1957 East-West Game (Negro League)

From BR Bullpen

The 1957 East-West Game, played July 28, 1957, was the 30th East-West Game, and marked the game's 25th year. Reported attendance was approximately 8,000, the lowest yet for an East-West Game to that point.

The NAL had added two teams this year, and six teams contributed to the All-Star pool. The West team was made up of players from the Kansas City Monarchs, Memphis Red Sox and New Orleans Bears, while the East's team roster was drawn from the Birmingham Black Barons, Detroit Stars, and Mobile Havana Cuban Giants. The West team won, 8-5 with a tie-breaking three-run rally in the bottom of the eighth inning, extending its edge in the series to 17-13 overall.

West scored in the first with a walk, stolen base, and two-out single; East got one back with an error and single. West added two more in its half of the inning with a single, triple, and single.

West made it 4-1 after three innings on James Banks' home run off the wall of the right field pavilion, the ball hitting the top of the wall and bouncing back onto the playing field. They got their fifth run in the fifth inning with a walk, a single, a double steal, and a fielder's choice. East got one run in the sixth off of two singles and a double by Birmingham center fielder Dennis Harris (the only extra-base hit for the East squad), then scored three to tie the score 5-5 in the top of seventh on three hits with a walk and error interspersed. West's final rally began when shortstop Felix Ortiz reached on an infield error, took second on a sac bunt by the Eugene Williams, the winning pitcher, and scored on CF Bob Wilson's double off the left-center field wall. Pinch-hitter James Valentine walked, and went to third while Wilson scored on first baseman Gene White's line single to right. Catcher Isaac Barnes bounced a single through the infield, scoring Valentine for the final margin.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
East 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 5 7 3
West 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 3 x 8 11 2


Home Runs

  • East: none
  • West: James Banks (noted in several reports as "no relation to Ernie")