Remember when: Recap of the 1965 All-Star Game at Metropolitan Stadium

Willie Mays set a couple of All-Star records in the 1965 game.

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FOX Sports North will be televising the 1965 All-Star Game — which was held at Metropolitan Stadium — at 5.30 p.m. on Thursday, July 10. Here’s the original Associated Press recap of the game.

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL — Willie Mays was hurting so much Tuesday that all he could do was hit a lead-off home run in the first inning, walk twice and score the winning run for the National League in a 6-5 All-Star game victory over the American League.

Mays still carried a painful bruise on his right hip — a souvenir of a home plate collision at Philadelphia Saturday night — but he went blithely on, strewing records along the way.

With the help of Mays, his San Francisco Giants teammate Juan Marichal, and a host of others the National League finally took the lead in the midseason series 18-17-1. At one stage the American League had a 12-4 edge and the National wanted to call the whole thing off.

Mays, in the unusual role of a lead-off man, opened the game with a homer. Joe Torre of Milwaukee followed a single by Willie Stargell of Pittsburgh with a two-run homer in the first inning. Stargell opened up a 5-0 lead with a two-run homer in the second.

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"I thought for awhile we were going to win 15-0," said National League manager Gene Mauch of Philadelphia.

The stunned capacity crowd of 46,706, seeing its first All-Star Game at Metropolitan Stadium, was beginning to wonder what strange brand of giants performed in the National League before the American League struck back.

One run in the fourth and a big four in the fifth on a pair of booming two-run homers by  Dick McAuliffe of Detroit and Harmon Killebrew, the hometown hero of the league-leading Twins, tied the score.

After this long-range bombing, it was ironic that a scratch single by Ron Santo of the Chicago Cubs finally provided the Nationals with their 6-5 victory edge in the seventh inning.

The Americans took it right down to the wire and threw a scare into the Nationals when Tony Oliva of the Twins opened the ninth with a double off Bob Gibson of St. Louis. However, Max Alvis of Cleveland popped up trying to  bunt. Gibson, the World Series hero last fall, then struck out Killebrew and pinch hitter Joe Pepitone of the New York Yankees.

Mays, the Giants center fielder, opened the game with a 398-foot home run and scored the winning run in the seventh after drawing his second walk.

Willie led off the seventh by working McDowell for a walk on a 3-2 pitch. Hank Aaron of Milwaukee singled to center, moving Mays to third. When Roberto Clemente of Pittsburgh forced Aaron at second, Mays held third base.

But Willie was off and running with the big run of the hot,  humid afternoon when Santo, the Chicago Cubs’ third baseman, beat out a high bouncing single. Santo’s hit hopped past Bobby Richardson of the Yanks and finally was taken back of second by Zoilo Versalles of the Twins. Santo beat Versalles’ throw to first while Mays scored.

Sandy Koufax, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ ace lefty, was credited with the decision over Sam McDowell of the Cleveland Indians.


But it was Juan Marichal of the Giants who really turned in the glittering pitching job. The high-kicking right-hander, who started the game, faced only nine men in the first three innings and allowed only one hit — a bouncing single through the box  by Vic Davalillo of Cleveland leading off the third.

Mays slammed the second pitch by starter Milt Pappas of Baltimore into the lower section of the new left field pavilion seats. It was his third home run in All-Star play and the hit, his 21st, set an All-Star record. He had been tied with Stan Musial, the retired St. Louis Cardinal. This run and his winner in the seventh also boosted Willie’s record total to 18 runs in 16 All-Star games.

Papas, the fiery Orioles right-hander, steadied a bit and retired Aaron, but Stargell lashed a single to center. After Rich Allen of the Phillies popped up. Torroe hit a 2-2 pitch into the left-field pavilion for two more runs.

It was Stargell’s turn in the second. Jim (Mudcat) Grants of the Twins had taken over for the Americans after Pappas’ disastrous first. Stargell slammed a long home run into the bullpen in center field, scoring Marichal, who had opened the inning with a single to center.

The 5-0 lead promised to become a rout. Press box Figure Filberts began thumbing through the record books trying to find the biggest score in history.

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McAuliffe, a pesky hitter for the Americans all afternoon, opened the fourth with a single off big Jim Maloney of the Cincinnati reds, who was destined to give up all five American runs. After a walk to Killebrew, Rocky Colavito of Cleveland singled to center, scoring McAullife.

Maloney, who lost a toughie to the New York Mets a few weeks back 1-0 after pitching 10 no-hit innings, was knocked out in the four-run fifth inning.

It looked like a quiet fifth when the first two batters went down quickly. Then pinch hitter Jimmie Hall of the Twins walked on a 3-2 pitch and McAuliffe powered a long homer over the center-field wall. Mays went back as deep as he could and then tried to climb the fence, but the ball sailed into the bullpen.

Brooks Robinson of Baltimore beat out an infield single off Santo’s glove. Then came Harmon the Great of Minnesota. The Killer almost struck out but catcher Torre failed to hold a foul tip on the third strike.  Given one more chance, Killebrew drove the ball deep into the stands in left field over 400 feet from the plate. Robinson and Killebrew trotted home with the tying tuns.

Mauch, the Philadelphia manager who was bossing the Nationals, didn’t spare the horses. He used 20 of his players and called on both Don Drysdale and Koufax of the Dodgers.

There were no great fielding plays in the errorless contest. Mays had to make a great recovery in the seventh after misjudging Hall’s fly ball. Willie came in too far, suddenly backtracked an made a one-handed grab going away.

Gibson showed his old World Series form in the ninth, protecting that one-run lead after Oliva opened with a double.

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"Gibson just turned on the smoke," said Mauch. "He lit the fire. He struck out Killebrew on a fastball and got Pepitone on a fastball after setting him up with two sliders."

It was another disappointment for Al Lopez of the Chicago White Sox, managing the American League because Yogi Berra was fired after winning the 1964 pennant. Lopez now has lost five straight as an All-Star player and one as an All-Star coach.

The big crowd paid net receipts of $242,755.37. After expenses, 95 percent goes to the player pension fund along with 95 percent of the radio-television take of $250,000.