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.
|1949 Major League Baseball All-Star Game|
|Date||July 12, 1949|
|City||Brooklyn, New York|
|TV announcers||Red Barber|
|Radio announcers||Mel Allen, Jim Britt|
The Dodgers hosted the game and were well-represented. Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson were starting infielders for the NL. Ralph Branca, Don Newcombe, and Preacher Roe were on the pitching staff, while Roy Campanella and Gil Hodges were reserve position players. All of the Dodgers' representatives, with the exception of Branca, played in the game.
Players in italics have since been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
|Home Plate||Al Barlick||National|
|First Base||Cal Hubbard||American|
|Second Base||Artie Gore||National|
|Third Base||Bill Summers||American|
|Left Field||Lee Ballanfant||National|
|Right Field||Bill Grieve||American|
The umpires changed assignments in the middle of the fifth inning – Gore and Hubbard swapped positions, while Barlick left the game, Summers moved behind the plate, and Ballanfant move to third base. This was the first All-Star Game to field a 6-man umpiring crew, although after Barlick's departure the remainder of the game was played without an umpire in right field.
|WP: Virgil Trucks (1–0) LP: Don Newcombe (0–1) Sv: Vic Raschi (1)|
NL: Stan Musial (1), Ralph Kiner (1)
The AL opened a high scoring game in the top of the 1st inning; with a man on first (who reached on an error) and two outs, a sequence of single-walk-single-error-single pushed across 4 runs. The NL got 2 runs back in the bottom of the inning, with a double from Jackie Robinson followed by a home run by Stan Musial. In the bottom of the 2nd, the NL cut the AL's lead to 4–3; with bases loaded and no outs, Don Newcombe hit a lineout to left field that Willard Marshall scored on, but the NL was unable to score more as the next batter grounded into a double play. The NL then pulled ahead 5–4 by scoring twice in the bottom of the third, on two walks and three singles during the inning.
The AL pulled back ahead 6–5 in the top of the 4th inning; with men on second and third with two out, Eddie Joost hit a single to score both runners. The AL's lead was extended to 8–5 in the top of the 6th inning; with runners on first and third with one out, Joe DiMaggio drove in both men with a double. Ralph Kiner of the NL hit a two run home run in the bottom of the 6th inning, which cut the AL lead to 8–7. The AL extended their lead in the top of the 7th inning; with a man on second and two out, a sequence of single-single-double scored three runs. That brought the AL lead to 11–7, and completed the scoring for the game.
The game wasn't crisp defensively, as there were six errors, five of them by the NL. All four of the AL's runs in the first inning were unearned.
The 1949 Brooklyn Dodgers held off the St. Louis Cardinals to win the National League title by one game. The Dodgers lost the World Series to the New York Yankees in five games.1950 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
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William Dale Goodman (March 22, 1926 – October 1, 1984) was an American Major League Baseball (MLB) infielder who played sixteen seasons for the Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, and Houston Colt .45s, from 1947 through 1962. Goodman was inducted posthumously into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in November 2004.Goodman was an outstanding hitter and fielder, he was one of the most versatile players of his era. He played every position in the major leagues except catcher and pitcher and was an All-Star for two seasons. In 1950, he won the American League (AL) batting title hitting .354 with 68 runs batted in (RBI) and was the AL Most Valuable Player runner-up to New York Yankees shortstop Phil Rizzuto (hit .324 with 66 RBI). Goodman batted over .290 in eleven seasons including over .300 in five seasons. In 1959, he hit .304, helping the White Sox win the AL Pennant championship. His career .376 on-base percentage made him an ideal lead-off hitter. He was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1969.Cass Michaels
Cass Michaels (Casimir Eugene Kwietniewski; March 4, 1926 – November 12, 1982) was a Major League Baseball infielder. He joined the Chicago White Sox at just seventeen years old, and played twelve seasons in the majors until a beanball ended his career at just 28 years old.Ebbets Field
Ebbets Field was a Major League Baseball stadium in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, New York. It is known mainly as the home of the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team of the National League, from 1913 to 1957, but was also home to three National Football League teams in the 1920s. Ebbets Field was demolished in 1960 and replaced by apartment buildings.Eddie Kazak
Edward Terrance Kazak (July 18, 1920 – December 15, 1999) was a Major League Baseball third baseman who played for the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds from 1948 to 1952. Born Edward Terrance Tkaczuk, he graduated from Cecil Township High School in 1938, where he played both baseball and soccer. He played sandlot baseball and played in the Georgia–Florida League for a few years, boasting a batting average of .378 in 1941 when with Albany, the team that won the Georgia-Florida pennant.After the end of the 1942 season on October 1, Kazak entered the military and enlisted with the United States Army. He was originally stationed in Brooks Field, Texas, then joined the paratroopers in 1943. In 1944, Kazak left the United States for Europe. After the Invasion of Normandy, Kazak sustained a bayonet wound to his left arm and had his right elbow shattered by shrapnel. As a result, he spent 18 months in hospitals recovering and enduring numerous operations, including one where a plastic patch was put in place of the missing bone in his elbow. By the time he was released in December 1945, his doctors has told him to forget about baseball.
In 1946, Kazak spent the season in the South Atlantic League, playing for the Columbus Cardinals. In 1947, he played for the Omaha Cardinals of the Western League and the Rochester Red Wings of the International League. Though he has been a second baseman throughout his career, he moved to third base while playing for Rochester in 1948. By the end of the season, Kazak was promoted to the major leagues.
Kazak made his major league debut on September 29, 1948, and played in six games with 22 at bats during the 1948 St. Louis Cardinals season. The 1949 St. Louis Cardinals season was Kazak's best statistical season. In 92 games, he had a career-high batting average of .304, 6 home runs, 3 triples, and made his only All-Star appearance. In the 1949 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, Kazak was the starting third baseman, and had two hits in two at-bats. However, Kazak was later injured and lost his starting job to Tommy Glaviano, becoming a pinch hitter during the 1950 season. He had 207 at-bats in 93 games during the 1950 St. Louis Cardinals season, and led the National League with 42 pinch hit at-bats. Kazak only played 11 games the following season, and after playing three games in 1952, the Cardinals traded him with Wally Westlake to the Cincinnati Reds for Dick Sisler and Virgil Stallcup. However, Kazak only had one hit in 13 games as a member of the Reds, which marked the end of his Major League career.
Kazak continued to play baseball after his major league career was over. He played his last professional game at the age of 40 in 1960 while playing for Austin in the Texas League. He died in Austin, Texas on December 15, 1999.
|Results and Awards|
² — Two All-Star Games were played these seasons. Italics indicate future games.
1949 MLB season by team