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July 07, 1958
When the first All-Star Game was played in 1933 it was tied in as a promotional device to Chicago's gala world's fair, The Century of Progress. A newspaper vote elected 18 players to each squad and named Connie Mack and John McGraw as managers. Babe Ruth hit a home run, and everything went beautifully. Even so, no one really expected the game to survive, and critics later actually called for its abandonment. But, as the pictures on these pages demonstrate, its perfection as a showcase for the great players and its habit of producing unforgettable moments caused it to flourish beyond all expectation, until now, as it celebrates its silver anniversary, it ranks second only to the World Series as baseball's great annual event.
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July 07, 1958

25 Years Of All-stars

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Longest All-Star Game ever played was won by the Nationals in 14th inning when Red Schoendienst (below, rounding third) hit homer.

The second longest game was won by Schoendienst's longtime friend and roommate, Stan Musial. With the score tied 5-5, Musial hit the first pitch in the last half of the 12th inning for a home run. The National League bench boiled onto the field (right) to welcome Musial as he reached home plate with the winning run. SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S readers are invited to try to identify the National Leaguers welcoming Musial.

The first postwar All-Star Game was a 12-0 rout of the National League by the American, and once again the hero was Ted Williams, back from his first tour of military duty and playing in Fenway Park before a home-town crowd of appreciative Boston Red Sox fans. Up five times, he walked, hit two singles and two homers, scored four runs and batted in five. The climax of the game was his second home run (above), the first ever hit off Rip Sewell's famous supersoft "blooper" pitch.

Richie Ashburn's amazing leap and one-handed grab of a fly ball against the outfield fence is only one in a long series of superb fielding plays that have decorated the All-Star Game. Fans still talk of Joe Gordon and Enos Slaughter and even Ted Williams, who made a brilliant catch in 1949.


There has never been a more acrobatic display of infielding skills than that put on by Ken Boyer in 1956. In the first inning (top strip) he dove headlong to his left to catch a line drive hit by Harvey Kuenn. In the fifth he dove just as far to his right to stop a sharp ground ball hit by Kuenn, then rose and threw Harvey out at first base.


Red Schoendienst tried to steal home with two out in the eighth inning and was called out. National Leaguers bitterly insisted that the American League pitcher had balked. Here Charlie Grimm (40) continues protest, with Leo Durocher and Al Dark standing by. Schoendienst turns to fire a parting shot, but Stan Musial slumps away to dugout and Manager Walt Alston goes to mound. Umpire Stewart ignores them all.

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

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