In Memory of Dean Stone

Dean Stone, unlikely winner in 1954 All-Star Game, dies at age 88
Dave Sheinin
Washington Post
August 22, 2018


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Dean Stone, a former pitcher for the Washington Senators best known for earning the win in the 1954 MLB All-Star Game despite not retiring a batter, died Tuesday at Hope Creek Care Center in East Moline, Ill., according to his daughter, Mary Ann Quin. He was 88.

Stone, born Sept. 1, 1929, spent parts of eight seasons in the major leagues, including parts of five with the original Senators, who played their games at old Griffith Stadium. The best of those years by far came in 1954, his second season in Washington, when he went 12-10 with a 3.22 ERA and made his only all-star team.

On July 13 of that year, in front of 69,751 fans at Cleveland Stadium, Stone, a 6-foot-4 lefty, made history with his unlikely, untaxing victory for the American League. Brought into a one-run game, the AL trailing, with two outs in the top of the eighth, Stone was facing Duke Snider of the Brooklyn Dodgers with runners at first and third and St. Louis Cardinals superstar Stan Musial on deck.

Suddenly the runner on third, Cardinals second baseman Red Schoendienst, took off — an attempted steal of home. But Stone calmly continued with his motion to the plate, catcher Yogi Berra of the New York Yankees applied the tag, and Schoendienst was called out despite the objections of the National League side, which believed Stone had balked.

After the AL took the lead in the bottom of the eighth, with Mickey Mantle scoring the go-ahead run on Nellie Fox’s single, Stone became the pitcher of record. And when the AL hung on to win, he had earned the victory. He remains the only pitcher in MLB All-Star Game history to get the win without officially facing a batter.

Traded by the Senators to the Boston Red Sox in 1957, he would go on to pitch in the majors for the Red Sox, Cardinals, Houston Colt ’45s, Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles, making his final appearance in 1963.

Last month, ahead of the 2018 All-Star Game at Nationals Park, Stone was featured in The Washington Post as one of 25 living players who had represented Washington as an all-star.

He is survived by his daughter, Quin; three grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Services will be Saturday in his hometown of East Moline, Ill. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.schrodermortuary.com.


Original Colt Dean Stone Has Died
Bill McCurdy
Pecan Park Eagle
September 1, 2018

Pitcher Dean Stone is dead. He passed away at his home in Moline, Illinois at the age of 87 on August 21, 2018, following a lengthy illness. May his soul and spirit now rest in peace or soar at will as needed.

Stone was selected by the Houston Colt .45s from the St. Louis Cardinals in the November 27, 1961 Rule 5 player draft that stocked their club and the other new NL expansion team, the New York Mets, before both began playing in 1962.

On April 12, 1962, Dean Stone pitched the first complete game shutout in franchise history, besting the Chicago Cubs, 2-0, in Houston in the third game in the team’s first series. Stone gave up only 3 hits and 2 walks, whole striking out 9. It wasn’t the first club shutout. That happened the previous day when lefty Hal Woodeshick also shut out the Cubs, 2-0, but he only went 8 innings, needing Turk Farrell to pitch the 9th for the club’s first save in history.

A week later, on April 19, 1962, Stone again shutout the Cubs, 6-0, in Wrigley Field, but immediately from there, for whatever reason, went south as a reliable starter and was traded to the Chicago White Sox for pitcher Russ Kemmerer on June 25,1962.

Dean Stone was 2-3 with a 4.47 ERA in 15 games for the 1962 Houston Colt .45s. His eight season MLB career mark (1953-57, 1959, 1962-63) in 215 games was 29 wins, 39 losses, and an ERA of 4.47 (the same as his shorter term mark in Houston). For his career, he pitched 19 complete games with 5 shutout wins total. He also walked 373 and struck out 380 in 686 innings pitched.

Stone is best remembered today as the winning pitcher of the 1954 All Star Game, even though he never retired a single batter. This bizarre occurence took place at Cleveland Stadium on July 13, 1954 when Stone entered the game with two outs in the top of the 8th to face Duke Snider, with the American League trailing by 9-8. Red Schoendienst, the baserunner on third that Stone inherited, tried to steal home and Stone threw him out at the plate. The American League then scored three runs in the bottom of the 8th and won the game, 11–9, as Virgil Trucks hurled a scoreless 9th inning to save the win for the hardly perspiring pitcher of winning record credit.