1930 All-Star Game: National League Outslugs Americans In Homer-Filled Contest
NATIONAL LEAGUE OUTSLUGS AMERICANS
IN HOMER-FILLED CONTEST
FOR SIX HITLESS FRAMES
BROOKLYN, July 8.—Phillies slugger Chuck Klein took advantage of a stiff breeze blowing toward Bedford Avenue and carried the National League’s offense on his back for the first three innings of the seniors’ 8 to 6 victory over the American League at Ebbets Field today. Local flamethrower Dazzy Vance was brilliant in his three frames of work, setting down all nine batters he faced with nary a bead of sweat dampening his brow.
He failed to fan anyone but made opposing stickmen impotent nonetheless. The junior circuit turned the lopsided affair into a contest in the fourth when they plated four runs to knot the game at four scores apiece, but Joe McCarthy’s men scoffed and put the game out of reach in the bottom of the stanza.
Vance and Mackman Lefty Grove dueled to a scoreless draw in the first inning, the Robins hurler eliminating Sam Rice, Charlie Gehringer and Al Simmons in short order, while Grove worked around a lead-off walk to Freddie Lindstrom to retire Travis Jackson, Bill Terry and Hack Wilson in order. Vance needed only eight slants to set down Lou Gehrig, Carl Reynolds and Mickey Cochrane in the top of the second.
Then, displaying a marvelous piece of hitting to lead off the bottom of the frame, Klein showed Vance his appreciation by sending a Grove pitch over the right-center field wall to give his team a 1 to 0 lead. Grove poured two pitches over for strikes, but Klein waited him out and worked the count full before launching his four-bagger.
Grove gave up a one-out single to Lefty O’Doul but had no further trouble. Vance completed his day with another easy inning, retiring Joe Cronin, Marty McManus and pinch-hitter Smead “Smudge” Jolley on only 11 pitches, and triumphantly marched off the mound to a roar of approval from the overflow crowd. Grove, having been removed from the contest by Connie Mack in favor of Jolley, sat seething on the bench while White Sox workhorse Ted Lyons took command of the slab in the bottom of the third. Lindstrom and Terry sandwiched safeties around a Jackson ground out, and two men occupied the sacks when Klein stepped to the dish again.
This time balls and strikes came in reverse order, as Klein jumped ahead in the count with two balls before he was saddled with two strikes, but the end result was the same and he drilled the ball to the same spot he had only an inning before. The three-run blast put the Nationals up 4 to 0 but the advantage was quickly erased in the top of the fourth, thanks to roundtrippers by Simmons and Reynolds, each of whom left the yard with a man on base.
Cubs righthander Charlie Root took over hurling duties for McCarthy but was ineffective from the start. He walked Rice to start the inning and coaxed Gehringer to ground out to second, but Simmons drove a pitch high and deep into the left field seats to cut the lead in half. Root issued a free pass to Gehrig on four straight pitches and Reynolds made him pay with a long belt of his own into the left-center field stand to even the score at 4 to 4. Root escaped without further damage and his teammates immediately went about painting more digits on the scoreboard.
O’Doul made Lyons labor during a lengthy stay in the box that resulted in a base on balls, and George Grantham, sensing that Lyons would rather not waste any more slants, jumped all over the second pitch he saw and lined a shot that split Reynolds and Rice and rolled all the way to the wall in right-center. O’Doul was cashed in all the way from the initial station and Grantham landed on third as the relay throw to McManus there came late. “Marse Joe” called on local hero Babe Herman to get Grantham to the plate and he did his temporary skipper one better, poling a homer down the right field line to extend the Nationals’ lead to 7 to 4.
Giants southpaw Bill Walker entered the fray and duplicated Vance’s feat with three stellar rounds of chucking, surrendering only a walk while whiffing two. It wasn’t until the eighth that the Americans sent a man as far as second base and eventually found the scoring dish again, but the ledger was already too lopsided for them to catch up. The senior loop extended its lead to 8 to 4 with a run in the bottom of the fifth courtesy of a Gabby Hartnett single and run-scoring double off of O’Doul’s club.
It wasn’t until “Fidgety Phil” Collins took the slab for the National League that the AL was able to put up one last round of fighting. Earl Averill hopped off the pine and shot a safety into right field to begin the eighth inning. Johnny Hodapp pushed Averill to the keystone with a grounder, and Simmons sent him scurrying home with a two-bagger to left-center.
Jimmie Foxx finally got a chance to see the field up close and promptly singled Simmons to third. Simmons came home on a Reynolds grounder to Del Bissonette to pull the surrogate Mackmen to within two tallies at 8 to 6, but Collins fanned Earle Combs on three straight offerings and effectively ended the game.
“Sad Sam” Jones put on a bit of a show himself late in the game and might have beaten the National League squad all by his lonesome had he been allowed to play all nine innings.
Jones struck out Woody English and Rabbit Maranville in the bottom of the eighth, then rapped a two-out single in the top of the ninth to put runners on first and third for Hodapp. But Benny Frey coaxed the Indians second sacker to pole a bounder to English, who made a brilliant play on the ball to end the threat and the ballgame.
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