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 13, 1965 National League 6, American League 5 Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minn.
The National League jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead and the rout appeared to be on.
Orioles starter Milt Pappas had a rough first inning and it’s not hard to see why, giving that National League lineup.
The Giants’ Willie Mays opened the game with a home run to left. After the Braves’ Hank Aaron flied out, the Pirates’ Willie Stargell singled. One out later, the Brewers’ Joe Torre cracked a two-run homer and it was 3-0.
In the second inning, the Twins’ Mudcat Grant came on to pitch, and he struggled as well.
National League pitcher Juan Marichal of the Giants opened the inning with a single and later scored on a two-run homer by Stargell.
Marichal protected that 5-0 lead with ease, giving up just one hit in three innings, although he wouldn’t get the win. After scratching out a run against the Reds’ Jim Maloney in the fourth inning, the American League pulled even in the fifth.
The Tigers’ Dick McAuliffe and Harmon Killebrew of the Twins each hit two-run homers against Maloney and tied the game. But the National League regained the lead (for good) in the seventh inning when the Indians’ Sam McDowell walked Mays, who then took third on Aaron's single and scored on a single by the Cubs’ Ron Santo.
Despite not getting the win, Marichal was the MVP. The Dodgers’ Sandy Koufax was the winning pitcher, while the Cardinals’ Bob Gibson got the save. He struck out the Yankees' Joe Pepitone with the tying run on second base.
Pitcher John O'Donoghue was the A’s representative, but he did not appear in the game.
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