Today in Tribe History: July 13, 1954
Bob Toth | On 13, Jul 2015
1954 – The Cleveland Indians host the 21st Midsummer Classic at Cleveland Stadium with the American League squad winning by an 11-9 score over the National League in front of 68,751 spectators.
The Indians were well represented on the team, as both Bobby Avila and Al Rosen were fan choices for the exhibition and pitchers Mike Garcia and Bob Lemon and outfielder Larry Doby were extras on the roster. Garcia did not play due to injury, as he had suffered a broken blood vessel in the middle finger of his pitching hand nine days earlier during a start against the Chicago White Sox.
Former Indians outfielder Minnie Minoso hit leadoff, followed by Avila at second base. Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra were the three and four hitters before Rosen, who started at first base. Ray Boone, who had been traded by the Tribe to Detroit during the 1953 season, batted sixth at third base in his first All-Star appearance. New York’s Hank Bauer hit seventh and future Indians infielder Chico Carrasquel, who would come to Cleveland in 1958, hit eighth and played shortstop with Yankees’ starter Whitey Ford on the mound.
In front of their hometown crowd, the Indians represented their city well, as Avila singled in first, singled and scored in the third, drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth, and singled in Ted Williams in the sixth inning. He would be lifted in the top of the eighth as part of a double-switch.
Rosen struck out in the first, but followed it with a three-run homer in the third and a two-run homer in the fifth. He added a single in the sixth to load the bases, but no further runs scored. He walked in the eighth as the AL took the lead on a two-run single from Nellie Fox that followed with two outs and he moved over to third base for the ninth inning.
Even Doby, off of the bench, played a huge role, as he pinch-hit for pitcher Dean Stone with one out in the eighth in a 9-8 NL lead and homered to tie the game. Lemon worked two-thirds of an inning in relief, retiring two of the three batters he faced but allowing one inherited runner to score to give the NL a then 5-4 lead in the fourth.