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 23, 1969National League 9, American League 3RFK Stadium in Washington
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The National League eclipsed Blue Moon Odom in this game.
Odom had a woeful outing and the National League took advantage. It had a 3-1 lead in the third inning thanks in large part to Johnny Bench’s two-run homer in the second inning. That’s when Oakland’s Blue Moon Odom took the mound.
Here’s how things went: the Braves’ Hank Aaron singled, the Giants’ Willie McCovey homered, Ron Santo of the Cubs made an out, the Mets’ Cleon Jones reached on an error, the Reds’ Johnny Bench singled, the Braves’ Felix Millan had a two-run double and Cardinals pitcher Steve Carlton doubled.
Just like that, it was an 8-1 game when Washington’s Darold Knowles came on in relief to finish out the inning.
The Tigers’ Bill Freehan homered to open the American League half of the third, but it was too little too late. In fact, there were no runs and just three hits combined in the last five innings of the game.
Catcher Ellie Rodriguez was the Royals’ lone representative, but he did not play due to an injury.
McCovey was the MVP. Carlton go the win, while Mel Stottlemyre of the Yankees was the losing pitcher.
| Pete Grathoff, email@example.com