The 83rd All-Star Game is at Kauffman Stadium on July 10. Leading up to that game, The Star is looking back at a Midsummer Classic game every day.July 12, 1966 National League 2, American League 1, 10 inn. Busch Stadium in St. Louis
This game was hot from the beginning.
Forget the action, it was due to the game-time temperature of 106 degrees at the new Busch Stadium. The American League jumped on top first as the Orioles’ Brooks Robinson tripled in the second inning and scored on a wild pitch by the Dodgers’ Sandy Koufax.
The National League tied the game in the fourth as the Giants’ Willie Mays and the Pirates’ Roberto Clemente singled to open the inning. The Cubs’ Ron Santo delivered a two-out single that brought home Mays.
Neither team managed to get a runner to third base through the regulation nine innings. But in the 10th, the American League had runners on first and second with one out against the Giants’ Gaylord Perry. However, the Yankees’ Bobby Richardson popped out and the Angels’ Jim Fregosi struck out to end the threat.
In the bottom of the 10th, the Cardinals’ Tim McCarver singled, moved to second on a sacrifice and scored the game-winning run on a single by the Dodgers’ Maury Wills.
Richert took the loss, Perry got the win, and Robinson, who had three hits was the MVP.
Catfish Hunter of the Kansas City A’s did not get into the game.
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