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

1959 Major League Baseball All-Star Game (first game)
1959 Major League Baseball All-Star Game 1 logo.png
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, Curt Gowdy
RadioNBC
Radio announcersJack Brickhouse, Bob Prince

The 1959 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 26th edition 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 Tuesday, July 7, at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates of the NL,[1] and was a 5-4 victory for the National League.[2][3] An unprecedented second game was played four weeks later in Los Angeles, California.[4][5]

Background

In a break from tradition, the league scheduled a "doubleheader" as part of an effort to boost the players' pension fund.[4] The first game was held on Tuesday, July 7, at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League.[1] The second game was on Monday, 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.[2][3] and the AL won the second game 5-3 for a split.[6][7] The experiment of two All-Star Games continued for four seasons; one annual game resumed in 1963.

Rosters

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

    • -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

Game Summary

Tuesday, July 7, 1959 1:00pm (ET) at
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)
Source:[1][2][3]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Drysdale faces Wynn in 26th All-Star classic". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. July 7, 1959. p. 12.
  2. ^ a b c "Casey to shake up AL club". Toledo Blade. (Ohio). Associated Press. July 8, 1959. p. 45.
  3. ^ a b c Hernon, Jack (July 8, 1959). "National League triumphs, 5-4". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 1.
  4. ^ a b "Second All-Star game finally approved". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. June 9, 1959. p. 18.
  5. ^ "Walker vs. Drysdale in 2d All-Star contest". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. August 3, 1959. p. 11.
  6. ^ "American tips National, 5-3, in All-Star home run battle". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. August 4, 1959. p. 12.
  7. ^ Abrams, Al (August 4, 1959). "AL takes All-Star Game, 5-3". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 1.

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