1952 All-Star Game

For the first time in the history of the All-Star game, an exhibition was called short due to mother nature. Although this outing only lasted five innings (due to rain), it did mark the third consecutive "win" by the new and improved National League.

With the American League leading 2-1 and Bob Lemon pitching, the National League regained its momentum and came back in the fourth. First, a pitch hit Stan Musial. Then Hank Sauer drove Lemon's first pitch onto the left-field roof. Once again, pitching stood out as Bobby Shantz put on a stunning display in the fifth, striking out Whitey Lockman, Jackie Robinson and Stan Musial. Unfortunately, the game was called before he could try to tie Carl Hubbell's record of five in a row. The American League felt slighted and many believed that they would have made a comeback if not for the premature ending. The National League however, did not debate the call.

"I wouldn't trade Sauer for both (Robin) Roberts and (Joe) Black. I can't tell you how many games he won for us with his bat. He catches any fly ball he gets close to, saved games for us with his throwing, and played when I thought he couldn't even swing a bat. I don't know how a guy could be more valuable than that." - Phil Cavarretta
1952 All-Star Game

1952 All-Star Game Program
1952 All-Star Game Official Program

Game Number

19

Date / Box Score

Location

Attendance ( Rank )

32,785

Not Awarded Until 1962

Starting Pitchers

Managers

Coaches

1952 All-Star Game

Line Score

League

1 2 3 4 5 R H E

American

0 0 0 2 0 2 5 0

National

1 0 0 2 0 3 3 0

Vic Raschi
Bob Lemon (L, 3rd)
Bobby Shantz (5th)

Curt Simmons
Bob Rush (W, 4th)
-

None
-

Jackie Robinson (1st)
Hank Sauer (4th)

1952 All-Star Game

American League All-Star Squad

7.

Bobby Avila

Cleveland Indians

2B

2.

Hank Bauer

New York Yankees

OF

5.

Yogi Berra

New York Yankees

C

1.

Dom DiMaggio

Boston Red Sox

OF

Larry Doby

Cleveland Indians

OF

Ferris Fain

Philadelphia Athletics

1B

Did Not Play

Nellie Fox

Chicago White Sox

2B

Did Not Play

Mike Garcia

Cleveland Indians

P

Did Not Pitch

Jim Hegan

Cleveland Indians

C

Did Not Play

Jackie Jensen

Washington Senators

OF

Eddie Joost

Philadelphia Athletics

SS

George Kell

Boston Red Sox

3B

Replaced - Injury

Bob Lemon

Cleveland Indians

P

Mickey Mantle

New York Yankees

OF

Did Not Play

Gil McDougald

New York Yankees

2B

Replaced Kell

Minnie Minoso

Chicago White Sox

OF

3.

Dale Mitchell

Cleveland Indians

OF

Satchel Paige

St. Louis Browns

P

Did Not Pitch

9.

Vic Raschi

New York Yankees

P

Starting Pitcher

Allie Reynolds

New York Yankees

P

Did Not Pitch

8.

Phil Rizzuto

New York Yankees

SS

6.

Eddie Robinson

Chicago White Sox

1B

4.

Al Rosen

Cleveland Indians

3B

Bobby Shantz

Philadelphia Athletics

P

Vic Wertz

Detroit Tigers

OF

Did Not Play

Eddie Yost

Washington Senators

3B

Did Not Play

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

1952 All-Star Game

National League All-Star Squad

Toby Atwell

Chicago Cubs

C

Did Not Play

5.

Roy Campanella

Brooklyn Dodgers

C

Alvin Dark

New York Giants

SS

Did Not Play

Carl Furillo

Brooklyn Dodgers

OF

Did Not Play

8.

Granny Hamner

Philadelphia Phillies

SS

Grady Hatton

Cincinnati Reds

3B

Did Not Play

Jim Hearn

New York Giants

P

Replaced Roe

Gil Hodges

Brooklyn Dodgers

1B

Did Not Play

Monte Irvin

New York Giants

OF

Replaced - Injury

Ralph Kiner

Pittsburgh Pirates

OF

Did Not Play

1.

Whitey Lockman

New York Giants

1B

Sal Maglie

New York Giants

P

Did Not Pitch

3.

Stan Musial

St. Louis Cardinals

OF

Pee Wee Reese

Brooklyn Dodgers

SS

Robin Roberts

Philadelphia Phillies

P

Did Not Pitch

2.

Jackie Robinson

Brooklyn Dodgers

2B

Preacher Roe

Brooklyn Dodgers

P

Replaced - Injury

Bob Rush

Chicago Cubs

P

4.

Hank Sauer

Chicago Cubs

OF

Red Schoendienst

St. Louis Cardinals

2B

Did Not Play

9.

Curt Simmons

Philadelphia Phillies

P

Starting Pitcher

6.

Enos Slaughter

St. Louis Cardinals

OF

Duke Snider

Brooklyn Dodgers

OF

Did Not Play

Warren Spahn

Boston Braves

P

Did Not Pitch

Gerry Staley

St. Louis Cardinals

P

Did Not Pitch

7.

Bobby Thomson

New York Giants

3B

Wes Westrum

New York Giants

C

Did Not Play

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



Bobby Shantz entered the 1952 Midsummer Classic during the fifth inning and struck out Whitey Lockman , Jackie Robinson and Stan Musial in succession. Shantz finished the 1952 season 24-7, and even though the A's went 79-75, he won the American League Most Valuable Player Award .

At the top of the fourth inning, Bob Lemon hit Stan Musial with a pitch. The American League had a 2-1 lead and the next batter, Hank Sauer of the Chicago Cubs, drove the first pitch he saw onto the left-field roof scoring the game winning runs.

The rain on July 8th: 1. Started early in the morning and prevented both teams from having any pre-game warm ups. 2. Delayed the first-pitch twenty-minutes. 3. Caused the game to be called after the fifth inning.

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