1949 All-Star Game

The 1949 MLB All-Star Game was played at historic Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York, home of the Brooklyn Dodgers, recent integrators of Major League Baseball with the addition of Jackie Robinson to the starting lineup. This was the first All-Star Game to include African-American player including Brooklyn Dodgers Jackie Robinson (2B), Roy Campanella (C) and Don Newcombe (SP) for the National League and Cleveland Indians centerfielder Larry Doby for the American League. The AL team consisted of Boston Red Sox Dom DiMaggio (RF), Ted Williams (LF) and Birdie Tebbetts (C) and Mel Parnell (SP), Washington Senators Eddie Robinson (1B), Detroit Tigers George Kell (3B), Philadelphia Athletics Eddie Joost (SS), Chicago White Sox Cass Michaels (2B) and New York Yankees centerfielder Tommy Henrich, though Henrich was replaced by Joe DiMaggio due to Henrich’s injury. The Dodgers (Robinson at second and Pee Wee Reese at shortstop), St. Louis Cardinals (Stan Musial in center and Eddie Kazak at third) and New York Giants (Johnny Mize at first and Willard Marshall in right) had two representatives in the National League lineup as well as Pittsburgh Pirates Ralph Kiner in left, Philadelphia Phillies Andy Seminick behind the plate and Boston Braves Warren Spahn on the mound.

American League hitters got to Spahn right away when George Kell scored on an RBI single from DiMaggio and then DiMaggio scored on an RBI single from Eddie Robinson. Combining the two earned runs with two unearned due to two errors, the AL held a 4-0 before the NL even stepped to the plate. In the bottom of the first, Musial cut the lead in half with a two-run home run that scored Jackie Robinson from second. NL reliever Don Newcombe lined out to left, but still, scored Willard Marshall to make it 4-3. Kiner grounded into a double play in the third, but once Jackie Robinson scored again to tie the game. Three batters later, Kazak hit a single to left to score Brooklyn’s Gil Hodges, who was pinch runner for Johnny Mize, from second to give the NL a 5-4 lead. The American League reclaimed the lead in the top of the fourth on a two-run RBI single from Eddie Joost. In the top of the sixth they added two more as Joe DiMaggio drove in Dom DiMaggio and pinch runner St. Louis Brown’s Bob Dillinger to put the AL up 8-5. Kiner responded in the bottom half of the frame with a two-run shot off Philadelphia Athletics Lou Brissie, but that would be the extent of the NL scoring. In the top of the seventh, AL hitters put the game out of reach with an RBI single from D. DiMaggio and Dillinger and an RBI double from Cleveland’s Dale Mitchell making it 11-7. The 1948 All-Star Game winner Vic Raschi closed out the remaining innings and preserved the 11-7 win for Detroit Tigers Virgil Trucks. Joe DiMaggio could easily have been named player of the game after batting .500, 2-for-4, with 3 RBI.