Tuesday, July 12, 2016

1985 All Star Game Honorary Captains: Sandy Koufax & Harmon Killebrew

The 1985 All Star Game was a reunion of sorts for Honorary Captains Sandy Koufax and Harmon Killebrew. The two faced each other 20 years earlier in the 1965 World Series. Both players also competed in the 1965 All Star Game but didn't face each other. Killebrew hit a 2 run homer but Koufax got the win.  The NL won 6-5 in the old Metropolitan Stadium in Minneapolis.
In the 1965 World Series, the home team won the first six games. The Twins got the first two in Minneapolis with Koufax losing Game 2 to Jim Kaat. The next three in L.A. would all go to the Dodgers. Koufax pitched a two-hit shutout in Game 5 again facing Twins lefty Kaat. One of the two hits given up by Koufax was a single by Killebrew. Game 6 returned to Metropolitan Stadium as the Twins evened the series at three. For Game 7 both teams went with their lefties despite only having two days rest. Koufax out-dueled Kaat again. After Kaat gave up the only two runs the Dodgers needed in the 4th he was pulled. Koufax went the distance again pitching a three hit shutout. Once again one of those hits belonged to Killebrew, but the World Series Championship and the MVP belonged to Koufax.

The 1985 All Star Game was in Minneapolis again after 20 years. In 1965 it was in Metropolitan Stadium but in 1985 it was in the Metrodome. Padres pitcher LaMarr Hoyt got the start, the win and the MVP on the strength of three scoreless innings. Despite being nicknamed the "Homerdome" the game went without the long-ball. All tolled there were 14 hits by 14 different players as the NL cruised to a 6-1 victory.

1 comment:

  1. too bad topps didn't produce cards for these captains like they did for drysdale and yaz in other years.