1956 All-Star Game

The scorecards at this game must of read like a directory at the Baseball Hall Of Fame. Willie Mays and Stan Musial hit two home runs for the National League. Mickey Mantle (during his infamous Triple Crown season) and Ted Williams hit two home runs for the American League.

Another stand out player was third baseman Ken Boyer who had three hits and three dazzling plays in the field. Once again, the National League won (for the sixth time in seven games) and closed the gap in the series to 13-10. Yankee Manager Casey Stengel continued to suffer at the hands of the senior circuit. He was 1-5 in All-Star games and finding it impossible to match his opponents momentum.

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1956 All-Star Game

1956 All-Star Game Program

1956 All-Star Game Official Program

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Date / Box Score
Attendance ( Rank )
Not Awarded Until 1962
Starting Pitchers

1956 All Star Game

Line Score

League 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National 0 0 1 2 1 1 2 0 0 7 11 0
American 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 11 0
Bob Friend (W)
Warren Spahn (4th)
Johnny Antonelli (6th)
Billy Pierce (L)
Whitey Ford (4th)
Jim Wilson (5th)
Tom Brewer (6th)
Herb Score (8th)
Early Wynn (9th)
Willie Mays (4th)
Stan Musial (7th)
Ted Williams (6th)
Mickey Mantle (6th)

1956 All-Star Game

National League All-Star Squad

Hank Aaron Milwaukee Braves OF
Johnny Antonelli New York Giants P
7. Ed Bailey Cincinnati Reds C
Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs SS Did Not Play
5. Gus Bell Cincinnati Reds OF
4. Ken Boyer St. Louis Cardinals 3B
Roy Campanella Brooklyn Dodgers C
Del Crandall Milwaukee Braves C Replaced - Injury
9. Bob Friend Pittsburgh Pirates P Starting Pitcher
Jim Gilliam Brooklyn Dodgers 2B Did Not Play
Ted Kluszewski Cincinnati Reds 1B
Clem Labine Brooklyn Dodgers P Did Not Pitch
Brooks Lawrence Cincinnati Reds P Did Not Pitch
6. Dale Long Pittsburgh Pirates 1B
Stan Lopata Philadelphia Phillies C Replaced Crandall
Eddie Mathews Milwaukee Braves 3B Did Not Play
Willie Mays New York Giants OF
8. Roy McMillan Cincinnati Reds SS
3. Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals OF
Joe Nuxhall Cincinnati Reds P Did Not Pitch
Rip Repulski St. Louis Cardinals OF
Robin Roberts Philadelphia Phillies P Did Not Pitch
2. Frank Robinson Cincinnati Reds OF
Duke Snider Brooklyn Dodgers OF
Warren Spahn Milwaukee Braves P
1. Johnny Temple Cincinnati Reds 2B
BOLD = Fan's choice to start the game (Manager chooses pitcher).

1956 All-Star Game

American League All-Star Squad

5. Yogi Berra New York Yankees C
Ray Boone Detroit Tigers 3B
Tom Brewer Boston Red Sox P
Whitey Ford New York Yankees P
2. Nellie Fox Chicago White Sox 2B
6. Al Kaline Detroit Tigers OF
8. George Kell Baltimore Orioles 3B
Johnny Kucks New York Yankees P Did Not Pitch
1. Harvey Kuenn Detroit Tigers SS
Sherm Lollar Chicago White Sox C
4. Mickey Mantle New York Yankees OF
Billy Martin New York Yankees 2B
Charlie Maxwell Detroit Tigers OF Did Not Play
Gil McDougald New York Yankees SS Did Not Play
Ray Narleski Cleveland Indians P Replaced - Injury
9. Billy Pierce Chicago White Sox P Starting Pitcher
Jim Piersall Boston Red Sox OF
Vic Power Kansas City Athletics 1B
Herb Score Cleveland Indians P Replaced Narleski
Roy Sievers Washington Senators OF
Harry Simpson Kansas City Athletics OF
Frank Sullivan Boston Red Sox P Did Not Pitch
7. Mickey Vernon Boston Red Sox 1B
3. Ted Williams Boston Red Sox OF
Jim Wilson Chicago White Sox P
Early Wynn Cleveland Indians P

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

Game / Box Links: 1956 Box Score | 1956 Play-by-Play
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Bob Friend and Warren Spahn were both nursing a 5-0 shutout until the sixth inning when Spahn was rocked by the first three batters he faced: Nellie Fox , who hit a single, Ted Williams , who hit a home run, and Mickey Mantle , who followed with another home run.

Had their been an All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award during the 1956 Midsummer Classic it would have "probably" gone to Ken Boyer who went three for five, drove in a run, scored a run and made three truly spectacular fielding plays during the game. Agree with us? Disagree? Tell us on Baseball Fever .

Did you know that the attendance at the 1956 Midsummer Classic was the lowest since the 1938 All-Star Game ?

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