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 11, 1961 National League 5, American League 4, 10 innings Candlestick Park in San Francisco
It was a wild and windy game in the city where Tony Bennett left his heart.
The National League was head 3-1 in the ninth inning when the Tigers’ Norm Cash hit a one-out double against Ray Face of the Pirates. The Tigers’ Al Kaline followed with an RBI single, which brought on Sandy Koufax of the Dodgers. The Yankees’ Roger Maris promptly singled.
It may have been Koufax’s only appearance in which he didn’t retire a batter, because the The Giants’ Stu Miller relieved, and a hefty wind pushed him off the mound resulting in a balk that advanced the runners to second and third.
The Tigers’ Rocky Colavito reached on an error by third baseman Ken Boyer of the Cardinals and Kaline scored the tying run. The Yankees’ Tony Kubek stayed at the plate when catcher Smoky Burgess of the Pirates dropped a potential out for an error. However, Kubek struck out, but his Yankees teammate Yogi Berra reached on an error by second baseman Don Zimmer of the Cubs (yeah, it’s that Zimmer).
That loaded the bases for Orioles pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm, who was not pinch-hit for. He flied out to left to end the inning. The damage? Two runs on three hits and three errors.
In the 10th, the American League grabbed the lead thanks to more poor fielding. Nellie Fox of the White Sox walked with two outs and scored when Boyer fielded a Kaline grounder and the throw was off the mark and went down the right field line.
In the bottom of the 10th, the Braves’ Hank Aaron singled and scored on a double by the Giants’ Willie Mays. After the Reds’ Frank Robinson was hit by a pitch, the Pirates’ Roberto Clemente singled and Mays scored the winning run.
Future Royals manager Dick Howser of the Kansas City A’s went zero for one.
One other note about the game: Warren Spahn and Bob Purkey combined to retire the first 16 American League players. But Harmon Killebrew of the Twins hit a home run to end the perfect game.
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