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.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly listed Stone’s age and date of birth. He was 88 and born on Sept. 1, 1929, according to his family.