1957 All-Star Game

Controversy surrounded the 1957 outing as the fanatical Cincinnati voters stuffed the ballot boxes and elected nearly their entire team (minus first baseman George Crowe & the batboy) onto the National League's starting roster. This upset Commissioner Ford Frick greatly and he responded by removing Gus Bell and Wally Post from the starting nine. He also transferred the responsibility for All-Star voting to the players, managers and coaches the next year.

For only the second time in eight years, the American League came up a winner in what was a "one-inning" game (meaning the ninth inning). The American League took a 3-2 lead into the ninth. With Clem Labine pitching, Billy Pierce led off for the junior circuit with an infield single. Then, Gil McDougald was safe when Red Schoendienst fumbled his grounder. Nelson Fox sacrificed the runners up one base and Al Kaline delivered them with a single. Minnie Minoso, who had entered the game defensively in the eighth, drove in Kaline with a double for a 6-2 American League lead.

The National League was determined to mount a comeback as Pierce walked Stan Musial. Then Willie Mays tripled to right, scoring Musial. Mays scored a moment later on a wild pitch to Hank Foiles. He singled and Gus Bell walked. Don Mossi replaced Pierce and struck out Eddie Mathews for the first out. Ernie Banks singled, scoring Foiles and making it 6-5. When Bell tried to go to third on the play, Minoso fielded the ball and fired to Frank Malzone, getting Bell for the second out. Banks went to second on the throw. Gil Hodges was chose to pinch hit for Labine as Bob Grim came in to pitch. He sent a shot to left-center, but Minoso made a spectacular running catch to end the game.

"I can take it if we lose, but I strongly object to our league making a burlesque out of the All-Star Game. I never want to see such an exhibition again." - Commissioner Ford Frick in The Sporting News (Frederick G. Lieb, 07/18/1970)
1957 All-Star Game

1957 All-Star Game Official Program

1957 All-Star Game Official Program

Game Number

24

Date / Box Score

Location

Busch Stadium

Attendance ( Rank )

30,693

Not Awarded Until 1962

Starting Pitchers

Managers

Coaches

1957 All Star Game

Cadaco 1957 All-Star Game

Line Score / Box Score

League

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

American

0
2
0
0
0
1
0
0
3
6
10
0

National

0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
3
5
9
1

Jim Bunning (W)
Billy Loes (4 th )
Early Wynn (7 th )
Billy Pierce (7 th )
Don Mossi (9 th )
Bob Grim (9 th )

None

None

1957 All-Star Game

American League All-Star Squad

7.

Yogi Berra

New York Yankees

C

9.

Jim Bunning

Detroit Tigers

P

Starting Pitcher

Joe DeMaestri

Kansas City Athletics

SS

Did Not Play

2.

Nellie Fox

Chicago White Sox

2B

Bob Grim

New York Yankees

P

Elston Howard

New York Yankees

C

Did Not Play

3.

Al Kaline

Detroit Tigers

OF

8.

George Kell

Baltimore Orioles

3B

1.

Harvey Kuenn

Detroit Tigers

SS

Billy Loes

Baltimore Orioles

P

Frank Malzone

Boston Red Sox

3B

4.

Mickey Mantle

New York Yankees

OF

Charlie Maxwell

Detroit Tigers

OF

Gil McDougald

New York Yankees

SS

Minnie Minoso

Chicago White Sox

OF

Don Mossi

Cleveland Indians

P

Billy Pierce

Chicago White Sox

P

Bobby Richardson

New York Yankees

2B

Did Not Play

Bobby Shantz

New York Yankees

P

Did Not Pitch

Roy Sievers

Washington Senators

OF

Did Not Play

Bill Skowron

New York Yankees

1B

Gus Triandos

Baltimore Orioles

C

Did Not Play

6.

Vic Wertz

Cleveland Indians

1B

5.

Ted Williams

Boston Red Sox

OF

Early Wynn

Cleveland Indians

P

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

1957 All-Star Game

National League All-Star Squad

2.

Hank Aaron

Milwaukee Braves

OF

Johnny Antonelli

New York Giants

P

Did Not Pitch

5.

Ed Bailey

Cincinnati Reds

C

Ernie Banks

Chicago Cubs

SS

Gus Bell

Cincinnati Reds

OF

Lew Burdette

Milwaukee Braves

P

Gino Cimoli

Brooklyn Dodgers

OF

Hank Foiles

Pittsburgh Pirates

C

7.

Don Hoak

Cincinnati Reds

3B

Gil Hodges

Brooklyn Dodgers

1B

Larry Jackson

St. Louis Cardinals

P

Clem Labine

Brooklyn Dodgers

P

Johnny Logan

Milwaukee Braves

SS

Did Not Play

Eddie Mathews

Milwaukee Braves

3B

4.

Willie Mays

New York Giants

OF

8.

Roy McMillan

Cincinnati Reds

SS

Wally Moon

St. Louis Cardinals

OF

3.

Stan Musial

St. Louis Cardinals

1B

6.

Frank Robinson

Cincinnati Reds

OF

Jack Sanford

Philadelphia Phillies

P

Red Schoendienst

Milwaukee Braves

2B

9.

Curt Simmons

Philadelphia Phillies

P

Starting Pitcher

Hal Smith

St. Louis Cardinals

C

Did Not Play

Warren Spahn

Milwaukee Braves

P

Did Not Pitch

1.

Johnny Temple

Cincinnati Reds

2B

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



The quotation made by Ford Frick at the top of the page was in reference to Rip Sewell's "eephus" pitched used during the 1946 All-Star Game .

Total Baseball (1996) wrote, "Cincinnati fans stuffed the ballot boxes." Do you believe the current voting process is fair? Share your opinions with serious fans on our baseball message boards .

The player who was elected by the fans to center field was Gus Bell and the player selected to right field was Wally Post . However, due to the unexpected avalanche of votes Commissioner Frick named Willie Mays and Hank Aaron to the starting positions on his authority.

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