70 years ago today the first All Star game in NPB history took place at Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya. The Central League defeated the Pacific League 2-1 in a game that took less than two hours to play. The two teams played two additional games in Korakuen Stadium in Tokyo a few days later with the Central League winning Game Two 4-2 (in which Michio Nishizawa of the Dragons hit the first home run in NPB All Star history) and the Pacific League salvaging a 4-3 win in Game Three.
BBM commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the first All Star games with two cards in the 2001 edition of the All Star boxed set they published between 1991 and 2012. The cards showed group photos for each team with #A73 showing the Central League team and #A74 showing the Pacific League team along with a list of all the players.
Here's each card and a translation of the player lists (bold indicates a Hall Of Fame member):
|2001 BBM All Stars #A73|
Front row from left to right - Shoji Arakawa (Robins), Noburo Aota (Giants), Nobuo Oshima (Robins), Hideo Fujimoto (Giants), Fumio Fujimura (Tigers), Shigeru Chiba (Giants), Michinori Tsubouchi (Dragons), Saburo Hirai (Giants), Takeo Fujimura (Tigers), Jiro Kanayama (Robins), Yoshiyuki Iwamoto (Robins), Tokumitsu (Tokuzo) Harada (Dragons)
Back row from left to right - Shigeru Sugishita (Dragons), Akira Noguchi (Dragons), Makoto Kozuru (Robins), Michio Nishizawa (Dragons), Manager Shunichi Amachi (Dragons), Coach Kenjiro Matsuki (Tigers), Coach Shigeru Mizuhara (Giants), Tetsuharu Kawakami (Giants), Hiroshi Nakao (Giants), Tsuneo Mitomi (Dragons), Masaichi Kaneda (Swallows), Hiroshi Takano (Whales), Choei Shirasaka (Tigers), Ryohei Hasegawa (Carp), Takehiko Bessho (Giants), Shigeru Tokuami (Tigers)
|2001 BBM All Stars #A74|
Front row from left to right - Hirokuni Kataoka (Orions), Kazuo Kageyama (Hawks), Takeshi Nomura (Orions), Kazuto Yamamoto (Tsuruoka) (Hawks), Tokuji Kawasaki (Lions), Kaoru Bettoh (Orions), Keizo Tsutsui (Hawks), Shosei Go (Orions), Heishichi Sato (Orions), Takeshi Doigaki (Orions), Chusuke Kizuka (Hawks), Hiroshi Ohshita (Flyers), Shitsusho Takesue (Lions)
Back row from left to right - Junzo Sekine (Pearls), Shoshichi Itoh (Orions), Giichi Hayashi (Stars), Haruyasu Etoh (Hawks), Coach Osamu Mihara (Lions), Manager Yoshio Yuasa (Orions), Coach Shinji Hamazaki (Braves), Yasuo Yonekawa (Flyers), Atsushi Aramaki (Orions), Junji Nakatani (Braves), Tokuji Iida (Hawks), Shigeya Iijima (Stars), Yoshio Hamada, (Flyers), Katsuki Tokura (Braves), Susumu Yuki (Hawks)