1955 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
American League 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0  0 5 10 2
National League 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 1x 6 13 1
DateJuly 12, 1955
VenueMilwaukee County Stadium
CityMilwaukee, Wisconsin
Managers
Attendance45,643 – Time of Game: 3:17
TelevisionNBC Sports
TV announcersMel Allen and Al Helfer
RadioMutual
Radio announcersBob Neal and Earl Gillespie

The 1955 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 22nd 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 12, 1955, at Milwaukee County Stadium, the home of the Milwaukee Braves of the National League.

Summary

The National League overcame a five-run deficit to defeat the American League, 6–5, in this edition of the midsummer classic. Stan Musial led off the bottom of the 12th inning by drilling a home run to deep right field on the first pitch from Frank Sullivan, pulling off one of the greatest victories in All-Star Game history.

The National League began their comeback in the bottom of the seventh inning. Willie Mays led off the frame with a single off Whitey Ford, and after two outs, Hank Aaron walked and Johnny Logan singled to drive home Mays and make it a 5–1 game. Next batter Stan Lopata reached base on an error, and Aaron scored the second run off the inning before the third out was made.

With two outs in the eight inning, Mays, Ted Kluszewski and Randy Jackson hit consecutive singles for a run, and Ford was replaced by Sullivan. Aaron greeted him with an RBI single scoring Kluszewski to knot the game at 5–5.

The American League quickly took the lead in the top of the first inning when Harvey Kuenn and Nellie Fox hit consecutive singles against Robin Roberts, with Kuenn advancing to third base from first and later scoring on a wild pitch. Then Ted Williams walked and Mickey Mantle hit a three-run home run, before Roberts recorded his first out. In the sixth inning, Mickey Vernon grounded out to drive home Yogi Berra to give the American League a five-run cushion.

In the ninth inning, Joe Nuxhall and Sullivan matched strikeouts as the All-Star Game went into extra innings for only the second time since 1950, which turned out to be the first year the game went more than nine innings.

The contest remained tied until the 12th inning, when Gene Conley struck out all three AL batters he faced. Then came the walk-off by Musial, which was his fourth homer in All-Star games, breaking a tie with Ted Williams and Ralph Kiner.

It was the fifth victory for the National League in the last six All-Star games, even though the American League still held a 13–9 overall advantage.

Notes

Opening Lineups

American League National League
Player Team Pos Player Team Pos
Harvey Kuenn Detroit Tigers  SS Red Schoendienst St. Louis Cardinals  2B
Nellie Fox Chicago White Sox  2B Del Ennis Philadelphia Phillies  LF
Ted Williams Boston Red Sox  LF Duke Snider Brooklyn Dodgers  CF
Mickey Mantle New York Yankees  CF Ted Kluszewski Cincinnati Redlegs  1B
Yogi Berra New York Yankees    C Eddie Mathews Milwaukee Braves  3B
Al Kaline Detroit Tigers  RF Don Mueller New York Giants  RF
Mickey Vernon Washington Senators  1B Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs  SS
Jim Finigan Kansas City Athletics  3B Del Crandall Milwaukee Braves    C
Billy Pierce Chicago White Sox    P Robin Roberts Philadelphia Phillies    P

Rosters

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

1955 American League All-Star Game roster
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 * = Did not play

1955 National League All-Star Game roster
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 * = Did not play

Umpires

Position Umpire
Home Plate Al Barlick (NL)
First Base Hank Soar (AL)
Second Base Dusty Boggess (NL)
Third Base Bill Summers (AL)
Left Field Frank Secory (NL)
Right Field Ed Runge (AL)

Line Score

Tuesday, July 12, 1955 2:00 pm (CT) at County Stadium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
American League 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 10 2
National League 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 1x 6 13 1
WP: Conley   LP: Sullivan
Home runs:
AL: Mantle
NL: Musial
Winning Run scored with 0 outs
How the runs scored
Team Inning Play AL NL
AL 1st Kuenn scored on a wild pitch; Mantle homered, Fox and Williams scored 4 0
AL 6th Vernon grounded out, Berra scored 5 0
NL 7th Logan singled, Mays scored, Aaron to third; Lopata safe on error, Aaron scored 5 2
NL 9th Jackson singled, Mays scored, Kluszewski to third; Aaron singled, Kluszewski and Jackson scored 5 5
NL 12th Musial homered to right 5 6

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References

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