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.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

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

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).

Game / Box Links: 1953 Box Score | 1953 Play-by-Play
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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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