1953 All-Star Game

By now the American League was suffering from a bruised ego as the All-Star scales had been visibly tipped toward the National League. They had won three consecutive games in a row and for the first time in a long time, the American League was considered an "underdog."

Even managing genius Casey Stengel could not believe what had happened. After all, he had taken the Yankees to World Series victories in 1949, 1950, 1951 and 1952, but lost the All-Star Game in 1950, 1951 and 1952. Nothing improved in 1953 as the National League continued to dominate as the American League had from 1946 through 1949.

Robin Roberts of the National League and Billy Pierce of the American League each delivered three, uneventful, one-hit innings. Then Allie Reynolds took over for the American League and gave up two runs in the fifth. Warren Spahn took the mound for the National League and then was replaced in the sixth by Curt Simmons.

In what was hailed as one of the greatest defensive plays in All-Star history, Enos Slaughter ran down a line-drive by Harvey Kuenn, making a diving, tumbling grab along the right-field line. In the eighth Stengel brought in forty-seven year-old Satchel Paige to pitch. Denied the chance to play until Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947, Paige had not reached the majors until '48. The National League, however, showed him no respect as he gave up three hits and two earned runs in a single inning. The American League escaped the embarrassment of a shutout in the ninth, putting together three singles for a run, but the effort went unnoticed, as the National League continued their winning-streak for the fourth year in a row.

"One year I hit .291 and had to take a salary cut. If you hit .291 today, you own the franchise." - Enos Slaughter
1953 All-Star Game

Enos Slaughter Autographed Celebrations Card

Game Number

20

Date / Box Score

Location

Attendance ( Rank )

30,846

1 st Pitch

Not Awarded Until 1962

Starting Pitchers

Managers

Coaches

1953 All-Star Game

Line Score

League

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

American

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 0

National

0 0 0 0 2 0 1 2 x 5 10 0

Billy Pierce
Allie Reynolds (L, 4th)
Mike Garcia (6th)
Satchel Paige (8th)

Robin Roberts
Warren Spahn (W, 4th)
Curt Simmons (6th)
Murry Dickson (8th)

None

None

1953 All-Star Game

American League All-Star Squad

3.

Hank Bauer

New York Yankees

OF

7.

Yogi Berra

New York Yankees

C

8.

Chico Carrasquel

Chicago White Sox

SS

Larry Doby

Cleveland Indians

OF

Ferris Fain

Chicago White Sox

1B

Nellie Fox

Chicago White Sox

2B

Mike Garcia

Cleveland Indians

P

1.

Billy Goodman

Boston Red Sox

2B

Billy Hunter

St. Louis Browns

SS

George Kell

Boston Red Sox

3B

Harvey Kuenn

Detroit Tigers

SS

Bob Lemon

Cleveland Indians

P

Did Not Pitch

4.

Mickey Mantle

New York Yankees

OF

Minnie Minoso

Chicago White Sox

OF

Johnny Mize

New York Yankees

1B

Satchel Paige

St. Louis Browns

P

9.

Billy Pierce

Chicago White Sox

P

Starting Pitcher

Allie Reynolds

New York Yankees

P

Phil Rizzuto

New York Yankees

SS

Eddie Robinson

Philadelphia Athletics

1B

5.

Al Rosen

Cleveland Indians

3B

Johnny Sain

New York Yankees

P

Did Not Pitch

2.

Mickey Vernon

Washington Senators

1B

Sammy White

Boston Red Sox

C

Did Not Play

Ted Williams

Boston Red Sox

OF

Did Not Play

6.

Gus Zernial

Philadelphia Athletics

OF

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

1953 All-Star Game

National League All-Star Squad

Richie Ashburn

Philadelphia Phillies

OF

7.

Gus Bell

Cincinnati Reds

OF

5.

Roy Campanella

Brooklyn Dodgers

C

Del Crandall

Milwaukee Braves

C

Replaced - Injury

Murry Dickson

Pittsburgh Pirates

P

Carl Furillo

Brooklyn Dodgers

OF

Did Not Play

Harvey Haddix

St. Louis Cardinals

P

Did Not Pitch

Granny Hamner

Philadelphia Phillies

SS

Gil Hodges

Brooklyn Dodgers

1B

Ralph Kiner

Chicago Cubs

OF

4.

Ted Kluszewski

Cincinnati Reds

1B

6.

Eddie Mathews

Milwaukee Braves

3B

Clyde McCullough

Chicago Cubs

C

Replaced Crandall

3.

Stan Musial

St. Louis Cardinals

OF

1.

Pee Wee Reese

Brooklyn Dodgers

SS

Del Rice

St. Louis Cardinals

C

Replaced - Injury

9.

Robin Roberts

Philadelphia Phillies

P

Starting Pitcher

Jackie Robinson

Brooklyn Dodgers

3B

2.

Red Schoendienst

St. Louis Cardinals

2B

Curt Simmons

Philadelphia Phillies

P

8.

Enos Slaughter

St. Louis Cardinals

OF

Duke Snider

Brooklyn Dodgers

OF

Warren Spahn

Milwaukee Braves

P

Gerry Staley

St. Louis Cardinals

P

Did Not Play

Wes Westrum

New York Giants

C

Replaced Rice

Hoyt Wilhelm

New York Giants

P

Did Not Pitch

Davey Williams

New York Giants

2B

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



The appearance by Satchel Paige in the eighth inning was an All-Star record for oldest pitcher in a Midsummer Classic.

Do you remember the last Midsummer Classic without home run? It was the 1944 All-Star Game . Before that it was the 1938 All-Star Game .

This was the fourth consecutive National League victory matching the previous record of four set by the American League from 1946 through 1949.

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