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All-Star Game memories: 1957

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 9, 1957American League 6, National League 5Busch Stadium in St. Louis

You may recall that Bud Selig once ended an All-Star Game a tie, but that may not have been the most controversial move by a commissioner at the Midsummer Classic.

This All-Star Game featured some serious ballot-box stuffing as nearly the entire National League squad was comprised of Cincinnati Reds. First baseman George Crowe was the lone exception among the starting eight as he was beat out by Cardinals legend Stan Musial.

Commissioner Ford Frick stepped in and removed center fielder Gus Bell and right fielder Wally Post from the starting lineup. Giants center fielder Willie Mays and the Braves’ Hank Aaron got the start instead.

Frick also took away fan voting the following year and let the players, managers and coaches pick the All-Stars.

As for the game itself, it came down to a wild and crazy ninth inning.

The American League was ahead 3-2 in the ninth when Billy Pierce of the White Sox led off with a single. The Yankees’ Gil McDougald bunted and he was was safe when the Cardinals’ Red Schoendienst made an error. Nellie Fox of the White Sox sacrificed the runners to second and third, and the Tigers’ Al Kaline singled them home.

Minnie Minoso of the White Sox doubled home Kaline and the American League had a nice and safe 6-2 lead.

Or so it seemed.

In the bottom of the ninth, Musial walked and scored on a triple by Mays, who scored on a wild pitch. The Pirates’ Hank Foiles singled and Bell walked. After an out, the Cubs’ Ernie Banks singled, scoring Foiles. Bell tried to take third on the play, but he was thrown out, and the National League was unable to push the tying run across the plate.

Shortstop Joe DeMaestri of the Kansas City A’s was picked for the game, but he did not appear.

| Pete Grathoff, pgrathoff@kcstar.com

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