Thursday, July 13, 2017

1971 All Star Game: Reggie Jackson hit a mammoth shot at Tiger Stadium


On this day in 1971, Reggie Jackson hit a shot off the Pirates' Dock Ellis.   It was a mammoth shot off the power generator on the right-field roof at Tiger Stadium.   

It was an amazing collection of future Hall of Famers:    
The National League squad featured 12 future Hall of Famers: Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Willie Stargell, Willie McCovey, Johnny Bench, Ron Santo, Lou Brock, Roberto Clemente, Steve Carlton, Ferguson Jenkins, Juan Marichal and Tom Seaver. (Pete Rose also played in the contest; in 1989 he was found to have bet on baseball games, and was made permanently ineligible for induction.) 
Among the American League stars were nine future Hall of Famers: Rod Carew, Carl Yastrzemski, Frank Robinson, Brooks Robinson, Luis Aparicio, Harmon Killebrew, Reggie Jackson, Al Kaline and Jim Palmer. 
Both skippers, Sparky Anderson and Earl Weaver, are Hall of Fame managers. 
One of the National League coaches, Danny Murtaugh, is also enshrined in Cooperstown, as a manager. Joe Torre, the 30-year-old St. Louis Cardinals third baseman who was having an MVP season in 1971, later gained entrance to the Hall for his great career as a manager, primarily with the New York Yankees.
It was a shot to say the least!







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