The 1953 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 20th playing of the mid-summer classic between the All-Stars teams of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 14 at Crosley Field in Cincinnati, home of the Cincinnati Redlegs of the National League. The team changed its name from Reds to Redlegs this season, during the height of anti-communism in the United States; it returned to the Reds six years later.
This was the second All-Star Game at Crosley Field, which had previously hosted fifteen years earlier in 1938. This game was originally scheduled for Braves Field in Boston, which had hosted in 1936. When the Braves relocated to Milwaukee in mid-March, the game was awarded to Cincinnati.
|1953 Major League Baseball All-Star Game|
|Date||July 14, 1953|
|Attendance||30,846 – Time of Game: 2:19|
|Ceremonial first pitch||Ted Williams|
|TV announcers||Jack Brickhouse and Mel Allen|
|Radio announcers||Al Helfer and Waite Hoyt|
From 1949 through 1952, manager Casey Stengel had taken the New York Yankees to four consecutive World Series titles, but this time turned on his fourth defeat in a row at the helm of the American League team.
Robin Roberts (NL) and Billy Pierce (AL) found themselves in a pitching duel during three innings of one-hit shutout ball, but they were not a factor in the decision. AL relievers Allie Reynolds (2), Mike Garcia (1) and Satchel Paige (2) combined to give up five runs to the NL hitters.
The NL attack was led by Enos Slaughter, who went 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI, while Pee Wee Reese hit a single and a double and drove in two runs. Minnie Miñoso went 2-for-2 and drove in the only run for the AL team.
NL relievers Warren Spahn and Curt Simmons pitched two scoreless innings each and Murry Dickson allowed the only AL run in two innings of work. Spahn was the winning pitcher and Reynolds the loser, while Dickson earned the save.
In one of the greatest defensive plays in All-Star Game history, Slaughter ran down a line-drive hit by Harvey Kuenn, making a diving, tumbling grab on the right field line.
The National League extended their winning-streak to four consecutive games, matching the previous record set by the American League from 1946 to 1949, After the game, the American League leads 12–8.
|American League||National League|
|Billy Goodman||Boston Red Sox||2B||Pee Wee Reese||Brooklyn Dodgers||SS|
|Mickey Vernon||Washington Senators||1B||Red Schoendienst||St. Louis Cardinals||2B|
|Hank Bauer||New York Yankees||RF||Stan Musial||St. Louis Cardinals||LF|
|Mickey Mantle||New York Yankees||CF||Ted Kluszewski||Cincinnati Redlegs||1B|
|Al Rosen||Cleveland Indians||3B||Roy Campanella||Brooklyn Dodgers||C|
|Gus Zernial||Philadelphia Athletics||LF||Eddie Mathews||Milwaukee Braves||3B|
|Yogi Berra||New York Yankees||C||Gus Bell||Cincinnati Redlegs||CF|
|Chico Carrasquel||Chicago White Sox||SS||Enos Slaughter||St. Louis Cardinals||RF|
|Billy Pierce||Chicago White Sox||P||Robin Roberts||Philadelphia Phillies||P|
Players in italics have since been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
|1953 American League All-Star Game roster|
* = Did not play
|1953 National League All-Star Game roster|
* = Did not play
|Home Plate||Jocko Conlan (NL)|
|First Base||Johnny Stevens (AL)|
|Second Base||Augie Donatelli (NL)|
|Third Base||Bill McKinley (AL)|
|Left Field||Bill Engeln (NL)|
|Right Field||Larry Napp (AL)|
|WP: Spahn LP: Reynolds Sv: Dickson|
|How the runs scored|
|NL||5th||Ashburn singled, Mathews scored, Slaughter to second; Reese singled, Slaughter scored, Ashburn to second||0||2|
|NL||7th||Reese doubled, Slaughter scored||0||3|
|NL||8th||Slaughter singled, Campanella scored, Snider to third; Dickson singled, Snider scored||0||5|
|AL||9th||Miñoso singled, Fain scored, Mize to second||1||5|
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The game usually occurs on either the second or third Tuesday in July, and is meant to mark a symbolic halfway-point in the MLB season (though not the mathematical halfway-point which, for most seasons, is usually found within the previous calendar week). Both of the major leagues share an All-Star break, with no regular-season games scheduled on the day before or two days after the All-Star Game itself. Some additional events and festivities associated with the game take place each year close to and during this break in the regular season.
No official MLB All-Star Game was held in 1945 including the official selection of players due to World War II travel restrictions. Two All-Star Games were held each season from 1959 to 1962. The most recent All-Star Game was held on July 9, 2019, at Progressive Field, home of the American League's Cleveland Indians. The 2020 and 2021 All-Star Games are scheduled to be held in Los Angeles and Atlanta, respectively.
|Results and Awards|
² — Two All-Star Games were played these seasons. Italics indicate future games.
1953 MLB season by team
|AL Division Series|
|NL Division Series|