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, 1949 American League 11, National League 7 Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The starting pitchers didn’t fare so well in this one.
In the top of the first, the American League’s George Kell of the Tigers was on second base with two outs. By the time the inning ended, four runs had scored.
The Yankees’ Joe DiMaggio had a RBI single and Eddie Joost of the Philadelphia A’s walked against Warren Spahn of the Boston Braves.
Eddie Robinson of the Washington Senators followed with an RBI single and Cass Michaels of the White Sox reached on an error that scored Joost. Red Sox catcher Birdie Tebbetts delivered another RBI single before pitcher Mel Parnell of the Red Sox made an out.
Parnell allowed a two-run homer to the Cardinals’ Stan Musial in the bottom of the first and that cut the lead in half.
In the second inning, Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe had a sacrifice fly that made it a 4-3 game.
In the third, Ralph Kiner of the Pirates hit into a double play that scored a run, and later in the inning, Cardinals third baseman Eddie Kazak singled home Gil Hodges of the Dodgers and the National League moved ahead 5-4.
The American League regained the lead in the fourth as Joost’s single scored Kell and Red Sox legend Ted Williams. Another legend, DiMaggio, had a two-run double in the sixth inning as the American League grabbed an 8-5 advantage. Kiner blasted a two-run homer in the sixth to cut the lead to 8-7.
But in the seventh, Dom DiMaggio of the Red Sox and Bob Dillinger of the St. Louis Browns had consecutive RBI singles ahead of Dale Mitchell of the Indians who brought home another run with a double.
Vic Raschi of the Yankees got the save as he shut down the National League, giving up one hit in three innings. The Tigers’ Virgil Trucks got the win and Newcombe took the loss.
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