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 14, 1953 National League 5, American League 1 Crosley Field in Cincinnati
National League pitching proved to be suffocating in this one-sided affair.
The Phillies’ Robin Roberts started the game and allowed just one hit in three innings. Milwaukee’s Warren Spahn pitched two hitless innings and Curt Simmons of the Phillies gave up one hit in two innings.
By the end of seven innings, the National League was ahead 3-0. In the fifth, the Phillies’ Richie Ashburn and the Dodgers’ Pee Wee Reese each had RBI singles that helped the National League grab a 2-0 advantage.
In the seventh, Enos Slaughter of the Cardinals singled, stole second and scored on Reese’s double.
The National League tacked on two more in the eighth inning against St. Louis Browns pitcher Satchel Paige, the former Kansas City Monarchs star. The Dodgers’ Roy Campanella had a one-out single, and after another out, Duke Snider of the Dodgers walked. Slaughter and Pirates pitcher Murry Dickson then delivered RBI singles to push the lead to 5-0.
In the ninth, the American League got a run back against Dickson. Ferris Fain of the White Sox and Johnny Mize of the Yankees each singled. After two outs, Minnie Minoso of the White Sox singled home Fain. The Yankees’ Yogi Berra popped out to end the game.
Spahn got the win, while the Yankees’ Allie Reynolds took the loss.
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