1950 All-Star Game

As the All-Star game entered its third decade, the National League was tired of being baseball's perennial loser. Trailing 12-4 in All-Star Games and losing the three previous World Series, the National League did not have the fans or American League players respect anymore.

Inspired by their poor showing in the previous decades, the National League resolved to make this year different. The 1950 All-Star Game turned out to be the first to go into extra innings, featured two dramatic home runs and produced some of the finest All-Star pitching ever. As usual, the American League was leading (3-2) in the top of the ninth. Then, Ralph Kiner led off with a long home run that tied the score and set the stage for a three-inning pitchers' duel.

Larry Jansen pitched for the National League into the eleventh inning while giving up one hit in five innings. Allie Reynolds matched him, taking the American League into the twelfth and giving up one hit over three innings. Pitcher Ted Gray took over for the American League in the thirteenth and maintained the status quo. In the fourteenth, however, the National League fired another leadoff rocket off the bat of Red Schoendienst. He was an unlikely hero as he had sat for ten innings while Jackie Robinson played second. Entering the game defensively in the eleventh, Schoendienst stepped up in the fourteenth and homered into the left-field stands. Even more disheartening was the American League loss of Ted Williams. While making a running catch of a Kiner drive in the first inning, he ran into the wall and broke his elbow. He stayed in the game, visibly injured, and went one-for-four. Later he underwent surgery and didn't play again until September 15. The National League had gone the distance and made a statement. Finally, they had established a momentum that would last for several years.

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"(Ralph) Kiner can wipe out your lead with one swing." - Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn

1950 All-Star Game

1950 All-Star Game Program

1950 All-Star Game Official Program

Game Number
Date / Box Score
Attendance ( Rank )
1 st Pitch
Not Awarded Until 1962
Starting Pitchers

1950 All-Star Game

Line Score

League 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 R H E
National 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 10 0
American 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 8 1
Robin Roberts
Don Newcombe (4th)
Jim Konstanty (6th)
Larry Jansen (7th)
Ewell Blackwell (W, 12)
Vic Raschi
Bob Lemon (4th)
Art Houtteman (7th)
Allie Reynolds (10th)
Ted Gray (L, 13th)
Bob Feller (14th)
Ralph Kiner (9th)
Red Schoendienst (14th)

1950 All-Star Game

National League All-Star Squad

Ewell Blackwell Cincinnati Reds P
7. Roy Campanella Brooklyn Dodgers C
Walker Cooper Boston Braves C Did Not Play
Gil Hodges Brooklyn Dodgers 1B Did Not Play
Larry Jansen New York Giants P
1. Willie Jones Philadelphia Phillies 3B
2. Ralph Kiner Pittsburgh Pirates OF
Jim Konstanty Philadelphia Phillies P
8. Marty Marion St. Louis Cardinals SS
3. Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals 1B
Don Newcombe Brooklyn Dodgers P
Andy Pafko Chicago Cubs OF
Pee Wee Reese Brooklyn Dodgers SS
9. Robin Roberts Philadelphia Phillies P Starting Pitcher
4. Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers 2B
Preacher Roe Brooklyn Dodgers P Did Not Pitch
Bob Rush Chicago Cubs P Did Not Pitch
6. Hank Sauer Chicago Cubs OF
Red Schoendienst St. Louis Cardinals 2B
Dick Sisler Philadelphia Phillies OF
5. Enos Slaughter St. Louis Cardinals OF
Duke Snider Brooklyn Dodgers OF
Warren Spahn Boston Braves P Did Not Pitch
Eddie Stanky New York Giants 2B Did Not Play
Johnny Wyrostek Cincinnati Reds OF
BOLD = Fan's choice to start the game (Manager chooses pitcher).

1950 All-Star Game

American League All-Star Squad

7. Yogi Berra New York Yankees C
Tommy Byrne New York Yankees P Did Not Pitch
Jerry Coleman New York Yankees 2B
Dom DiMaggio Boston Red Sox OF
Joe DiMaggio New York Yankees OF
2. Larry Doby Cleveland Indians OF
8. Bobby Doerr Boston Red Sox 2B
5. Walt Dropo Boston Red Sox 1B
6. Hoot Evers Detroit Tigers OF
Ferris Fain Philadelphia Athletics 1B
Bob Feller Cleveland Indians P
Ted Gray Detroit Tigers P
Jim Hegan Cleveland Indians C
Tommy Henrich New York Yankees 1B
Art Houtteman Detroit Tigers P
3. George Kell Detroit Tigers 3B
Bob Lemon Cleveland Indians P
Sherm Lollar St. Louis Browns C Did Not Play
Cass Michaels Washington Senators 2B
8. Vic Raschi New York Yankees P Starting Pitcher
Allie Reynolds New York Yankees P
1. Phil Rizzuto New York Yankees SS
Ray Scarborough Chicago White Sox P Did Not Pitch
Vern Stephens Boston Red Sox SS Did Not Play
4. Ted Williams Boston Red Sox OF

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

Game / Box Links: 1950 Box Score | 1950 Play-by-Play
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Did you know that this was the first time where the National League won a Midsummer Classic while playing in an American League ballpark?

Sixteen previous All-Star Games had been played through this date (1933 through 1949) and this was the first to go into extra innings.

In the first inning, Ted Williams caught a long drive hit by Ralph Kiner and slammed his elbow against the wall during the catch. Williams remained in the game until the ninth inning and the next morning was still feeling pain. An x-ray revealed a fractured elbow that put him on the disabled list until the end of the 1950 season.

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