1957 All-Star Game
Controversy surrounded the 1957 outing as the fanatical Cincinnati voters stuffed the ballot boxes and elected nearly their entire team (minus first baseman George Crowe & the batboy) onto the National League's starting roster. This upset Commissioner Ford Frick greatly and he responded by removing Gus Bell and Wally Post from the starting nine. He also transferred the responsibility for All-Star voting to the players, managers and coaches the next year.
For only the second time in eight years, the American League came up a winner in what was a "one-inning" game (meaning the ninth inning). The American League took a 3-2 lead into the ninth. With Clem Labine pitching, Billy Pierce led off for the junior circuit with an infield single. Then, Gil McDougald was safe when Red Schoendienst fumbled his grounder. Nelson Fox sacrificed the runners up one base and Al Kaline delivered them with a single. Minnie Minoso, who had entered the game defensively in the eighth, drove in Kaline with a double for a 6-2 American League lead.
The National League was determined to mount a comeback as Pierce walked Stan Musial. Then Willie Mays tripled to right, scoring Musial. Mays scored a moment later on a wild pitch to Hank Foiles. He singled and Gus Bell walked. Don Mossi replaced Pierce and struck out Eddie Mathews for the first out. Ernie Banks singled, scoring Foiles and making it 6-5. When Bell tried to go to third on the play, Minoso fielded the ball and fired to Frank Malzone, getting Bell for the second out. Banks went to second on the throw. Gil Hodges was chose to pinch hit for Labine as Bob Grim came in to pitch. He sent a shot to left-center, but Minoso made a spectacular running catch to end the game.