ON THIS DAY: July 7, 1964. The 35th all-star game was played at the newly opened Shea Stadium in Queens, home of the host New York Mets. The game was a 7–4 victory for the NL.
Local stars selected for the midsummer classic included Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Joe Pepitone of the AL Yankees and old NL New York fan favorite Willie Mays of the now San Francisco Giants. Appearing in his first all-star game and first Met ever selected to start the midsummer classic was Ron Hunt at second base. Hunt did not disappoint going one-for-three with a third inning single off AL starter Dean Chance.
With the A.L. leading 4–3 in the the bottom of the ninth. AL closer Dick Radatz issued a leadoff walk to the NL’s Willie Mays, who stole second. Orlando Cepeda singled him home with the tying run and took second on an error. With Curt Flood pinch-running for Cepeda and Johnny Edwards on first with an intentional walk, Johnny Callison of the Philadelphia Phillies’ three-run homer to deep right field ended the game. The dramatic walk-off home run off closer Dick Radatz earned him the games Most Valuable Player Award.
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