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1957 All-Star Game
At Old Busch Stadium
St. Louis
All-Star Game
Memorial Stadium

            All the colorful highlights of both the 1957 All-Star Game at St. Louis and the 1958 classic at Baltimore are now available for the first time on one 51-minute high-quality video from Rare Sportsfilms! Also included is a B & W preview of the 1957 game and interview with National League starting pitcher Curt Simmons of the Philadelphia Phillies.

      The preview to the '57 game is a look at the individual players selected for both squads, including close-up or action shots of each, taken during the first half of the season or from the '56 All-Star Game the year before.

      The 1957 All-Star Game film, shot by Major League Baseball, is the complete story of the game, covering every important play. Included are great shots of old Busch Stadium in St. Louis and informal shots of all the stars before the game. Stan Musial, playing in his 14th classic (a record at the time), and in front of his home fans, is of course the center of attention. Veteran Ted Williams is the American League's answer to Musial and is shown signing autographs, along with '56 triple crown winner Mickey Mantle. Casey Stengel and Walter Alston are the opposing managers and the starting pitchers, Curt Simmons and Jim Bunning, are shown warming up. Closeup pre-game shots show pitchers Johnny Antonelli and Clem Labine, Warren Spahn with his buddy Lew Burdette, and Bobby Shantz alongside Billy Pierce. Also shown are Gil Hodges and Ernie Banks, as well as each member of the starting lineups, including Hank Aaron, Harvey Kuenn, Nellie Fox, Al Kaline, Willie Mays, Vic Wertz, Yogi Berra, George Kell, Frank Robinson, Ed Bailey, Roy McMillan, Johnny Temple and Don Hoak. This was the year Cincinnati fans stuffed the ballot box and voted Reds players to each starting position except first base (Stan Musial), however commissioner Ford Frick replaced Gus Bell and Wally Post with Willie Mays and Hank Aaron!

      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 bottom half. Minnie Minoso of the White Sox, who drives in the winning run with a double, is the star of the game, with two came-saving ninth-inning plays in the 6-5 American League victory.

     The 1958 game in Baltimore was the only mid-summer classic ever played at Old Memorial Stadium. This color film contains interesting shots of downtown Baltimore nearly half a century ago and great scenes throughout of old Memorial Stadium. Jackie Jensen, Hank Aaron, Richie Ashburn and Dick Farrell are shown in convertibles on their way to the game from the hotel and Yogi Berra and Ted Williams are seen in street clothes. There are closeup shots of Stan Musial, Williams, Lee Walls, and Walt Moryn before the game. You'll even see catcher Del Crandall taking some home movies! Because of the '57 Cincy ballot-box stuffing fiasco, the squads were chosen by managers and players for '58 (and for several years after). In this film, you'll see all of the great stars of both leagues in the late 1950's: Eddie Mathews, Berra, Al Kaline, Harvey Kuenn, Nellie Fox, Richie Ashburn, Willie Mays, Bob Skinner, Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, Frank Thomas, Bill Mazeroski, Mickey Mantle, Bill Skowron, Bob Cerv, Early Wynn, Ray Narleski, Frank Malzone, Gus Triandos, Luis Aparacio and starting pitchers Warren Spahn and Bob Turley.

      After Vice-President Richard Nixon throws out the first ball, American League starter Bob Turley gives up all three N.L. runs during the first two innings. After that however, A.L. hurlers dominate, especially Billy O'Dell of the hometown Orioles, who pitches three perfect innings to close out the game for a 4-3 American League win. Nellie Fox has two hits, while Mantle, Cerv, Malzone, Triandos, Ray Narleski, Mickey Vernon, Mays, Skinner, Thomas and Musial have one apiece.

      You can get the highlights from both these games, now available all on one video for the first time ever! Send $29.95 plus $5.00 shipping (Illinois residents must add $2.00 sales tax) to:

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