1952 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
1952 Major League Baseball All-Star Game logo.gif
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
American League 0 0 0 2 0 X X X X 2 5 0
National League 1 0 0 2 0 X X X X 3 3 0
DateJuly 8, 1952
VenueShibe Park
CityPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Managers
Attendance32,785
TelevisionNBC
TV announcersJack Brickhouse and Mel Allen
RadioMutual
Radio announcersAl Helfer and Gene Kelly

The 1952 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 19th playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 8, 1952, at Shibe Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania the home of the Philadelphia Phillies of the National League. The game resulted in the National League defeating the American League 3–2 in 5 innings. It was the first All-Star Game—and to date, the only—to be called early due to rain.

Mickey Mantle was selected an All-Star for the first time, as was pitcher Satchel Paige, who a day before the game turned 46 years old. Neither appeared in the game.

Synopsis

Jackie Robinson's first-inning home run off American League starting pitcher Vic Raschi to deep left field gave the National League a 1-0 lead.

In the top of the fourth inning, Minnie Miñoso doubled, Al Rosen drew a walk and Eddie Robinson singled in the AL's first run. Next batter Bobby Ávila's infield single made it 2-1.

Before the rain came, the NL struck back with a Hank Sauer homer off Bob Lemon in the bottom of the fourth, with what turned out to be the game-winning runs.

Rosters

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

Game

Umpires

Al Barlick (NL)(home), Charlie Berry (AL) (first base), Dusty Boggess (NL)(second base), Bill Summers (AL)(third base), Lon Warneke (NL)(left field), Hank Soar (AL) (right field)

Starting lineups

American League National League
Order Player Team Position Order Player Team Position
1 Dom DiMaggio Red Sox OF 1 Whitey Lockman Giants 1B
2 Hank Bauer Yankees OF 2 Jackie Robinson Dodgers 2B
3 Dale Mitchell Indians OF 3 Stan Musial Cardinals OF
4 Al Rosen Indians 3B 4 Hank Sauer Cubs OF
5 Yogi Berra Yankees C 5 Roy Campanella Dodgers C
6 Eddie Robinson White Sox 1B 6 Enos Slaughter Cardinals OF
7 Bobby Ávila Indians 2B 7 Bobby Thomson Giants 3B
8 Phil Rizzuto Yankees SS 8 Granny Hamner Phillies SS
9 Vic Raschi Yankees P 9 Curt Simmons Phillies P

Linescore

Tuesday, July 8, 1952 1:30 pm (ET) at Shibe Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
American League 0 0 0 2 0 X X X X 2 5 0
National League 1 0 0 2 0 X X X X 3 3 0
WP: Bob Rush (1–0)   LP: Bob Lemon (0–1)
Home runs:
AL: None
NL: Jackie Robinson (1), Hank Sauer (1)

Legacy

The 1952 game had been the first to All-Star Game to be called before the regulation nine innings. Twenty years later, the Phillies presented its Old-Timers Game as a "completion of the 1952 All-Star Game". The Phillies' Simmons had started for the National League, and the Philadelphia Athletcs' Shantz had relived for the American League. On August 19, 1972, prior to the Phillies' regular game with the Houston Astros.

The Old-Timers began in the "sixth inning" with the Veterans Stadium scoreboard showing the National League ahead 3-2 after five innings. Sauer, Bobby Thomson, Country Slaughter, Pee Wee Reese, Gran Hamner, and Robin Roberts all played for the National League Old-Timers. Shantz pitched the first inning of the Old-Timers Game which appeared as the sixth inning on the scoreboard. Shantz yielded five runs, while the American League Old-Timers scored only a run to "complete" the game with a score of 8-3.[1]

References

  1. ^ Morrow, Art (August 20, 1972). "Nationals Defeat Americans-Again, 5-1 or 8-3". Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia Inquirer. pp. D1 and D14.