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It was about sometime in 1950's and I remember watching an All-Star Game on our small family B & W TV. As I recall the National League was down 2 runs going into their final at bats, and I remember the announcer saying that "coming to bat for their "last chance" was Ted Kluszewski(Reds) Stan Musial(Cardinals) Red Schoendienst(Cardinals), and Willie Mays(Giants)".
As I recall, but am not certain the game was being called by Buddy Blattner and Dizzy Dean, two unforgetable characters....
I think back today on that moment now, and rezlize that I was looking at 4 Hall Of Fame players and did not realize it in my young age...what a line up to face at the plate...as I recall Kluszewski made an out, but then Musial and Schoendienst got hits and got on base....Mays came up and drove a ball way back into the center field stands and the National League went on to win the game....Musial was always a big fan of mine, becasue as a kid, the Columbus Red Birds were a St Louis farm club. I belonged to the Knothole Gang, and had a season's pass for $.50 for the whole year. I was real sad to see him pass this week..what a great gentlemen and representative of MLB of the past!
This post was edited by Bigjimmie on 1/21/2013 at 3:25 PM
Thanks again for another great story
Thanks for sharing.
If I recall he was also either the first or second batter that joe nuxhall ever faced as a young 15yo left hander when he made his record making debut. He said stan crushed the ball.
Rip both nuxy and Musial. Baseball heaven added one of it's greatest members...
You've got a great memory Bigjimmie. I did a little looking around and I think you must have been watching the 1955 All Star game.
(The best I can determine there were only two All Star games that featured Kluszewski, Musial, Schoendienst and Mays - 1954 and 1955. And 1955 is the only game in which they seem to bat consecutively).
Link to the box score below - should bring back some memories.
A very interesting side note to the game, that references our mutual hero, is a quote by Frank Sullivan - who apparently gave up the game winning walk off home run to Musial in the bottom of the 12th.
"I never even looked back. As soon as he (Stan Musial) hit it, I knew that was that." - Frank Sullivan
My dad and I both loved "Stan the Man" and I'm guessing the three of us may have attended a few of the same games at Red Bird Stadium.
Thanks for giving me an opportunity to take a brief stroll down memory lane.
I was in old Crosley Field In Cincinnati in the late 1940's for a Sunday double header and he hit four home runs and they got him out once all afternoon. He was truly the man.
Thanks jfs....some times the old memory is strained....and the exact details...but I know it was a great outcome....it must have been the 1955 game.....I also remember another small detail from that game......in one of his at bats, an American League first basemen was playing Big Ted Kluszewski up real close and up off the base... and the one announcer said "man, that guy must have a death wish".....as you remember Ted had huge tree trunk arms wiht a cut off shirt to show them off.....just a neat memory...the trips out to Red Bird Stadium(or as we called them The Dead Birds..ha ha) back then were a real adventure for me as I lived in the far North End of Columbus.....As I recall my neighbor friend an me had the Cardinal ball hats with the red bill havk then!
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