1959 All-Star Game

When the Midsummer Classic came to the Steel City in 1959, the fans were expecting a game worthy of the title "All-Star". After all, the previous year's thirteen-hit sleeper had left the fans with a lot to be desired.

In an attempt to rejuvenate their interest, the league administration had decided on a doubleheader (over a two day period) which seemed like a good idea at the time.

Game 1 featured spectacular pitching by the National League's Don Drysdale who was making the first of eight All-Star appearances. He worked three hitless innings while striking out four. Unexpectedly, the National League took a 3-1 lead into the ninth, only to have the American League score three runs. However the National League came back to win it against Whitey Ford in the ninth. First, Ken Boyer singled and moved up on a sacrifice. Then, Hank Aaron tied it with a single, scoring Boyer. Finally, Willie Mays stepped up who was 3-for-3 against Ford in three other All-Star Games. He made it four-for-four with a triple that scored Aaron. Don Elston came in for the National League in the ninth and retired the side.

Game 2 of the doubleheader was played on August 3. For this game, the managers were not bound to a voted-in starting lineup. They could start whomever they pleased from the All-Star rosters.

Unlike the first game, the American League took a lead into the top of the seventh and scored another run as Tony Kubek walked and advanced to second on an errant pickoff attempt. Kubek reached third and Pete Runnels reached first on an Ernie Banks fielding error. Next, Nelson Fox singled Kubek in for a 4-2 lead. The National League tightened it on Jim Gilliam's homer in the bottom of the seventh, however the American League quickly got it back on Rocky Colavito's homer in the top of the eighth.

Both fans and press shared mixed emotions about the new "doubleheader" format, but they were happy that both games had exceeded the pace of the year before. Some felt it was a meaningless series as both teams walked away with a victory.

"This ball club (Tigers) has been so fair and decent to me that I'd prefer to have you give it (his salary) to me when I rate it." - Al Kaline
1959 All-Star Game #1

1959 All-Star Game Cachet

The 1959 Midsummer Classic At-A-Glance

Game Number

26

Date / Box Score

Location

Attendance ( Rank )

35,277

Not Awarded Until 1962

Starting Pitchers

Managers

Coaches

Eddie Sawyer

1959 All-Star Game #1

Line Score

League

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

American

0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 4 8 0

National

1 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 x 5 9 1

Early Wynn
Ryne Duren (4th)
Jim Bunning (7th)
Whitey Ford (L, 8th)
Bud Daley (8th)

Don Drysdale
Lew Burdette (4th)
Roy Face (7th)
Johnny Antonelli (W, 8th)
Don Elston (S, 9th)

Al Kaline (4th)

Eddie Mathews (1st)

1959 All-Star Game #1

American League All-Star Squad

8.

Luis Aparicio

Chicago White Sox

SS

Yogi Berra

New York Yankees

C

Did Not Play

Jim Bunning

Detroit Tigers

P

5.

Rocky Colavito

Cleveland Indians

OF

Bud Daley

Kansas City Athletics

P

Ryne Duren

New York Yankees

P

Whitey Ford

New York Yankees

P

2.

Nellie Fox

Chicago White Sox

2B

3.

Al Kaline

Detroit Tigers

OF

7.

Harmon Killebrew

Washington Senators

3B

Harvey Kuenn

Detroit Tigers

OF

Sherm Lollar

Chicago White Sox

C

Frank Malzone

Boston Red Sox

3B

Mickey Mantle

New York Yankees

OF

Gil McDougald

New York Yankees

SS

1.

Minnie Minoso

Cleveland Indians

OF

Billy Pierce

Chicago White Sox

P

Did Not Pitch

Vic Power

Cleveland Indians

1B

Pete Runnels

Boston Red Sox

2B

Roy Sievers

Washington Senators

1B

4.

Bill Skowron

New York Yankees

1B

6.

Gus Triandos

Baltimore Orioles

C

Hoyt Wilhelm

Baltimore Orioles

P

Did Not Pitch

Ted Williams

Boston Red Sox

OF

9.

Early Wynn

Chicago White Sox

P

Starting Pitcher

BOLD = Manager / player / coach choice to start the game.

1959 All-Star Game #1

National League All-Star Squad

3.

Hank Aaron

Milwaukee Braves

OF

Johnny Antonelli

San Francisco Giants

P

5.

Ernie Banks

Chicago Cubs

SS

Ken Boyer

St. Louis Cardinals

3B

Lew Burdette

Milwaukee Braves

P

Smoky Burgess

Pittsburgh Pirates

C

Did Not Play

6.

Orlando Cepeda

San Francisco Giants

1B

Gene Conley

Philadelphia Phillies

P

Did Not Pitch

8.

Del Crandall

Milwaukee Braves

C

Joe Cunningham

St. Louis Cardinals

OF

Did Not Play

9.

Don Drysdale

Los Angeles Dodgers

P

Starting Pitcher

Don Elston

Chicago Cubs

P

Replaced Mizell

Roy Face

Pittsburgh Pirates

P

Dick Groat

Pittsburgh Pirates

SS

2.

Eddie Mathews

Milwaukee Braves

3B

4.

Willie Mays

San Francisco Giants

OF

Bill Mazeroski

Pittsburgh Pirates

2B

Vinegar Bend Mizell

St. Louis Cardinals

P

Replaced - Injury

6.

Wally Moon

Los Angeles Dodgers

OF

Stan Musial

St. Louis Cardinals

1B

Vada Pinson

Cincinnati Reds

OF

Did Not Play

Frank Robinson

Cincinnati Reds

1B

Did Not Play

Hal Smith

St. Louis Cardinals

C

Did Not Play

Warren Spahn

Milwaukee Braves

P

Did Not Pitch

1.

Johnny Temple

Cincinnati Reds

2B

Bill White

St. Louis Cardinals

OF

Did Not Play

BOLD = Manager / player / coach choice to start the game.


1959 All-Star Game #2

1959 All-Star Game Program
1959 All-Star Game Official Program

Game Number

27

Date / Box Score

Location

Memorial Coliseum

Attendance

55,105

Not Awarded Until 1962

Starting Pitchers

Managers

Coaches

John Fitzpatrick

1959 All-Star Game #2

Line Score

League

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

American

0 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 5 6 0

National

1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 3 6 3

Jerry Walker (W)
Early Wynn (4th)
Hoyt Wilhelm (6th)
Billy O'Dell (7th)
Cal McLish (S, 8th)

Don Drysdale (L)
Gene Conley (4th)
Sam Jones (6th)
Roy Face (8th)
-

Frank Malzone (2nd)
Yogi Berra (3rd)
Rocky Colavito (8th)

Frank Robinson (5th)
Jim Gilliam (7th)
-

1959 All-Star Game #2

American League All-Star Squad

Bob Allison

Washington Senators

OF

Did Not Play

8.

Luis Aparicio

Chicago White Sox

SS

4.

Yogi Berra

New York Yankees

C

Rocky Colavito

Cleveland Indians

OF

Bud Daley

Kansas City Athletics

P

Did Not Pitch

Ryne Duren

New York Yankees

P

Did Not Pitch

2.

Nellie Fox

Chicago White Sox

2B

Elston Howard

New York Yankees

C-OF

Did Not Play

Al Kaline

Detroit Tigers

OF

Harmon Killebrew

Washington Senators

3B

Did Not Play

Tony Kubek

New York Yankees

SS

Sherm Lollar

Chicago White Sox

C

7.

Frank Malzone

Boston Red Sox

3B

5.

Mickey Mantle

New York Yankees

OF

6.

Roger Maris

Kansas City Athletics

OF

Cal McLish

Cleveland Indians

P

Minnie Minoso

Cleveland Indians

OF

Did Not Play

Billy O'Dell

Baltimore Orioles

P

Camilo Pascual

Washington Senators

P

Replaced - Injury

Vic Power

Cleveland Indians

1B

Pedro Ramos

Washington Senators

P

Replaced Pascual

Bobby Richardson

New York Yankees

2B

Did Not Play

1.

Pete Runnels

Boston Red Sox

2B

Roy Sievers

Washington Senators

1B

Did Not Play

9.

Jerry Walker

Baltimore Orioles

P

Starting Pitcher

Hoyt Wilhelm

Baltimore Orioles

P

3.

Ted Williams

Boston Red Sox

OF

Gene Woodling

Baltimore Orioles

OF

Early Wynn

Chicago White Sox

P

BOLD = Manager / player / coach choice to start the game.

1959 All-Star Game #2

National League All-Star Squad

3.

Hank Aaron

Milwaukee Braves

OF

Johnny Antonelli

San Francisco Giants

P

Did Not Pitch

5.

Ernie Banks

Chicago Cubs

SS

2.

Ken Boyer

St. Louis Cardinals

3B

Lew Burdette

Milwaukee Braves

P

Did Not Pitch

Smoky Burgess

Pittsburgh Pirates

C

Orlando Cepeda

San Francisco Giants

1B

Did Not Play

Gene Conley

Philadelphia Phillies

P

8.

Del Crandall

Milwaukee Braves

C

Joe Cunningham

St. Louis Cardinals

OF

9.

Don Drysdale

Los Angeles Dodgers

P

Starting Pitcher

Don Elston

Chicago Cubs

P

Did Not Pitch

Roy Face

Pittsburgh Pirates

P

Jim Gilliam

Los Angeles Dodgers

IF-OF

Dick Groat

Pittsburgh Pirates

SS

Sam Jones

San Francisco Giants

P

Johnny Logan

Milwaukee Braves

SS

Did Not Play

Eddie Mathews

Milwaukee Braves

3B

4.

Willie Mays

San Francisco Giants

OF

Bill Mazeroski

Pittsburgh Pirates

2B

Did Not Play

Vinegar Bend Mizell

St. Louis Cardinals

P

Replaced - Injury

7.

Wally Moon

Los Angeles Dodgers

OF

6.

Stan Musial

St. Louis Cardinals

1B

Charlie Neal

Los Angeles Dodgers

SS

Vada Pinson

Cincinnati Reds

OF

Frank Robinson

Cincinnati Reds

1B

Hal Smith

St. Louis Cardinals

C

Warren Spahn

Milwaukee Braves

P

Did Not Pitch

1.

Johnny Temple

Cincinnati Reds

2B

BOLD = Manager / player / coach choice to start the game.



During Game #1, Don Drysdale dominated the mound pitching three spectacular innings: no hits, no runs, no walks, and four strikeouts. On the other team, Hall of Fame pitcher Whitey Ford pitched one-third of an inning, allowed three hits, two runs, and a game winning triple hit by Willie Mays.

Game #2 was the first Midsummer Classic ever played during the month of August, the first ever played on the west coast of the United States and the first to have the same pitcher start both ends of a doubleheader ( Don Drysdale ) All-Star contest.

Was the two game format a good idea? Should they bring it back or was it a huge mistake to begin with? Voice your opinion on our baseball message boards .

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