Retroactive All-Star Game Project: 1927 NL stars win second straight by 4-2 score

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 1927 season and the games were simulated using Out of the Park 14. 

By Mike Lynch

In a game that boasted two of the game’s greatest sluggers anchoring the American League’s lineup it was the stadium and National League slabmen that took center stage in yesterday’s All-Star Game won by the 1927 National League stars by a count of 4-2. Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig contributed one hit each and the latter scored one of the AL’s two runs, but they also fanned three times between them and neither could reach the nether regions of Griffith Stadium’s parlor.

Jesse Haines and Dazzy Vance made the junior circuit batters look like bushers, keeping them from crossing the plate through the first six innings, and Vance personally provided a nice summer breeze in the way of swings and misses by the mighty bats of Miller Huggins’ swatsmiths.

The Waner bothers, Paul and Lloyd, paced the Nationals with two hits each, and shortstop Travis Jackson spelled starter Doc Farrell in grand fashion, poling out two hits in two at-bats.

The senior circuit has regained control of the series and has a 6-5 advantage and a fantastic opportunity to push their lead to two when they host the 1928 contest at Cincinnati’s Redland Field. 

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

  • Dazzy Vance fanning five of the 12 batters he faced, and five of the nine outs he recorded.
  • Lloyd Waner going 2 for 5 in his All-Star game debut as a rookie.
  • Jesse Haines throwing three perfect innings in his All-Star game debut.
  • Travis Jackson going 2 for 2 with a run and an RBI coming off the bench for the National League.
  • Jack Warner recording three of the AL’s seven hits and one of its two doubles.
  • Ted Lyons tossing three innings of shutout ball in his first All-Star start.

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: February 21, 2014. Last Updated: February 21, 2014.