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All-Star Game memories: 1970

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 14, 1970National League 5, American League 4, 12 inn.Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati

In a way, Pete Rose’s iconic All-Star moment was thanks to the Royals’ Amos Otis.

The game was tied 4-4 in the 12th inning, when Rose and the Dodgers’ Billy Grabarkewitz hit back-to-back singles with two outs. Jim Hickman of the Cubs then singled to center field, where Otis was playing.

Otis threw a bullet to Indians catcher Ray Fosse, who got the ball just as Rose arrived at home. Rose smashed into Fosse, forcing him to drop the ball. Rose scored to end the game.

Fosse opened the scoring in the game in the sixth inning. He singled, moved to second on a sacrifice and scored on a single by Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski.

In the next inning, Baltimore’s Brooks Robinson singled, Tony Oliva of the Twins followed with a walk and the Orioles’ Davey Johnson singled to load the bases. Fosse’s sacrifice fly made it 2-0.

The National League cut the 2-0 lead in half in its half of the seventh when the Giants’ Willie McCovey grounded into a double play that allowed the Mets’ Bud Harrelson to score.

But the American League made it 4-1 in the eighth. Yastrzemski and the Tigers’ Willie Horton hit one-out singles. Amos Otis, the Royals’ lone representative in the game, flied out and Yastrzemski advanced to third. Robinson followed with a triple that scored Yastrzemski and Horton.

The American League looked poised to win it when Oakland’s Catfish Hunter came on in relief in the ninth.

But the Giants’ Dick Dietz (in his only All-Star Game of his eight-year career) led off with a home run and Harrelson singled. After an out, the Reds’ Joe Morgan singled. The Yankees’ Fritz Peterson relieved Hunter, but McCovey singled home Harrelson to make it a 4-3 game.

The Pirates’ Roberto Clemente then hit a sacrifice fly that scored Morgan with the tying run.

Otis went zero for three in the game, which had an MVP from the losing team: Yastrzemski.

Claude Osteen of the Dodgers was the winning pitcher.

Here is video of Rose’s collision with Fosse:

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