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 25, 1972National League 4, American League 3, 10 inningsAtlanta Stadium in Atlanta
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Royals second baseman Cookie Rojas was poised to be the hero (and likely the MVP), but the National League rallied for the victory.With the American League trailing 2-1 in the eighth inning, Rojas pinch-hit for the Twins’ Rod Carew and, with Boston rookie Carlton Fisk on first, blasted a two-run homer in the eighth inning off the Expos’ Bill Stoneman.But in the ninth inning, the Cubs’ Billy Williams and the Pirates’ Manny Sanguillen each singled against Wilbur Wood of the White Sox. Williams scored the tying run when the Astros’ Lee May grounded out.In the 10th inning, the Padres’ Nate Colbert walked against the Orioles’ Dave McNally and was sacrificed to second. The Reds’ Joe Morgan then delivered a single that scored Colbert with the winning run. That got Morgan the MVP award.Outfielders Richie Scheinblum, Lou Piniella and Amos Otis were all on the American League team, although Otis didn’t play due to an injury. Scheinblum and Piniella each went zero for one.Manager Bob Lemon was a coach for the American League.The Braves’ Hank Aaron hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning that had staked the National League to the lead before Rojas’ blast.The Mets’ Tug McGraw was the winning pitcher, while McNally took the loss.