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1959 Major League Baseball All-Star Game (first game)

1959 Major League Baseball All-Star Game (first game)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
American League 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 4 8 0
National League 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 X 5 9 0
Date July 7, 1959
Venue Forbes Field
City Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Managers
Attendance 35,277
First pitch None
Television NBC
TV announcers Mel Allen and Curt Gowdy
Radio NBC
Radio announcers Jack Brickhouse and Bob Prince

The 1959 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 26th playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues composing Major League Baseball. The game was played on July 7, 1959 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates of the NL. The game resulted in a 5–4 victory for the National League. An unprecedented second game was scheduled for later in the season in Los Angeles, California.

Contents

  • Background 1
  • Rosters 2
    • American League 2.1
    • National League 2.2
  • Game 3
    • Starting Lineups 3.1
    • Game Summary 3.2
  • External links 4

Background

In a break from tradition, the league scheduled a "doubleheader" as part of an effort to boost the players' pension fund. The first game was held on July 7 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League. The second game was held on August 3 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California, the home of the Los Angeles Dodgers also of the NL. The first game resulted in a 5–4 victory for the NL. The AL won the second game by a score of 5–3. The experiment of staging two All-Star Games each year continued through the 1962 season, after which the playing of one annual game resumed.

Rosters

Players in italics have since been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

    • -x – Injured and could not play
    • -y – Injury replacement

Game

Umpires: Ed Runge, Home Plate (AL); Al Barlick, First Base (NL); Joe Paparella, Second Base (AL); Augie Donatelli, Third Base (NL); Johnny Rice, Left Field (AL); Shag Crawford, Right Field (NL)

Starting Lineups

American League National League
Order Player Team Position Order Player Team Position
1 Minnie Miñoso Indians LF 1 Johnny Temple Reds 2B
2 Nellie Fox White Sox 2B 2 Eddie Mathews Braves 3B
3 Al Kaline Tigers CF 3 Hank Aaron Braves RF
4 Bill Skowron Yankees 1B 4 Willie Mays Giants CF
5 Rocky Colavito Indians RF 5 Ernie Banks Cubs SS
6 Gus Triandos Orioles C 6 Orlando Cepeda Giants 1B
7 Harmon Killebrew Senators 3B 7 Wally Moon Dodgers LF
8 Luis Aparicio White Sox SS 8 Del Crandall Braves C
9 Early Wynn White Sox P 9 Don Drysdale Dodgers P

Game Summary

Team 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
WP: Johnny Antonelli (1–0)   LP: Whitey Ford (0–1)
Home runs:
AL: Al Kaline (1)
NL: Eddie Mathews (1)

External links

  • Baseball Almanac
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