In this edition of Orioles101's Baltimore Orioles Classics Series, at the request of the only person I have met that is a bigger Orioles fan than I am, my father, we will roll back to the 60's, more specifically the 1966 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
The 1966 All-Star game was the 37th edition of the mid-summer classic and was star studded indeed as there were 18 future Hall of Famers combined between the National League and the American League and was played in St. Louis. This was a pitcher's duel the entire game that resulted in a 2-1 ten inning walkoff victory for the National League in the 105 degree heat.
Both teams went down in order in the first inning as both starting pitchers Sandy Koufax for the NL and Denny McLain for the AL looked sharp. The AL would break through first in the top of the second inning when Baltimore third baseman Brooks Robinson nailed a one-out triple off of Koufax and would later score on a wild pitch to give the AL a 1-0 lead. McLain would sit the NL down in order through the first three innings without allowing a baserunner, before Jim Katz came in relief of McLain and allowed three hits and a run in the bottom of the fourth inning allowing the NL to tie the game at one.
The sixth inning saw both the AL and NL threaten, but fail to push a run across as both teams were able to get out of their respective jams. Neither team would threaten again before the game went into extra innings. In the top of the tenth, Brooks Robinson led off with a single, his third hit of the game, and would advance to second on a wild pitch with no outs. NL pitcher Gaylord Perry would find a way to get out of the jam inducing two fly ball outs and a strike out. The NL would finally break through in the bottom of the tenth inning when Maury Wills singled home Tim McCarver off of AL pitcher Pete Richert for the 2-1 win.
Both teams were able to manage just six hits a piece, with both the NL and AL producing just one player a piece to collect more than one hit, with Roberto Clemente going 2-4 for the NL and Brooks Robinson going 3-4 for the AL, and Brooks's effort garnered him MVP of the 1966 All-Star game. Brooks is one of two players ever named All-Star MVP while playing for the losing team, the other was Carl Yastrzemski in 1970. Brooks was the first of six Orioles to win the All-Star MVP award (Frank Robinson 1971, Cal Ripken Jr 1991 & 2001, Roberto Alomar 1998, and Miguel Tejada 2005).
As mentioned before there were 18 players in this game that would turn out to be Hall of Famers, just two shy of the 1971 All-Star game that hosted 20 future Hall of Famers, the most ever in one All-Star game. The 18 in the 1966 game: Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Catfish Hunter, Harmon Killebrew, Al Kaline, Carl Yastrzemski, Jim Bunning, Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson, Juan Marichal, Gaylord Perry, Joe Morgan, Willie McCovey, Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, Willie Mays, Willie Stargel and coach Walter Alston.
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