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1957 MLB All-Star Game
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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
American League 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 6 10 0
National League 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 5 9 1
Date July 9, 1957
Venue Sportsman's Park
City St. Louis, Missouri
Managers American League - Casey Stengel (NYY)
National League - Walter Alston (BKN)
Attendance 30,693
First pitch None
Television NBC
TV announcers Mel Allen, Al Helfer
Radio NBC
Radio announcers Bob Neal, Harry Caray

The 1957 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 24th playing of the midseason exhibition baseball game between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 9, 1957 at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, Missouri, the home of the St. Louis Cardinals of the National League. The game was marked by controversy surrounding Cincinnati Reds fans stuffing the ballot box and electing all but one of their starting position players to the game. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 6-5.

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Cincinnati Reds voting controversy

When fan voting to determine the game's starters was completed, seven Cincinnati Reds players (Ed Bailey, Johnny Temple, Roy McMillan, Don Hoak, Frank Robinson, Gus Bell and Wally Post) had been elected to start in the All-Star Game. The only non-Red elected to start for the National League was St. Louis Cardinal first baseman Stan Musial. While the Reds were known to be a great offensive team with many outstanding position players, most baseball observers agreed that they did not deserve seven starters in the All-Star Game. An investigation showed that over half of the ballots cast came from Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Enquirer had printed up pre-marked ballots and distributed them with the Sunday newspaper to make it easy for Reds fans to vote often. There were even stories of bars in Cincinnati not serving alcohol to customers until they filled out a ballot.

Commissioner Ford Frick decided to appoint Willie Mays of the New York Giants and Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves to substitute for Reds players Gus Bell and Wally Post. In addition, Frick decided to strip the fans of their voting rights. Managers, players, and coaches picked the entire team until 1970, when the vote again returned to the fans.

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American League

Starters
Position Player Team All-Star Games
P Jim Bunning Tigers 1
C Yogi Berra Yankees 10
1B Vic Wertz Indians 4
2B Nellie Fox White Sox 7
3B George Kell Orioles 10
SS Harvey Kuenn Tigers 5
OF Al Kaline Tigers 3
OF Mickey Mantle Yankees 6
OF Ted Williams Red Sox 14
Pitchers
Position Player Team All-Star Games
P Bob Grim Yankees 1
P Billy Loes Orioles 1
P Don Mossi Indians 1
P Billy Pierce White Sox 4
P Bobby Shantz Yankees 3
P Early Wynn Indians 3
Reserves
Position Player Team All-Star Games
C Elston Howard Yankees 1
C Gus Triandos Orioles 1
1B Moose Skowron Yankees 1
2B Bobby Richardson Yankees 1
3B Frank Malzone Red Sox 1
SS Joe DeMaestri Athletics 1
SS Gil McDougald Yankees 3
OF Charlie Maxwell Tigers 2
OF Minnie Miñoso White Sox 5
OF Roy Sievers Senators 2

National League

Starters
Position Player Team All-Star Games
P Curt Simmons Phillies 3
C Ed Bailey Reds 2
1B Stan Musial Cardinals 14
2B Johnny Temple Reds 2
3B Don Hoak Reds 1
SS Roy McMillan Reds 2
OF Hank Aaron[1] Braves 3
OF Willie Mays[1] Giants 4
OF Frank Robinson Reds 2
Pitchers
Position Player Team All-Star Games
P Johnny Antonelli Giants 3
P Lew Burdette Braves 1
P Larry Jackson Cardinals 1
P Clem Labine Dodgers 2
P Jack Sanford Phillies 1
P Warren Spahn Braves 9
Reserves
Position Player Team All-Star Games
C Hank Foiles Pirates 1
C Hal Smith Cardinals 1
1B Gil Hodges Dodgers 8
2B Red Schoendienst Braves 10
3B Eddie Mathews Braves 4
SS Ernie Banks Cubs 3
SS Johnny Logan Braves 2
OF Gus Bell Reds 4
OF Gino Cimoli Dodgers 1
OF Wally Moon Cardinals 1

Game

Umpires

Home Plate Larry Napp
First Base Frank Dascoli
Second Base Johnny Stevens
Third Base Hal Dixon
Left Field Nestor Chylak
Right Field Stan Landes

Starting lineups

American League National League
Order Player Team Position Order Player Team Position
1 Harvey Kuenn Tigers SS 1 Johnny Temple Reds 2B
2 Nellie Fox White Sox 2B 2 Hank Aaron Braves RF
3 Al Kaline Tigers RF 3 Stan Musial Cardinals 1B
4 Mickey Mantle Yankees CF 4 Willie Mays Giants CF
5 Ted Williams Red Sox LF 5 Ed Bailey Reds C
6 Vic Wertz Indians 1B 6 Frank Robinson Reds LF
7 Yogi Berra Yankees C 7 Don Hoak Reds 3B
8 George Kell Orioles 3B 8 Roy McMillan Reds SS
9 Jim Bunning Tigers P 9 Curt Simmons Phillies P

Game summary

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
American 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 6 10 0
National 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 5 9 1

WP: Jim Bunning (1-0)  LP: Curt Simmons (0-1)  

Footnotes and references

  1. ^ a b Commissioner Ford Frick named them to the starting lineup to replace Gus Bell and Wally Post.

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