Musial hits 12th-inning home run to propel NL to win in 1955 All-Star Game
Going into the seventh inning, the NL trailed the AL 5-0 and had only notched four hits in the game at that point. A series of singles and walks that began with future Hall of Famers Willie Mays and Hank Aaron gave the NL two runs in the bottom half of the seventh.
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Four more singles in the eighth inning tied the score at 5, sending the game into extras for only the second time in history.
Until Musial sent a baseball into the stands in the 12th inning, the NL only had one extra base hit in the game – a double by the Reds’ Ted Kluszewski in the 5th inning.
Musial’s home run was his fourth in an All-Star Game, making him the all-time leader. He would end his career with six long balls in the Midsummer Classic, two more than Ted Williams and Fred Lynn, who are tied for second on the list with four apiece.
“I’d swung at a couple of bad balls earlier in the game,” Musial said after his home run. “That’s the way it goes. You hit homers sometimes when you’re not swinging for the fences.”
Originally signed to the Cardinals as a pitcher, Musial helped shape the St. Louis Cardinals franchise into a National League powerhouse. After a shoulder injury ended his pitching career, the outfield of Busch Stadium became home for the eventual seven-time NL batting title champion.
Known as the backbone of the Cardinals, Musial was seen as an even better person off the field. A member of the U.S. Navy and a Presidential Medal of Freedom winner, his passion and love not only for the game of baseball, but also for his country and for people, transcends time.
“I love to play this game of baseball. I love putting on this uniform.” Musial said.