1953 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

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1953 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
American League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1   5 0
National League 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 2 x 5 10 0
Date July 14, 1953
Venue Crosley Field
City Cincinnati, Ohio
Attendance 30,846 – Time of Game: 2:19
First pitch Ted Williams
Television NBC Sports
TV announcers Jack Brickhouse and Mel Allen
Radio Mutual
Radio announcers Al Helfer and Waite Hoyt

The 1953 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 20th playing of the mid-summer classic between the All-Stars teams of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 14, 1953 at Crosley Field in Cincinnati, Ohio, home of the Cincinnati Redlegs National League team. The team changed its name from Reds to Redlegs during the height of anti-communism in the United States.


From 1949 through 1952, manager Casey Stengel had taken the New York Yankees to four consecutive World Series titles, but this time turned on his fourth defeat in a row at the helm of the American League team.

Robin Roberts (NL) and Billy Pierce (AL) found themselves in a pitching duel during three innings of one-hit shutout ball, but they were not a factor in the decision. AL relievers Allie Reynolds (2), Mike Garcia (1) and Satchel Paige (2) combined to give up five runs to the NL hitters.

The NL attack was led by Enos Slaughter, who went 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI, while Pee Wee Reese hit a single and a double and drove in two runs. Minnie Miñoso went 2-for-2 and drove in the only run for the AL team.

NL relievers Warren Spahn and Curt Simmons pitched two scoreless innings each and Murry Dickson allowed the only AL run in two innings of work. Spahn was the winning pitcher and Reynolds the loser, while Dickson earned the save.

In one of the greatest defensive plays in All-Star Game history, Slaughter ran down a line-drive hit by Harvey Kuenn, making a diving, tumbling grab on the right field line.

The National League extended their winning-streak to four consecutive games, matching the previous record set by the American League from 1946 to 1949, After the game, the American League leads 12–8.


  • The relief appearance by 46-year-old Satchel Paige in the eighth inning was an All-Star record for oldest pitcher in the contest.[1]
  • It was the first All-Star Game without a home run since 1944 at Forbes Field, and the third overall since 1938 at Crosley Field.[2]
  • Ted Williams threw out the ceremonial first pitch of the game just four days after being released from military service. Selected for the American League roster in the poll he did not play in the game. Williams signed a new contract with the Boston Red Sox and began working out with the club in late July.[3]

Opening Lineups

American League National League
Player Team Pos Player Team Pos
Billy Goodman Boston Red Sox  2B Pee Wee Reese Brooklyn Dodgers  SS
Mickey Vernon Washington Senators  1B Red Schoendienst St. Louis Cardinals  2B
Hank Bauer New York Yankees  RF Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals  LF
Mickey Mantle New York Yankees  CF Ted Kluszewski Cincinnati Redlegs  1B
Al Rosen Cleveland Indians  3B Roy Campanella Brooklyn Dodgers   C
Gus Zernial Philadelphia Athletics  LF Eddie Mathews Milwaukee Braves  3B
Yogi Berra New York Yankees    C Gus Bell Cincinnati Redlegs  CF
Chico Carrasquel Chicago White Sox  SS Enos Slaughter St. Louis Cardinals  RF
Billy Pierce Chicago White Sox    P Robin Roberts Philadelphia Phillies    P


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

1953 American League All-Star Game roster






1953 National League All-Star Game roster







Position Umpire
Home Plate Jocko Conlan
First Base Johnny Stevens
Second Base Augie Donatelli
Third Base Bill McKinley
Left Field Larry Napp
Right Field Bill Engeln

Line Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
AL All-Stars 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1  5 0
NL All-Stars 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 2 x 5 10 0
WP: Spahn   LP: Reynolds   Sv: Dickson
How the runs scored
Team Inning Play AL NL
NL 5th Ashburn singled, Mathews scored, Slaughter to second; Reese singled, Slaughter scored, Ashburn to second 0 2
NL 7th Reese doubled, Slaughter scored 0 3
NL 8th Slaughter singled, Campanella scored, Snider to third; Dickson singled, Snider scored 0 5
AL 9th Miñoso singled, Fain scored, Mize to second 1 5

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