1959 Major League Baseball All-Star Game (first game)

The 1959 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 26th playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues composing Major League Baseball. The game was played on July 7, 1959, at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates of the NL. The game resulted in a 5–4 victory for the National League. An unprecedented second game was scheduled for later in the season in Los Angeles, California.

1959 Major League Baseball All-Star Game (first game)
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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
American League 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 4 8 0
National League 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 X 5 9 0
DateJuly 7, 1959
VenueForbes Field
CityPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Managers
Attendance35,277
Ceremonial first pitchNone
TelevisionNBC
TV announcersMel Allen and Curt Gowdy
RadioNBC
Radio announcersJack Brickhouse and Bob Prince

Background

In a break from tradition, the league scheduled a "doubleheader" as part of an effort to boost the players' pension fund. The first game was held on July 7 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League. The second game was held on August 3 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California, the home of the Los Angeles Dodgers also of the NL. The first game resulted in a 5–4 victory for the NL. The AL won the second game by a score of 5–3. The experiment of staging two All-Star Games each year continued through the 1962 season, after which the playing of one annual game resumed.

Rosters

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

American League

Starters
Position Player Team All-Star Games
P Early Wynn White Sox 6
C Gus Triandos Orioles 3
1B Bill Skowron Yankees 3
2B Nellie Fox White Sox 9
3B Harmon Killebrew Senators 1
SS Luis Aparicio White Sox 2
OF Rocky Colavito Indians 1
OF Al Kaline Tigers 5
OF Minnie Miñoso Indians 6
Pitchers
Position Player Team All-Star Games
P Jim Bunning Tigers 2
P Bud Daley Athletics 1
P Ryne Duren Yankees 2
P Whitey Ford Yankees 5
P Billy Pierce White Sox 6
P Hoyt Wilhelm Orioles 2
Reserves
Position Player Team All-Star Games
C Yogi Berra Yankees 12
C Sherm Lollar White Sox 6
1B Vic Power Indians 3
1B Roy Sievers Senators 3
2B Pete Runnels Red Sox 1
3B Frank Malzone Red Sox 3
SS Gil McDougald Yankees 5
OF Harvey Kuenn Tigers 7
OF Mickey Mantle Yankees 8
OF Ted Williams Red Sox 16

National League

Starters
Position Player Team All-Star Games
P Don Drysdale Dodgers 1
C Del Crandall Braves 6
1B Orlando Cepeda Giants 1
2B Johnny Temple Reds 3
3B Eddie Mathews Braves 6
SS Ernie Banks Cubs 5
OF Hank Aaron Braves 5
OF Willie Mays Giants 6
OF Wally Moon Dodgers 2
Pitchers
Position Player Team All-Star Games
P Johnny Antonelli Giants 5
P Lew Burdette Braves 2
P Gene Conley Phillies 3
P Don Elston-y Cubs 1
P Roy Face Pirates 1
P Vinegar Bend Mizell-x Cardinals 1
P Warren Spahn Braves 11
Reserves
Position Player Team All-Star Games
C Smoky Burgess Pirates 3
C Hal Smith Cardinals 2
1B Stan Musial Cardinals 16
1B Frank Robinson Reds 3
2B Bill Mazeroski Pirates 2
3B Ken Boyer Cardinals 2
SS Dick Groat Pirates 1
OF Joe Cunningham Cardinals 1
OF Vada Pinson Reds 1
OF Bill White Cardinals 1
    • -x – Injured and could not play
    • -y – Injury replacement

Game

Umpires: Al Barlick, Home Plate (NL); Ed Runge, First Base (AL); Augie Donatelli, Second Base (NL); Joe Paparella, Third Base (AL); Shag Crawford, Left Field (NL); Johnny Rice, Right Field (AL)

Starting Lineups

American League National League
Order Player Team Position Order Player Team Position
1 Minnie Miñoso Indians LF 1 Johnny Temple Reds 2B
2 Nellie Fox White Sox 2B 2 Eddie Mathews Braves 3B
3 Al Kaline Tigers CF 3 Hank Aaron Braves RF
4 Bill Skowron Yankees 1B 4 Willie Mays Giants CF
5 Rocky Colavito Indians RF 5 Ernie Banks Cubs SS
6 Gus Triandos Orioles C 6 Orlando Cepeda Giants 1B
7 Harmon Killebrew Senators 3B 7 Wally Moon Dodgers LF
8 Luis Aparicio White Sox SS 8 Del Crandall Braves C
9 Early Wynn White Sox P 9 Don Drysdale Dodgers P

Game Summary

Tuesday, July 7, 1959 1:00 pm (ET) at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
American League 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 4 8 0
National League 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 X 5 9 1
WP: Johnny Antonelli (1–0)   LP: Whitey Ford (0–1)
Home runs:
AL: Al Kaline (1)
NL: Eddie Mathews (2)

External links

1959 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

1959 Major League Baseball All-Star Game may refer to:

The 1959 Major League Baseball All-Star Game (first game), a 5-4 victory for the National League over the American League

The 1959 Major League Baseball All-Star Game (second game), a 5-3 victory for the American League

1959 Major League Baseball season

The 1959 Major League Baseball season was played from April 9 to October 9, 1959. It saw the Los Angeles Dodgers, free of the strife produced by their move from Brooklyn the previous season, rebound to win the National League pennant after a two-game playoff against the Milwaukee Braves, who themselves had moved from Boston in 1953. The Dodgers won the World Series against a Chicago White Sox team that had not played in the "Fall Classic" since 1919 and was interrupting a Yankees' dynasty that dominated the American League between 1949 and 1964.

The season is notable as the only one between 1950 and 1981 where no pitcher pitched a no-hitter.

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