Dean Stone Won an All-Star Game Without Throwing a Pitch

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By Bob Ibach

Dean Stone was an American professional baseball player, a pitcher who appeared in 166 games over all or parts of eight Major League Baseball seasons.

The well-traveled, 6 ft 4 in, 205 lb left-hander played for the Washington Senators (1953–57), Boston Red Sox (1957), St. Louis Cardinals (1959), Houston Colt .45s (1962), Chicago White Sox (1962) and Baltimore Orioles (1963). He also played one season in Japan for the Taiyo Whales (1964).

Born in Moline, Illinois, Stone graduated from United Township High School in East Moline prior to entering baseball in 1949.

Stone had a claim to fame as was the winning pitcher of the 1954 All-Star Game, although he did it without retiring a single batter.

At Cleveland Stadium on July 19, he entered the game with two out in the top of the eighth to face Duke Snider with the American League behind, 9–8.

Red Schoendienst, the base-runner on third, tried to steal home and Stone threw him out at the plate. The A.L. then scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth and won the game, 11–9, as Virgil Trucks hurled a scoreless ninth to save it.

That's how you win a game without facing a batter. (Great way to win a barroom bet – try it sometime.)

After having pitched two minor-league no-hitters in 1952 and going 8–10 with a 3.33 ERA for the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts of the Southern Association in 1953, Stone reached the big leagues.

His first appearance was in relief against the Detroit Tigers on September 13, 1953. He would go on to pitch the majority of his games (60%) in relief at the major-league level.

In 1954, his only season as an All-Star, he won a career-high 12 games, lost 10, and had an earned run average of 3.22. In his other seven years, he had a combined record of 17–29 with a 4.91 ERA.

Stone was a member of the expansion Houston Colt .45s of 1962. He pitched a three-hit shutout against the Chicago Cubs in Houston's third game (April 12), then another shutout against the Cubs one week later, giving the Colts a 5–3 record.

But he was traded to the Chicago White Sox for pitcher Russ Kemmerer on June 22.

The Baltimore Orioles acquired Stone during the off-season, and he made his last major-league appearance on June 21, 1963.

Career totals include a record of 29–39 in 215 games pitched, 85 games started, 19 complete games, 5 shutouts, 52 games finished, 12 saves, and an ERA of 4.47. In 686 innings he struck out 380 and walked 373. He had a batting average of .088 in 170 at-bats with one home run.

And now you know the Stone cold truth.

Bob Ibach is a Chicago-based sports publicist who used to be the publications and public relations chief for the Cubs. His e.mail is bobdunk@aol.com.

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