , a game best remembered because it was the first All-Star shutout.

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