Last Night we covered the first All-Star Game hosted by the Reds in 1938. Tonight we wind the clock forward to 1953.
The Senior Circuit took this game 5-1. The Phillies Richie Ashburn broke up the scoreless tie with a 2-run pinch single in the fifth inning. Pee Wee Reese was the other NL standout on offense with a 2 hits including a double and a pair of RBIs.
The Above ManuPatch card notes the NL Starting Pitcher, Hall of Famer Robin Roberts who was one of four Phillies selected for the Squad. The others were Ashburn, Curt Simmons and Granny Hamner.
Robin Roberts shutout the AL squad for the 3 innings he pitched. The sole hit was a Single by Gus Zernial who repped the crosstown Philadelphia A's in his only All-Star Appearance. The Hall of Famers that Roberts retired included Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra.
There is virtually no informatino on the back of the card regarding the game. In fact neither side mentions the Host City, Cincinnati at all - it is just mentioned in the classic Reds logo.
And it is a good thing, the Reds Logo is the coolest thing about the card. Much nicer than the 2008 ManuPatches.
Sources and Links
Robin Roberts HoF Index
2015 ASG Coverage