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, 1951 National League 8, American League 3 Briggs Stadium in Detroit
The National League pulled away late to break open a close game.
It was 1-1 going to the fourth when the Cardinals’ Stan Musial blasted a shot to right field. Later in the inning, Boston Braves third baseman Bob Elliott hit a two-run shot to make it 4-1. The American League got back into it with solo homers in the fourth (by the Tigers’ Vic Wertz) and the fifth (Detroit’s George Kell). In the sixth inning, the Dodgers’ Gil Hodges hit a two-run homer, and in the seventh, the Phillies’ Richie Ashburn scored on a squeeze by the Dodgers’ Jackie Robinson making it 7-3.
Pirates outfielder Ralph Kiner’s solo homer in the eighth inning finished the scoring.
The Giants’ Sal Maglie was the winning pitcher and the Yankees’ Ed Lopat took the loss.
That Musial homer that gave the National League the lead for good also provided one of the funnier moments in All-Star Game history.
According to the book “Baseball Anecdotes,” before the game Lopat was talking with Brooklyn’s Preacher Roe and told him he’d figured out a way to pitch to Musial. After Musial took Lopat deep, Roe shouted to Lopat from the National League dugout, “I see what you mean, Eddie, but I found that way to pitch to him a long time ago, all by myself.”
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