Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Diamond Mind Replay: The 1952 All-Star Game at Shibe Park

PBR - Before officially turning the page on the Midsummer Classic, the Review again collaborated with Diamond Mind Baseball to recreate the 1952 All-Star Game.

The '52 contest was the second ever held in Philadelphia, but carries even more importance because it remains the only All-Star Game ever halted early due to rain. (The 1961 ASG was stopped after nine innings due to rain and remained a tie.)

So, what if the rains never came? 

For those unfamiliar, Diamond Mind Baseball is a computer simulation that uses actual statistics and algorithms to recreate baseball games. Our previous simulations included a replay of the 1993 World Series and an Armed Forces Series simulated on Memorial Day.

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Allie Reynolds tossed four scoreless innings and chipped in offensively with a key sacrifice bunt advancing the eventual winning-run as the American League trumped the National League in 12 innings at Shibe Park, 7-3.

Reynolds surrendered three hits and struck out five and claimed the win, earning the contest's Most Valuable Player Award.

Tied at 3-3 in the top of the 12th, Minnie Minoso opened the frame with a single to right and advanced to second on Reynolds' sacrifice-bunt. Yogi Berra followed with a single to shallow center, allowing Minoso to score easily, giving the AL a 4-3 advantage. Three walks and a double later, the AL had an insurmountable four-run lead.

Gerry Staley scuffled, allowing three hits, three walks and four runs over two innings for the NL in the loss.

Trailing 3-2 in the ninth, the American League's Larry Doby reached on a walk and advanced to third on a Jackie Jenson single down the left field line. Minoso followed with a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Doby and tying the contest at 3-3.

In total, the seven NL pitchers on the afternoon combined for 13 walks.

Athletics first baseman Ferris Fain collected a triple and two runs scored in the contest while teammate Eddie Joost drove in a pair of runs. Bobby Shantz tossed two scoreless innings, ensuring Connie Mack's players made a contribution in the victory.

Curt Simmons, who started for the NL, went two innings while allowing a run on a pair of hits and a pair of walks. Teammate Robin Roberts surrendered a run in his one inning of work.

Roy Campanella led all players with three hits, including the contest's lone home run.

[Box score and log will be posted later tonight.]

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