1959 Major League Baseball All-Star Game (first game)
|Date||July 7, 1959|
|Ceremonial first pitch||Vice President Richard Nixon|
|TV announcers||Mel Allen, Curt Gowdy|
|Radio announcers||Jack Brickhouse, Bob Prince|
The 1959 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 26th edition of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues composing Major League Baseball. The game was played on Tuesday, July 7, at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates of the NL, and was a 5–4 victory for the National League. An unprecedented second game was played four weeks later in Los Angeles, California.
In a break from tradition, the league scheduled a "doubleheader" as part of an effort to boost the players' pension fund. The first game was held on Tuesday, July 7, at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League. The second game was on Monday, August 3, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California, the home of the Los Angeles Dodgers, also of the NL.
The first game resulted in a 5–4 victory for the NL. and the AL won the second game 5–3 for a split. The experiment of two All-Star Games continued for four seasons; the tradition of just one annual game resumed in 1963.
Players in italics have since been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
- -x – Injured and could not play
- -y – Injury replacement
|American League||National League|
|1||Minnie Miñoso||Indians||LF||1||Johnny Temple||Reds||2B|
|2||Nellie Fox||White Sox||2B||2||Eddie Mathews||Braves||3B|
|3||Al Kaline||Tigers||CF||3||Hank Aaron||Braves||RF|
|4||Bill Skowron||Yankees||1B||4||Willie Mays||Giants||CF|
|5||Rocky Colavito||Indians||RF||5||Ernie Banks||Cubs||SS|
|6||Gus Triandos||Orioles||C||6||Orlando Cepeda||Giants||1B|
|7||Harmon Killebrew||Senators||3B||7||Wally Moon||Dodgers||LF|
|8||Luis Aparicio||White Sox||SS||8||Del Crandall||Braves||C|
|9||Early Wynn||White Sox||P||9||Don Drysdale||Dodgers||P|
|WP: Johnny Antonelli (1–0) LP: Whitey Ford (0–1)|
AL: Al Kaline (1)
NL: Eddie Mathews (2)
- "Richard Nixon throws out the first pitch at the 1959 All-Star Game". The Daily Sentinel. Associated Press. July 7, 1959. p. 6. Retrieved March 18, 2022.
- "Drysdale faces Wynn in 26th All-Star classic". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. July 7, 1959. p. 12.
- "Casey to shake up AL club". Toledo Blade. (Ohio). Associated Press. July 8, 1959. p. 45.
- Hernon, Jack (July 8, 1959). "National League triumphs, 5-4". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 1.
- "Second All-Star game finally approved". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. June 9, 1959. p. 18.
- "Walker vs. Drysdale in 2d All-Star contest". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. August 3, 1959. p. 11.
- "American tips National, 5-3, in All-Star home run battle". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. August 4, 1959. p. 12.
- Abrams, Al (August 4, 1959). "AL takes All-Star Game, 5-3". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 1.