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Random Game Callback, July 12, 1955
2006-07-12 03:59
by Bob Timmermann

Stan Musial led off the bottom of the 12th inning with a home run off of Frank Sullivan as the National League beat the American League, 6-5 in the All-Star Game at County Stadium in Milwaukee.

AL manager Al Lopez had this lineup to work with: Harvey Kuenn, SS; Nellie Fox, 2B; Ted Williams, LF; Mickey Mantle, CF; Yogi Berra, C; Al Kaline, RF; Mickey Vernon, 1B; Jim Finigan, 3B (yes, that Jim Finigan!); Billy Pierce, P. NL manager Leo Durocher went with: Red Schoendienst, 2B; Del Ennis, LF; Duke Snider, CF; Ted Kluszewski, 1B; Eddie Mathews, 3B; Don Mueller, RF; Ernie Banks, SS; Del Crandall, C; Robin Roberts, P.

Roberts got off to a rocky start. He gave up a leadoff single to Kuenn and Fox followed with another to send Kuenn to third. Roberts threw a wild pitch and Kuenn scored the first run of the game. Williams followed with a walk and Mantle parked a home run to center field to put the AL up 4-0.

Pierce sailed through his three innings of work for the AL, facing the minimum nine batters. Schoendienst led off with a single, but was out trying to advance on a pitch in the dirt that Berra managed to smother.

Early Wynn followed Pierce and he tossed three shutout innings as well, allowing just three hits. Harvey Haddix took over for Roberts in the fourth and he went three innings and allowed just one run when Vernon grounded out to score Berra. The AL led 5-0 after six innings.

The National League didn't get its offense started until the seventh when Whitey Ford came in to pitch. Wilile Mays, who had taken over for Snider in center, led off with a single. Kluszewski and Randy Jackson (Mathews' replacement at third) made outs. Henry Aaron, who had taken over for Mueller, walked. Johnny Logan, the new shortstop, singled to score Mays. Stan Lopata pinch hit and grounded to Chico Carrasquel at shortstop, who went for the force at second, but his throw went past Bobby Avila, and Aaron scored to make it 5-2 American League.

Ford got the first two batters out in the eighth, but Mays kept things going with a single. Kluszewski singled to right and Mays went to third. Jackson singled to score Mays and knock out Ford. Lopez brought in Sullivan to relieve. Aaron greeted him with a single to right to score Kluszewski. Kaline tried to throw out Jackson going to third, but replacement third baseman Al Rosen dropped the throw and Jackson came around to score to tie the game at 5-5.

The game went in to extra innings. The AL got two runners on in the 11th against Joe Nuxhall, but Berra, who caught the entire game, grounded out to end the inning. Milwaukee's Gene Conley came in to pitch the 12th and he struck out Kaline, Vernon, and Rosen to retire the side in order.

Then in the bottom of the 12th, Musial lined a home run to right field to give the National League a 6-5 win. It was Musial's fourth All-Star home run at the time. He would hit six of them in his distinguished career. Musial appeared in 24 All-Star games overall, helped by the fact that there were two of them from 1959 through 1962.

Sullivan's All-Star appearance in 1955 was the only one of his career. He would win 18 games for Boston that season, the best of his career. In 1960, Sullivan would be traded for the winning pitcher in this game, Conley.

Conley appeared in three All-Star games: 1954 and 1955 with Milwaukee and once again in 1959 with Philadelphia. Conley also played six seasons in the NBA, four with Boston and two with New York. He played on three NBA champions and one World Series champion in his career.

Perhaps the most puzzling choice among all the starters was Finigan. The Kansas City third baseman had a good rookie year, batting .302 in 1954. But in 1955, he was down to . 255 and after 1959, he was out of the majors. Why George Kell or Ray Boone didn't make the team at third base is just one of those things.

Sources: Retrosheet,, Chicago Tribune.

2006-07-12 21:44:20
1.   ToyCannon
Good stuff Bob. Don't let the lack of comments think we don't love this stuff.

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