Jul 14, 2009

1967 All Star Game: Tom Seaver Saves It For the N.L. 2-1

The 1967 All Star Game was played at Angels Stadium " The Big A" in Anaheim California. The game featured 20 future Hall of Famers and up until last season was the longest All Star game in history going 15 innings. 12 different pitchers were used , seven for the N.L. five for the A.L., every pitcher had at least 1 strikeout.

The sole Mets representative was a young 22 year old rookie named Tom Seaver. Seaver looked so young when he arrived in the clubhouse wearing a sweater, the Cardinals Lou Brock thought he was a clubhouse boy and asked him to fetch a beer. Brock was shocked when he found out, he was on the team. He joked " Does your guardian know your out so late?". Seaver finished the first half of the season at 8-5 with a 2.65 ERA, on his way to the Rookie of the Year award.

All the runs in the game were scored on HRs. Dick Allen led off the 2nd inning with a HR off Dean Chance and Brooks Robinson hit one off Fergie Jenkins in the 7th inning. Tim McCarver led the NL with 2 hits (going 2-2), Carl Yastremski had 3 hits for the A.L. & Tony Oliva two.

In the top of the 15th Catfish Hunter was pitching in his 5th inning, he had only allowed two hits along the way. A single to Rusty Staub & a double to Tim McCarver. Then Cincinnati's Tony Perez hit a HR over the left field wall putting the N.L. ahead 2-1. Rookie Tom Seaver came on to pitch the bottom of the 15th replacing L.A.'S Don Drysdale.
Seaver looked into his battery mate Tim McCarver took a deep breathe and got Tony Conigliaro to fly out. Then he walked Yastremski, and got Bill Freehan to fly out to center. The last batter was Ken Berry and Seaver struck him out, earning the save. It was one of Tom Seavers first shinning moments of many more to come.

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