1955 All-Star Game

Ironically, this game was played on July 12, the day on which funeral services were held for Arch Ward, the Chicago Tribune sports editor who had founded the game in 1933.

The American League jumped out to an early, 5-0 lead through six innings, then watched as the Natioanl League began a late and triumphant comeback. They scored two runs in the seventh and maintained that momentum with three more in the eighth. In the ninth, pitchers Frank Sullivan (AL) and Joe Nuxhall (NL) matched strikeouts as the All-Star Game went into extra innings for only the second time. Leading off for the senior circuit in the bottom of the twelfth was Stan Musial. He took the first pitch (a fastball) and sent it out of the park. The home run blast was Musial's fourth in All-Star games, breaking a tie with Ted Williams and Ralph Kiner. Once again, the National League had snatched the lead from the American League and never looked back.

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"When Mickey Mantle bunted with the wind, blowing it out of Crosley Field." - Robin Roberts recalling his greatest All-Star moment

1955 All-Star Game

1955 All-Star Game Program

The 1955 Midsummer Classic At-A-Glance

Game Number
Date / Box Score
County Stadium
Attendance ( Rank )
Not Awarded Until 1962
Starting Pitchers

1955 All-Star Game

Line Score

League 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
American 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 10 2
National 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 1 6 13 1
Billy Pierce
Early Wynn (4th)
Whitey Ford (7th)
Frank Sullivan (L, 8th)
Robin Roberts
Harvey Haddix (4th)
Don Newcombe (7th)
Sam Jones (8th)
Joe Nuxhall (8th)
Gene Conley (W, 12th)
Mickey Mantle (1st) Stan Musial (12th)

1955 All-Star Game

American League All-Star Squad

Bobby Avila Cleveland Indians 2B
5. Yogi Berra New York Yankees C
Chico Carrasquel Chicago White Sox SS
Larry Doby Cleveland Indians OF Did Not Play
Dick Donovan Chicago White Sox P Did Not Pitch
8. Jim Finigan Kansas City Athletics 3B
Whitey Ford New York Yankees P
2. Nellie Fox Chicago White Sox 2B
Billy Hoeft Detroit Tigers P Did Not Pitch
Jackie Jensen Boston Red Sox OF
6. Al Kaline Detroit Tigers OF
1. Harvey Kuenn Detroit Tigers SS
Sherm Lollar Chicago White Sox C Did Not Play
4. Mickey Mantle New York Yankees OF
9. Billy Pierce Chicago White Sox P Starting Pitcher
Vic Power Kansas City Athletics 1B
Al Rosen Cleveland Indians 3B
Herb Score Cleveland Indians P Did Not Pitch
Al Smith Cleveland Indians OF
Frank Sullivan Boston Red Sox P
Bob Turley New York Yankees P Did Not Pitch
7. Mickey Vernon Washington Senators 1B
3. Ted Williams Boston Red Sox OF
Jim Wilson Baltimore Orioles P Did Not Pitch
Early Wynn Cleveland Indians P
BOLD = Fan's choice to start the game (Manager chooses pitcher).

1955 All-Star Game

National League All-Star Squad

Hank Aaron Milwaukee Braves OF
Luis Arroyo St. Louis Cardinals P Did Not Pitch
Gene Baker Chicago Cubs 2B
7. Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs SS
Smoky Burgess Cincinnati Reds C
Roy Campanella Brooklyn Dodgers C Replaced - Injury
Gene Conley Milwaukee Braves P
8. Del Crandall Milwaukee Braves C
2. Del Ennis Philadelphia Phillies OF
Harvey Haddix St. Louis Cardinals P
Gil Hodges Brooklyn Dodgers 1B
Randy Jackson Chicago Cubs 3B
Sam Jones Chicago Cubs P
4. Ted Kluszewski Cincinnati Reds 1B
Johnny Logan Milwaukee Braves SS
Stan Lopata Philadelphia Phillies C Replaced Campanella
5. Eddie Mathews Milwaukee Braves 3B
Willie Mays New York Giants OF
6. Don Mueller New York Giants OF
Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals 1B
Don Newcombe Brooklyn Dodgers 1B
Joe Nuxhall Cincinnati Reds P
9. Robin Roberts Philadelphia Phillies P Starting Pitcher
1. Red Schoendienst St. Louis Cardinals 2B
3. Duke Snider Brooklyn Dodgers OF
Frank Thomas Pittsburgh Pirates OF

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

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This was only the second time in All-Star history where the game went into extra innings — the first year it occurred was during the 1950 Midsummer Classic .

Did you know that Mickey Mantle's home run in the first inning scored three runs off Robin Roberts before a single out had been recorded in the game?

Simply try to imagine being Stan Musial in this game - a game winning home run in the twelfth inning on the first pitch you see to leave the opponents on the field.

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