Wednesday, July 11, 2018

1967: Tony Perez hit a 15th inning HR to win marathon All Star Game



It happened on this day in 1967 or many years ago in Anaheim, California.  Millions watched and saw one of the greatest All Star Game pitching duels ever.    

Tony replaced Dick Allen in the 10th.  He struck out against Catfish Hunter in the 12th, then hit the game-winner to deep left field with one out in the top of the 15th.

In this game, all three runs came on solo homers by third basemen: Dick Allen, Brooks Robinson and Perez. It was also the longest game in All-Star history, a mark tied in 2008.

Another Cuban, lefty Mike Cuellar, represented Houston in the NL roster.    

The 1967 rosters included 21 future Hall of Famers: Perez, Seaver, Drysdale, Jenkins, Mazeroski, Hunter, Bob Gibson, Juan Marichal, Joe Torre, Ernie Banks, Hank Aaron, Lou Brock, Roberto Clemente, Willie Mays, Harmon Killebrew, Mickey Mantle, Rod Carew, Frank Robinson, Brooks Robinson, Al Kaline and Carl Yastrzemski.

It was a great night for Tony Perez of Ciego de Avila.


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