Retroactive All-Star Game Project: 1928 AL stars dominate in 13-0 rout

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 1928 season and the games were simulated using Out of the Park 14. 

By Mike Lynch

The American League exacted sweet revenge at Redland Field, pounding out 18 hits and crossing the plate 13 times for an embarrassing 13-0 beating over the National League.  The junior circuit had lost two straight, scoring only seven runs in its last 18 innings, but they made up for it with six extra-base hits, including a homer by pinch hitter Lew Fonseca.

George Pipgras led a quartet of AL hurlers with three innings of shutout work in which he allowed only one hit.  Tommy Thomas, Jack Quinn and Herb Pennock surrendered only two safeties over the final six frames. 

NL starter Dazzy Vance, on the other hand, couldn’t get out of the second inning and none of Donie Bush’s slabmen escaped without allowing at least one run.  

“Sunny Jim” Bottomley was the only senior loop slugger who showed up ready to play—he tripled and walked twice in his four trips to the plate.

Once again the series is tied up (6-6) and is heading to neutral territory in 1929, the game to be played at St. Louis’ Sportsman’s Park for the second time in four years. The Cardinals hosted the 1926 game won by the National League, 11-5. The Browns will host next year’s contest. 

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

  • Heinie Manush going 4 for 6 with a triple, two runs and two RBIs.    
  • Jimmie Foxx going 2 for 3 with a double, run, and two RBIs in his first All-Star game.    
  • Mickey Cochrane going 2 for 3 with two runs and two RBIs.    
  • Lew Fonseca going 2 for 2 with a homer, two runs and an RBI coming off the bench for the AL.    
  • George Pigras throwing three innings of one-hit ball.    
  • Jim Bottomley tripling and walking twice in four plate appearances.

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Originally published: March 12, 2014. Last Updated: March 12, 2014.