Friday, July 6, 2012

1971 Topps 1970 All Star Game

Next week is the All Star game. Here is a card that should have been made to commemorate one of the most memorable plays in All Star history. 

The AL was ahead 4-1 going into the bottom of the 9th. Dick Dietz (shown here in the foreground on deck still wearing his shin pads) homered off of Catfish Hunter to start the comeback. Hunter gave up 2 more singles before being relieved by Fritz Peterson who gave up an RBI single to Willie McCovey. He was replaced by Mel Stottlemyre. Roberto Clemente hit a sac-fly to send it into extra innings. 

In the Bottom of the 12th, Angel's pitcher Clyde Wright retired the first two batters before giving up 3 consecutive singles. Cubs' 1st baseman Jim Hickman hit the game-winning single on which Pete Rose scored from second. In the process bowling over Ray Fosse and separating his shoulder.

The All Star Game MVP award was given to Carl Yastrzemski who had 4 hits in the game. It was the second time a player on the losing team was awarded the MVP. In 1966 Brooks Robinson won in another extra inning game.

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