Retroactive All-Star Game Project: 1920 AL stars have easy time in convincing 6-0 victory

Editor’s note: This game summary is from the Retroactive All-Star Game Project. Voting was conducted to select retroactive MLB All-Star teams from the 1920 season and the games were simulated using Out of the Park 14. 

By Mike Lynch

In the fourth battle of stars in the annual All-Star Game that began in 1916, the American League embarrassed the Nationals in front of a Boston crowd that saw its second All-Star contest in as many years.  The Braves Field throng saw the junior circuit jump out to a 2-0 first inning lead and cruise to a 6-0 beating highlighted by the play of Indians catcher Steve O’Neill, who rapped out three hits, scored three times and drove home another. 

The series is now tied at 2-2 and rumor has it that next year’s game will be played at Cleveland’s Dunn Field next year, named for Indians owner James C. Dunn, who has assured officials and fellow magnates that his yard will be ready to accommodate a crowd that could be double what his plant can currently hold.    

Highlights and outstanding players from this year’s game include:

  • The aforementioned Steve O’Neill, who joins four others in the three-hit club, including teammate Ray Chapman, who holds the single game record with five.
  • George Sisler going 2 for 5 with a double and a run.
  • Babe Ruth going 2 for 4 with a triple and two RBIs and making a leaping catch at the left field wall that robbed a hit.
  • Cy Williams going 2 for 3 with a double for the National League in a losing effort.
  • Jack Quinn allowing only two hits in three shutout innings to earn the win.
  • Urban Shocker (AL) and Rube Marquard (NL) each tossing two shutout innings in relief.

You can find a full account of the game, box score, game log and stats here. 

Learn more about the Retroactive All-Star Game Project by clicking here.


Originally published: November 14, 2013. Last Updated: November 14, 2013.