AS July nears, Baltimore is preparing for its second All-Star game. The first was played 35 years ago, on July 8, 1958.
To celebrate its first All-Star game, Baltimore planned a parade. The 36-car procession left from the Emerson and Lord Baltimore hotels at 9:30 a.m. It moved west on Baltimore Street to Howard Street. From Howard, the caravan moved east on Lexington Street to Charles, then finally to 33rd Street and Memorial Stadium for the 1 p.m. game.
The contest was billed as another classic confrontation between two of baseball's purest hitters, Stan Musial and Ted Williams. Musial, at age 38, set two milestones. First, he became the only player to be voted to 15 All-Star games. Second, Musial's first-inning single became his record 17th career All-Star hit. Williams, 40, was appearing in his 14th All-Star game.
The starting line up for the American League went as follows:
Casey Stengel (New York Yankees), manager; Bill Skowron (Yankees), first base; Nelson Fox (Chicago White Sox), second base; Luis Aparicio (Chicago White Sox), shortstop; Frank Malzone (Boston Red Sox), third base; Bob Cerv (Kansas City Athletics), left field; Mickey Mantle (Yankees), center field; Jackie Jensen (Red Sox), right field and Gus Triandos (Orioles), catcher.
Opposing them from the National League was a fierce-looking lineup:
Fred Haney (Milwaukee Braves), manager; Stan Musial (St. Louis Cardinals), first base; Bill Mazeroski (Pittsburgh Pirates), second base; Ernie Banks (Chicago Cubs), short stop; Frank Thomas (Pirates), third base; Bob Skinner (Pirates), left field; Willie Mays (San Francisco Giants), center field; Hank Aaron (Braves), right field and Del Crandall (Braves), catcher.
The game failed to be the hitting contest it was expected to be. Ted Williams didn't get a hit. He lost his starting position to Kansas City's Bob Cerv, who had won fan support by playing most of the season with his broken jaw wired shut. There were only nine hits the entire game, none for extra bases. The hero, appropriately, was Baltimore's left-handed pitcher Billy O'Dell, who finished the game, and gave the American League the 4-3 win.
The deciding moment in the game came in the sixth inning, when manager Stengel pulled pitcher Early Wynn for a pinch hitter, Yankee infielder Gil McDougald.
At the time, the score was tied with one out and two runners on base. McDougald drove in Boston's Frank Malzone, giving the American League a 4-3 lead. Replacing Wynn on the mound, O'Dell protected the lead, throwing just 27 pitches, and retiring nine consecutive batters in the final three innings.
In the end, the American League players received prizes -- such as carving sets and silver cigarette cases -- worth between $70 and $140 for their efforts. The AL victory that year was the second in a row, and the 15th win in the prior 25 for the so-called junior circuit.