All-Star Game memories: 1968

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 9, 1968National League 1, American League 0Astrodome in Houston

There were a lot of firsts in this All-Star Game.

It was the first game to be played indoors and on artificial turf. It also featured the fewest hits combined (eight) and there were no RBIs in the game. Oh, and there was no runs after the first inning.

The National League opened the first inning with a single by Willie Mays of the Giants. The pickoff throw by Boston’s Luis Tiant was mishandled by Twins first baseman Harmon Killebrew and Mays moved to second. Tiant then threw a wild pitch as Mays moved to third, and he scored when the Giants’ Willie McCovey grounded into a double play.

Following a leadoff double by the Jim Fregosi of the in the top of the first, the next 20 American League batters were retired in a row before the Twins’ Tony Oliva doubled against the Mets’ Tom Seaver with two outs in the seventh. But the Indians’ Joe Azcue struck out to end the inning.

In the eighth inning, the Tigers’ Don Wert had a two-out double against Seaver, but Oakland’s Rick Monday struck out to end the threat.

The teams were a combined zero for 14 with runners in scoring position, and the National League actually drew more walks (six) than it had hits (five).

The Dodgers’ Don Drysdale was the winning pitcher, Tiant took the loss and Jerry Koosman of the Mets got the save. Mays was the MVP.

| Pete Grathoff, pgrathoff@kcstar.com