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A violent home plate collision between Cleveland Indians catcher Ray Fosse and Cincinnati Reds star Pete Rose becomes the story of the day as Rose’s run in the 12th inning sends the National League All-Star team home victorious with a 5-4 walk-off win over the American League at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati.
For the 21st time ever, the best of the American and National Leagues met on the diamond for the annual Midsummer Classic and for the second time, the event headed to Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday, July 13, 1954.
The ’54 season had all the makings of being a special year for the Indians and it only seemed fitting that the top club in the American League (Cleveland held a half-game lead over New York with one fewer loss at the break) had the opportunity to host the event for the first time since 1935, when a then-record 69,812 filled the seats along the shores of Lake Erie. It was a star-studded event as All-Star Games tend to be, with 17 of the 55 players and three of six managers/coaches on the collective rosters eventually taking up residence in Cooperstown.
So long, six-game winning streak. The Cleveland Indians lost a 3-1 lead in a three-run Minnesota rally in the seventh inning and the Twins held on for a 5-3 victory.
Hard-charging into the break winners of six in a row, the Indians bounced back from a first inning deficit to take a 3-1 lead after six innings, but the bullpen could not protect the lead in relief of starter Mike Clevinger. Nick Goody’s throwing error in the seventh helped the Twins put together their game-changing rally to fend off the Tribe.
The Indians added to their relief pitching depth on Friday afternoon with the acquisition of right-hander Phil Maton from the San Diego Padres.
Maton was dealt by the Padres on Friday as the team looked to call up hard-throwing 20-year-old right-hander Andres Munoz from Triple-A El Paso. The Indians shipped international bonus pool money to San Diego for Maton’s services, which freed up the roster space needed for Munoz.
It marked the second time in as many weeks that Cleveland has picked up minor league depth at the top farm level, following the team’s acquisition of utility man Andrew Velazquez from Tampa Bay the week earlier.
Cleveland is playing host to the 90th Midsummer Classic, with the annual exhibition kicking off at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, July 9.
The game may not mean as much as it used to with the advent of daily interleague play around the country, and it no longer has bearing on home field advantage for the World Series, but it still remains a great opportunity to watch some of the greats of the game take the field in competitive action.
With the 90th Midsummer Classic coming to Cleveland on Tuesday, July 9, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look back at some of the other All-Star Games hosted by the city over the years. – BT
Cleveland’s new jewel on the lake hosted baseball’s best and brightest in one gathering in 1997 when the 68th edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game came back to town for the first time since 1981.
Jacobs Field was the site of the Midsummer Classic, hosting the game for the first time since Cleveland set a new All-Star record for the crowd in attendance at Municipal Stadium in 1981. This time, the venue changed and was much smaller (eliminating any sort of record setting numbers through the turnstiles), but the sellout crowd that came out in support of the game was treated to a historic effort from one of its hometown boys.