THE ALL-STAR GAME -
FROM RUTH TO MAYS
A new DVD on the All Star Game covering the years 1933-1957 has just been released by Rare Sportsfilms, Inc.! The 1-hour, 50 minute presentation shows highlights of every game except 1940 and 1943. Early clips are from rare newsreels through 1954, then Major League Baseball made its first All-Star Game film covering the 1955 classic at County Stadium, Milwaukee. All film through 1955 is B & W, but the 1956 and 1957 films are in beautiful COLOR! 1955 and 1957 also have bonus footage of an "All-Star Preview"! The new DVD also has a special menu, so you can select any one of eight different films which make up the entire program! Here are the eight chapters (8 different films) all on this new DVD:
1933-1956 "The All-Star Game - From Ruth To Mays" (highlights of most games, 1933-1956): Ruth hits first All-Star homer! Hubbell fans five A.L. sluggers in a row in '34 (Ruth, Gehrig, Foxx, Simmons and Cronin)! DiMaggio's first A.S. HR in '39 at Yankee Stadium! The Pirates' Arky Vaughn hits two HR's at Detroit in '41, only to be forgotten when young Ted Williams wins the game in the last of the ninth with a 3-run shot! William's "blooper" homer in '46 at Fenway as A.L. romps, 12-0! Ted breaking his elbow at Comiskey Park in '50 and Red Schoendienst's game-winning 14th inning HR! The wild slugfest at Cleveland in '54 with both Ted Kluszewski and Al Rosen (2) hitting round trippers; Mickey Mantle's smash off Robin Roberts at Milwaukee in 1955 and Stan Musial's homer in the 12th to win it. It's a smorgasbord of the greatest plays of the first 24 years of the All-Star Game, many by some of the greatest players in baseball history!
- 1948 All-Star Game at Sportsman's Park, St. Louis - Homers by Stan Musial and Hoot Evers in the first two innings, but Yankee pitcher Vic Raschi is the batting star of the game, with bases loaded single driving in winning runs off Johnny Schmitz of the Cubs.
- 1949 and 1950 All-Star Games at Brooklyn and Comiskey Park - New footage of both games is provided here on "Jimmy Power's Press Box Favorites". Musial's three hits include another first-inning HR in '49! In '50 Kiner's last of the ninth game-tying HR saves N.L. and sets stage for Red Schoendienst 5 innings later!
- 1952 All-Star Game at Shibe Park, Philadelphia - First game to be cut short by rain, which halts play after five innings with N.L. leading 3-2. Jackie Robinson hits first A.S. HR in first inning! Hank Sauer of the Cubs unloads 2-run shot in the 4th off Bob Lemon to provide victory margin. Philadelphia pitchers Bobby Shantz (having his finest season) and Curt Simmons of the host Phillies steal the show. Starter Simmons blanks A.L. on two hits in three innings.
- 1955 All-Star Game at County Stadium, Milwaukee - Includes pre-game special on starting players chosen for the '55 game! Mantle blasts tremendous first inning 3-run HR off Robin Roberts! A.L. builds 5-0 lead which lasts until the 7th. Two runs in the 7th and three more in the 8th tie game, 5-5! Milwaukee's "Long Gene" Conley strikes out the side in the top of the 12th! Stan Musial smacks Frank Sullivan's first pitch out of the park to give N.L. 6-5 uphill win! It's Stan's 4th A.S. homer!
- 1956 All-Star Game at Griffith Stadium, Washington - This one is in beautiful COLOR and includes great shots of the old ballpark, plus views of the players around the batting cage during pre-game festivities, including all the great stars in both leagues during the 1950's; Musial, Mays, Mathews, Boyer, Aaron, Johnny Temple, Roy McMillan, Kluszewski, Frank Robinson, Campy, Snider, Williams, Mantle, Berra, Kell, Kaline, Ford, Herb Score, Fox, Kuenn, Banks, starting pitchers Billy Pierce and Bob Friend and opposing managers Casey Stengel and Walt Alston. The N.L. on homers by Willie Mays and Stan Musial, beats the A.L. 7-3, although Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams hit back-to-back homers in the sixth inning off Milwaukee's Warren Spahn.
- 1957 All-Star Game at old Busch Stadium, St. Louis - Also includes pre-game special on starting players chosen for the '57 game! This was the year Red's fan stuffed the ballot box and voted Cincinnati players to every position except first base (Musial)! However, Commissioner Ford Frick stepped in and replaced Gus Bell and Wally Post with Hank Aaron and Willie Mays)! Most of the game action is packed into the ninth inning. In the top of the frame, the A.L. expands its 3-2 lead to 6-2, but the Nationals come roaring back to come within a run in the last half. Minnie Minoso, who drives in the winning run with a double, is star of the game, with two came-saving ninth-inning plays in the 6-5 A.L. victory!
- Jim Leaming's Interview with losing pitcher Curt Simmons of the Phils a few days after the '57 All-Star Game. Talks about his career, injuries, what happened in the '57 A.S. Game and '57 N.L Pennant race.
Get your own DVD of the story of the All-Star Games 1933-1957 for only $29.95 + $4.00 for shipping and handling (Illinois residents MUST add $2.00 sales tax)
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