AL ended 4-game losing streak in '54 ASG

Rosen had two of six HRs hit in 11-9 slugfest

AL ended 4-game losing streak in '54 ASG

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

The American League rallied with three runs in the bottom of the eighth on July 13, 1954, to halt the National League's four-game winning streak in one of the more exciting All-Star Games in series history.

Five All-Star Game offensive records were set or tied in the AL's 11-9 victory before record crowd of 69,751 at Cleveland Municipal Stadium.

Six home runs were hit, including four by the American League -- with two of those off the bat of Indians first baseman Al Rosen. The teams combined for All-Star Game records of 20 runs and 31 hits, with the AL having 17 of the hits.

The game started quietly enough with Whitey Ford of the Yankees holding the NL scoreless on one hit over three innings.

But after blanking the AL for two innings, Robin Roberts of the Philadelphia Phillies gave up four runs in the bottom of the second on back-to-back homers by Rosen and Ray Boone.

Rosen's first homer followed a lead-off walk drawn by Chicago White Sox outfielder Minnie Minoso and a single by Indians second baseman Bobby Avila.

San Diego native Ray Boone -- who was the father of Major League catcher Bob Boone and the grandfather of Major Leaguers Aaron and Bret Boone -- followed with a second straight blast to left center. The Hoover High grad was making his first appearance in an All-Star Game.

Now it was the NL's time to strike with five runs in the top of the fourth thanks to five straight, one-out hits off Chicago White Sox pitcher Sandy Consuegra. Outfielders Duke Snider of the Brooklyn Dodgers and Stan Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals singled to start the rally.

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Ted Kluszewski singled home Snider and Cardinals third baseman Ray Jablonski singled home Musial before both scored on a double by Dodgers left fielder Jackie Robinson. Bob Lemon came on in relief of Consuegra and gave up a run-scoring double to pinch-hitter Don Mueller of the New York Giants.

The AL tied the game in the bottom of the fourth and the teams exchanged two-run innings in the fifth -- on two-run homers by Kluszewski and Rosen -- to keep the score tied at 7-7. A sacrifice fly by Avila in the sixth gave the AL a one-run lead that it took into the top of the eighth.

Now it was again the NL's time to strike in the back-and-forth game that saw six lead changes.

With one out in the top of the eighth, Giants center fielder Willie Mays singled off Bob Keegan of the Chicago White Sox. Keegan struck out Dodgers catcher Roy Campanella for the second out with the pitcher's spot due up. Red outfielder Gus Bell pinch-hit for the Giants' Marv Grissom and rocketed a two-run homer to right center to put the NL back ahead at 9-8.

Six-foot-eight right-hander Gene Conley of the Milwaukee Braves -- who also played in the NBA with the Boston Celtics -- came on to pitch the eighth for the NL and with one out gave up a game-tying homer to pinch-hitter Larry Doby of the host Indians.

With the game tied for the fourth time, Yankee teammates Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra followed Doby's homer with singles before Conley walked Rosen to load the bases. The game was packed with hitting heroes.

For the AL, Rosen was 3-for-4 with a walk, the two homers and five RBIs. Avila was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored. Fox, who replaced starter Avila at second, also had two RBIs while Mantle, Minoso and Berra each had two hits.

Future Fallbrook resident Snider lead the NL, going 3-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. Kluszewski was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, a homer and three RBIs. Musial was 2-for-5.

Dean Stone of the Senators picked up the win for the AL without retiring a hitter. Stone entered the game with two on and two out in the top of the eighth to face Snider. But with Snider at the plate, Stone threw out Red Schoendienst of the Cardinals in an attempted steal of home to end the inning.