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.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"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).

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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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