Al Rosen, 1B, 1954
There’s just something about Cleveland hosting an All-Star game that brings the best out in the hometown players.
The Indians were loaded with talent in 1954 and would go on to win 111 games en route to the AL Pennant.
But before they got there, the Tribe hosted the mid-summer classic, and with Al Rosen starting at first base, fans weren’t left disappointed.
Rosen hit two home runs and drove in five runs during the AL’s 11-9 win, which was witnessed by approximately 70,000 fans at Cleveland Municipal Stadium.
To this day, it’s the most runs driven in by an Indians player in an All-Star game.
Rosen would only play seven full seasons of big league ball before hanging up the cleats, but in that short amount of time, he delivered tremendous production. He was a lifetime .285 hitter to long with a .879 OPS. He led the AL in home runs in 1950 and 1953.
He would win the MVP Award for his 1953 season, in which he hit .336 (1.034 OPS) with 43 home runs and 145 RBIs.