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 12, 1955 National League 6, American League 5, 12 inn. County Stadium in Milwaukee
Clutch hitting fueled the most remarkable comeback in All-Star Game history.
The National League trailed 5-0 after six innings, thanks to a four-run first inning by the American League. The Yankees’ Mickey Mantle had the big blast: a three-run shot.
But in the seventh, the National League finally showed some life.
The Giants’ Willie Mays singled against the Yankees’ Whitey Ford, who then got two quick outs. But the Braves’ Hank Aaron, who was in his first All-Star Game, walked. Johnny Logan of the Braves followed with an RBI single, and another run scored when Stan Lopata of the Phillies reached on an error.
In the eighth inning, Ford retired the first two batters before Mays and Cincinnati’s Ted Kluszewski singled. Randy Jackson of the Cubs delivered a run-scoring single and Aaron followed with the fourth straight single of the inning (all with two outs) that got a run home and an error on the play allowed the tying run to score.
It remained a 5-5 game until the 12th inning when the Cardinals’ Stan Musial led off and drilled a homer to right field against Frank Sullivan of the Red Sox.
“I never even looked back,” Sullivan said later. “As soon as he hit it, I knew that was that.”
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