The 1948 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 15th 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 13, 1948, at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, Missouri, the home of both the St. Louis Browns of the American League (who were the designated host team) and the St. Louis Cardinals of the National League. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 5–2.
|1948 Major League Baseball All-Star Game|
|Date||July 13, 1948|
|City||St. Louis, Missouri|
|Ceremonial first pitch||Burt Shotton|
|Radio announcers||Mel Allen, Jim Britt and France Laux|
The lone representative of the host team was Al Zarilla, a reserve outfielder for the AL, who entered the game playing right field in the top of the 5th inning, and was hitless in two at bats.
Players in italics have since been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
|Home Plate||Charlie Berry||American|
|First Base||Bill Stewart||National|
|Second Base||Joe Paparella||American|
|Third Base||Beans Reardon||National|
The umpires changed assignments in the middle of the fifth inning – Berry and Reardon swapped positions, also Stewart and Paparella swapped positions.
|WP: Vic Raschi (1–0) LP: Johnny Schmitz (0–1) Sv: Joe Coleman (1)|
NL: Stan Musial (1)
AL: Hoot Evers (1)
The NL scored two runs in the top of the 1st inning, on a leadoff single by Richie Ashburn, and later a two-run home run by Stan Musial with one out. It would be the only runs the NL would score. The AL got one run back in the bottom of the 2nd inning, on a home run by Hoot Evers. They later tied the score at 2–2 in the bottom of the 3rd, after two walks, a steal of third base by Mickey Vernon, and a sacrifice fly from Lou Boudreau. In the bottom of the 4th, the AL pulled ahead with 3 runs; after loading the bases with two singles and a walk, Vic Raschi drove in two runs with a single, followed by one more run scoring on a lineout by Joe DiMaggio. With the AL up 5–2, there would be no more scoring, despite the NL loading the bases in the 6th inning.
Leo Durocher returned as manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers to start the 1948 season but was fired in mid-season. He was replaced first by team coach Ray Blades and then by Burt Shotton, who had managed the team to the 1947 pennant. The Dodgers finished third in the National League after this tumultuous season.
The 1948 Dodgers were very much a work in progress, beginning to coalesce into the classic "Boys of Summer" teams of the 1950s. Gil Hodges was in the opening day lineup, but as a catcher. He would only be shifted to first base after the emergence of Roy Campanella. Jackie Robinson started the season at second base—Eddie Stanky had been traded just before the start of the season to make room for Robinson at his natural position; he had played first base during his 1947 rookie season. Pee Wee Reese was the only "Boys of summer" regular to already be ensconced at his position, shortstop. Billy Cox had been acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates during the offseason, but as one of nine players who would see time at third for the team that year, he only played 70 games at the position. Carl Furillo was already a regular, but in center field. Duke Snider was brought up to the team in mid-season, and it was not until 1949 that Furillo moved to right field and Snider became the regular center fielder.
Preacher Roe and Ralph Branca were in the starting rotation, but Carl Erskine only appeared in a handful of games, and Don Newcombe would not join the staff until the following year.1949 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
The 1949 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 16th annual midseason exhibition game for Major League Baseball all-stars between the American League (AL) and the National League (NL). The AL continued its early dominance of the Midsummer Classic with an 11–7 win at Ebbets Field, home field of the NL's Brooklyn Dodgers. The win moved the AL's all-time record in the game to 12–4.
The 1949 All-Star Game was the first to have African-Americans in the line-up. Jackie Robinson of the Dodgers started for the NL at second base, while his teammates catcher Roy Campanella and pitcher Don Newcombe also played for the NL. Cleveland Indians' outfielder Larry Doby played the final four innings of the game for the AL.Walt Masterson
Walter Edward Masterson III (June 22, 1920 – April 5, 2008) was an American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers. He started the 1948 Major League Baseball All-Star Game for the American League.
Born in Philadelphia, Masterson attended Northeast Catholic High School and signed with the Senators at age 17. In 14 seasons he had a 78–100 win-loss record, 399 games (184 started), 70 complete games, 15 shutouts, 115 games finished, 20 saves, 1,649⅔ innings pitched, 1,613 hits allowed, 888 runs allowed, 760 earned runs allowed, 101 home runs allowed, 886 walks allowed, 815 strikeouts, 28 hit batsmen, 33 wild pitches, 7,281 batters faced, 1 balk, a 4.15 earned run average and a 1.515 WHIP. He missed the 1943 and 1944 seasons while serving in the Navy from September 1942 to July 1945 during World War II, serving on submarines in the Pacific. He later served as a pitching coach for the Texas Rangers in 1972 under manager Ted Williams, who had developed a friendship with him while they were teammates in Boston and frequently accompanied Masterson to his vacation house on Long Lake in Bridgton, Maine. Masterson later served as baseball coach at George Mason University in 1980-81. He died of a stroke at age 87 at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina.
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² — Two All-Star Games were played these seasons. Italics indicate future games.
1948 MLB season by team