Retroactive All-Star Game Project: 1925 AL stars shame NL in 19-5 beating

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 1925 season and the games were simulated using Out of the Park 14. 

By Mike Lynch

The 1925 American League All-Stars exacted sweet revenge at Philadelphia’s Shibe Park by slaughtering the Nationals by a count of 19-5 in the ninth All-Star game played between the two leagues. It was a sloppy affair that saw each squad commit three errors, but some outstanding plays were turned in over the final three innings. By then, however, the AL already boasted a lead of 18-4 and no amount of fancy glovework was going to pull the NL out of its deep hole.

The third frame proved to be the death knell as Bucky Harris’ men plated eight runs to push their advantage from 5-2 to 13-2. Harry Heilmann continued to boast a powerful All-Star stick, going 4 for 4 and driving in four runs, and boosting his average to a healthy .533 since the Retroactive All-Star series went to a one-game format in 1919. Stan Coveleski was solid on the mound, allowing one earned run and fanning three in three innings, and Red Faber capped off the win with two hitless innings.

The series is back in the AL’s favor at 5-4 heading to Sportman’s Park in St. Louis next year, home to both the Cardinals and Browns. Neither team draws well, so there should be an equal amount of rooters for both leagues, and, as has been the custom over the last few years, the stadium will boast more seats to accommodate the larger crowd. 

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

  • Heilmann rapping out four hits, including a double and a homer, and driving in four runs.
  • Sammy Hale belting a home run in his first All-Star at-bat and driving in four runs.
  • Ty Cobb reaching base four times and scoring three runs.
  • Rogers Hornsby recording two hits, a run and an RBI.
  • Eddie Collins poling out three more All-Star hits and scoring four times.
  • Lee Meadows surviving an inning against the AL without allowing a run.

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

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

Originally published: January 24, 2014. Last Updated: January 24, 2014.