1B DALE LONG
( Pirates No. 3)—30, 3rd year, 1st All-Star. Life .289. Season .316. Bats L.
2B JOHNNY TEMPLE (Redlegs No. 16)—26, 5th year, 1st All-Star. Life .283. Season .284. Bats R.
ss ROY MCMILLAN
(Redlegs No. 11)—25, 6th year, 1st All-Star. Life .253. Season .298. Bats R.
3B KEN BOYER
( Cardinals No. 14)—25, 2nd year, 1st All-Star. Life .290. Season .338. Bats R.
1B Ted Kiuszewski (Redlegs No. 18)—31, 10th year, 4th All-Star (.417 in 12 AB). Life .302. Season .282. Bats L.
2B Jim Gilliam
( Dodgers No. 19)—27, 4th year, 1st All-Star. Life .274. Season .302. Bats L-R.
ss Ernie Banks
(Cubs No. 14)—25, 4th year, 2nd All-Star (.000 in 2 AB). Life .285. Season .280. Bats R.
3B Ed Mathews
(Braves No. 41)—24, 5th year, 3rd All-Star (.000 in 5 AB). Life .277. Season .242. Bats L.
First-line infield is brilliant fielding quartet. Long's homer hitting has obscured the fact that he is an adroit, graceful, resourceful first baseman. Skinny little Temple is an able partner of skinny little McMillan, who regularly makes more spectacular plays than any other shortstop you're ever likely to see. Temple is also a crafty lead-off man—always on base when you need him there. Boyer makes an occasional mental lapse at third but has the reflexes, range and great arm of a shortstop. It will be hard to shoot ground singles past these four. The reserves lose a little fielding but, except for Mathews who is below par this year, they are better with the bat. Gilliam, a surprising but eminently fair All-Star choice, is one of those topflight players who labor in obscurity. Banks, of course, is a manager's dream: a fine fielder and a dangerous power hitter. Big Klu began slowly, but his heavy-armed swing frightens more and more pitchers each week. The edge is definitely the National League's. [tick mark]
LF FRANK ROBINSON (Redlegs No. 20)—20, 1st year, 1st All-Star. Life .324. Season .324. Bats R.
CF GUS BELL (Redlegs No. 25)—27, 7th year, 3rd All-Star (.250 in 4 AB). Life .288. Season .291. Bats L.
RF STAN MUSIAL
( Cardinals No. 6)—35, 15th year, 13th All-Star (.326 in 43 AB). Life .342. Season .318. Bats L.
LF Rip Repulski
( Cardinals No. 8)—27, 4th year, 1st All-Star. Life .283. Season .360. Bats R.
CF Duke snider ( Dodgers No. 4)—29, 10th year, 7th All-Star (.429 in 7 AB). Life .307. Season .292. Bats L.
CF Willie Mays
( Giants No. 24)—25, 5th year, 3rd All-Star (.600 in 5 AB). Life .307. Season .291. Bats R.
RF Hank Aaron
(Braves No. 44)—22, 3rd year, 2nd All-Star (1.000 in 2 AB). Life .300. Season .306. Bats R.
Robinson, 20, is one of youngest ever to play in All-Star Game. Long and relatively lean, he has exceptional power at bat; he's also a fine fielder with a strong arm that has recovered completely after going absolutely dead last year. Bell is almost as extraordinary a fielder as far-famed Piersall, Mays and Snider, but not many people outside Cincinnati know about it. He's a strong long-ball hitter and fast on the bases. Musial is Musial: one of the very best players in the history of the game. At 35 he's slowed up a little in the outfield and is better off at first base. Of the reserves, Repuiski is just a fair hitter and an ordinary fielder, but the other three—Snider, Mays and Aaron—are Hall of Fame material: great fielders, great hitters. They give The edge to the National. [tick mark]
(Redlegs No. 6)—25, 4th year, 1st Ail-Star. Life .263. Season .343. Bats L.
( Dodgers No. 39)—34, 9th year, 7th All-Star (.100 in 20 AB). Life .282. Season .215 Bats R.
(Braves No. 1)—26, 6th year, 3rd All-Star (.000 in 1 AB). Life .247. Season .253. Bats R.
Bailey, big, strong and tough, is a fine-fielding catcher with an accurate arm who hits for distance and runs with speed. He's good. Campanella, who has slumped after each of his three MVP seasons, is having a bad time this year, but he's still a very nice catcher, indeed, to have in reserve. Crandall, a good catcher, is a long-ball hitter.
( Giants No. 43)—26, 7th year, 2nd All-Star (13.50 ERA in 2 IP). Life 59-52. Season 7-7. Throws L.
( Pirates No. 19)—25, 6th year, 1st All-Star. Life 53-65. Season 11-6. Throws R.
( Dodgers No. 41)—29, 7th year, 1st All-Star. Life 51-25. Season 7-3. Throws R.
(Redlegs No. 46)—31, 3rd year, 1st All-Star. Life 28-14. Season 10-0. Throws R.
(Redlegs No. 39)—27, 6th year, 2nd All-Star (0.00 ERA in 3 1/3 IP). Life 44-39. Season 5-7. Throws L.
(Phils No. 36)—29, 9th year, 7th All-Star (6.43 ERA in 14 IP). Life 168-111. Season 8-9. Throws R.
(Braves No. 21)—35, 12th year, 8th All-Star (1.50 ERA in 6 IP). Life 189-130. Season 6-6. Throws L.
Friend, Nuxhall and Labine have the glittering pitches that could work well enough for three innings to set any team, even one with Mantle, on its ear. Friend has a sinking fast ball, Labine an amazing sinking curve and Nuxhall a nicely controlled fast ball. Spahn, oldest pitcher on the squad, has had some brilliant moments in recent weeks and might just show the other league something he has saved from his younger brilliance. Roberts, year in and year out the best pitcher in the National League, is a testimonial to the fact that in baseball, at any rate, consistency is a jewel: he's better week in and week out over the season than in any selected three-inning stint. Antonelli is a handsome left-hander with the proper fast ball, curve and changeup, but players say he tends to telegraph the change. Lawrence, strong, steady and a hard worker, doesn't seem to be a good bet to rise to three-inning brilliance.
The National League
at the start of the game will have, among others on its bench, substitute players named Banks, Campanella, Mathews, Snider, Aaron, Kiuszewski and Mays. What may turn out to be Walter Alston's most pressing problem could be the proper application of such overwhelmingly capable reserves. This is not said facetiously. On paper the National League has a big advantage in hitting and fielding, but that advantage is gained by comparing all the infielders and all the outfielders and not just those starting. If the advantage stays on the bench or is otherwise wasted, Alston will be lucky to win. But he has shown with the Dodgers an ability to make efficient use of a multiplicity of players. Because of this and because of its basic superiority in both hitting and fielding, the National League, winner of five of the last six All-Star Games, has The edge again. [tick mark]
BASEBALL HISTORY AT GRIFFITH STADIUM
Currently famous as the setting of the musical comedy Damn Yankees, Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C. has enriched four decades of baseball with many notable incidents:
1 In 1912 portly President Taft tossed out the first ball on Opening Day and established the practice as an annual event.
2 In 1932 Yankees' Bill Dickey, angered by a rough slide, hit Senators' Carl Reynolds and broke his jaw in two places.
3 In the 12th inning of the seventh game of the 1924 World Series, Washington's Muddy Ruel hit a pop foul. New York Catcher Hank Gowdy tripped over his mask and dropped the ball. Ruel, given another chance, doubled. Now see incident No. 11.
4 On Sept. 30, 1934 Babe Ruth took his last swing of the bat as a New York Yankee. He flied quietly to center.
5 Mickey Mantle hit his famous 595-foot homer in April 1953.
6 Dizzy Dean had his toe broken by a line drive in the 1937 All-Star Game. Favoring it, Dean altered his throwing motion, developed a sore arm and, at 26, was ruined as a pitcher. He had won 133 games previously, won only 17 thereafter.
7 In 1931 Lou Gehrig hit a homer. Lyn Lary, on second, thought the ball had been caught and trotted past third, off the field and into the dugout. When Gehrig passed third he was called out for passing a base runner and lost his home run.
8 Altrock and Schacht clowned as Senators' coaches, 1924-34.