1966 All-Star Game

The top story of the 1966 All-Star Game had nothing to do with baseball. It was the blistering one hundred five-degree game time temperature. Spectators in St. Louis' Busch Stadium were passing out in the stands and smelling salts and oxygen were required in the dugouts. Despite these intense conditions, the game went on as scheduled, although no one wanted to spend much time on the field.

The American League took a 1-0 lead against Sandy Koufax in the second when Brooks Robinson hit a one-out liner to left and wound up with a triple when Hank Aaron let the ball slip past him. Robinson scored a few moments later on a wild pitch.

The National League tied it against Jim Kaat in the fourth on singles by Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente and Ron Santo. As the game went into extra innings, Tim McCarver singled against Pete Richert. Then after Ron Hunt sacrificed, Maury Wills singled to right driving in the winning run. Some joked that Wills had saved many lives by holding the 100+ degree game to only ten innings.

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1966 All-Star Game

1966 All-Star Game
Game Number
Date / Box Score
Busch Stadium
Attendance ( Rank )
Starting Pitchers

1966 All-Star Game

Line Score

League 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
American 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0
National 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 6 0
Denny McLain
Jim Kaat (4th)
Mel Stottlemyre (6th)
Sonny Siebert (8th)
Pete Richert (L, 10th)
Sandy Koufax
Jim Bunning (4th)
Juan Marichal (6th)
Gaylord Perry (W, 9th)
None None

1966 All-Star Game

American League All-Star Squad

Tommie Agee Chicago White Sox OF
Steve Barber Baltimore Orioles P Did Not Pitch
Earl Battey Minnesota Twins C
Gary Bell Cleveland Indians P Did Not Pitch
Norm Cash Detroit Tigers 1B
Rocky Colavito Cleveland Indians OF
Andy Etchebarren Baltimore Orioles C
7. Bill Freehan Detroit Tigers C
Jim Fregosi California Angels SS
Catfish Hunter Kansas City Athletics P
Jim Kaat Minnesota Twins P
2. Al Kaline Detroit Tigers OF
Harmon Killebrew Minnesota Twins 3B
8. Bobby Knoop California Angels 2B
1. Dick McAuliffe Detroit Tigers SS
Sam McDowell Cleveland Indians P Replaced - Injury
9. Denny McLain Detroit Tigers P Starting Pitcher
4. Tony Oliva Minnesota Twins OF
Bobby Richardson New York Yankees 2B
Pete Richert Washington Senators P
5. Brooks Robinson Baltimore Orioles 3B M.V.P.
3. Frank Robinson Baltimore Orioles OF
6. George Scott Boston Red Sox 1B
Sonny Siebert Cleveland Indians P Replaced McDowell
Mel Stottlemyre New York Yankees P
Carl Yastrzemski Boston Red Sox OF Did Not Play
BOLD = Manager / player / coach choice to start the game.

1966 All-Star Game

National League All-Star Squad

3. Hank Aaron Atlanta Braves OF
Dick Allen Philadelphia Phillies OF
Felipe Alou Atlanta Braves 1B Did Not Play
Jim Bunning Philadelphia Phillies P
8. Leo Cardenas Cincinnati Reds SS
2. Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates OF
Curt Flood St. Louis Cardinals OF
Bob Gibson St. Louis Cardinals P Replaced - Injury
Tom Haller San Francisco Giants C Did Not Play
Jim Ray Hart San Francisco Giants 3B
Ron Hunt New York Mets 2B
9. Sandy Koufax Los Angeles Dodgers P Starting Pitcher
7. Jim Lefebvre Los Angeles Dodgers 2B
Juan Marichal San Francisco Giants P
1. Willie Mays San Francisco Giants OF
Tim McCarver St. Louis Cardinals C
Billy McCool Cincinnati Reds P Did Not Pitch
4. Willie McCovey San Francisco Giants 1B
Joe Morgan Houston Astros 2B Injured
Gaylord Perry San Francisco Giants P
Claude Raymond Houston Astros P
Phil Regan Los Angeles Dodgers P Replaced Gibson
5. Ron Santo Chicago Cubs 3B
Willie Stargell Pittsburgh Pirates OF
6. Joe Torre Atlanta Braves C
Bob Veale Pittsburgh Pirates P Did Not Play
Maury Wills Los Angeles Dodgers SS

BOLD = Manager / player / coach choice to start the game.

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Did you know that this was the first All-Star Game ever played at Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis?

Denny McLain pitched three perfect innings during this game and both him and Jim Kaat would finish the 1966 season with at least twenty wins each.

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