The 83rd All-Star Game is at Kauffman Stadium on July 10. Leading up to that game, The Star is looking back at a Midsummer Classic game every day.July 10, 1956 National League 7, American League 3 Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C.
Outside of one inning, the National League thoroughly dominated this game.
Leading 1-0 in the fourth inning, the Giants’ Willie Mays hit a two-run homer to make it 3-0. The National League added single runs in the fifth (an RBI single by the Cardinals’ Ken Boyer) and sixth (Ted Kluszewski of the Reds scored on a wild pitch) for a 5-0 advantage.
In the bottom of the sixth, Ted Williams of the Red Sox smashed a two-run homer and the Yankees’ Mickey Mantle followed with a solo shot to slice the lead to 5-3.
But another future Hall of Famer answered for the National League as Stan Musial of the Cardinals hit a solo shot in the seventh. Later in the inning Kluszewski hit a double that scored Mays fora 7-3 lead.
The American League tried to mount a comeback in the ninth when it got two on base (including Vic Power of the Kansas City A’s who singled and went one for two in the game) with one out, but Roy Sievers of the Senators and the Tigers’ Harvey Kuenn made outs to end the game.
Pirates starter Bob Friend got the victory, while White Sox pitcher Billy Pierce took the loss. The Giants’ Johnny Antonelli got the save.
Harry Simpson of the Kansas City A’s went zero for one in the game.
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