— Days Without Shea —

Callison_1964allstarThe 2008 All Star game is being played Tuesday night in Yankee Stadium, the last year of existence for the Bronx bombshell.

But the most exciting All Star game of all time happened in 1964 at our immortal Shea Stadium, the first year of existence for the greatest home the Mets will ever have.

Ron Hunt represented the Mets and started that game, batitng 8th and playing second base.

Some future Mets played as well, including Joe Torre in the National League and Jim Fregosi, who led off for the AL.

The 36th All Star game was played on July 7th, 1964. The National League scored four runs in the bottom of the 9th to win the game 7–4.

Willie Mays led off that last inning with a walk, stole second, then went to third on a bloop single by Orlando Cepeda. On the play, Joe Pepitone made a throwing error, allowing Mays to score the tying run.

After Ken Boyer flew out, Johnny Edwards was walked, then Hank Aaron pinch-hit for Hunt and struck out.

With two out and two on, up to the plate came the eventual hero of the game (and All Star MVP): Johnny Callison. Callison ripped a three-run home run to win the game and was mobbed at the plate (see photo above). Take a listen to Callison’s historic home run at Shea Stadium. 

This turned out to be the highlight of Callison’s career. Johnny died in 2006. He is memorialized in Citizen’s Bank Park, his plaque next to another guy tightly linked with Shea history and who also died too soon: the great Tug McGraw. Take a look after the jump.

 

1964 All-Star Game

American League All-Star Squad

5.

Bob Allison

Minnesota Twins

1B

 

 

Luis Aparicio

Baltimore Orioles

SS

Replaced - Injury

 

Eddie Bressoud

Boston Red Sox

SS

Replaced Aparicio

9.

Dean Chance

Los Angeles Angels

P

Starting Pitcher

 

Rocky Colavito

Kansas City Athletics

OF

Replaced Kaline

 

Whitey Ford

New York Yankees

P

Did Not Pitch

 

Bill Freehan

Detroit Tigers

C

Did Not Play

1.

Jim Fregosi

Los Angeles Angels

SS

 

 

Jimmie Hall

Minnesota Twins

OF

 

 

Chuck Hinton

Washington Senators

OF

 

8.

Elston Howard

New York Yankees

C

 

 

Al Kaline

Detroit Tigers

OF

Replaced - Injury

4.

Harmon Killebrew

Minnesota Twins

OF

 

 

Jack Kralick

Cleveland Indians

P

Did Not Pitch

 

Jerry Lumpe

Detroit Tigers

2B

Did Not Play

 

Frank Malzone

Boston Red Sox

3B

Did Not Play

3.

Mickey Mantle

New York Yankees

OF

 

2.

Tony Oliva

Minnesota Twins

OF

 

 

Camilo Pascaul

Minnesota Twins

P

 

 

Joe Pepitone

New York Yankees

1B

 

 

Gary Peters

Chicago White Sox

P

Did Not Pitch

 

Juan Pizarro

Chicago White Sox

P

Did Not Pitch

 

Dick Radatz

Boston Red Sox

P

 

7.

Bobby Richardson

New York Yankees

2B

 

6.

Brooks Robinson

Baltimore Orioles

3B

 

 

Norm Siebern

Baltimore Orioles

1B

 

 

John Wyatt

Kansas City Athletics

P

 

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

 

1964 All-Star Game

National League All-Star Squad

 

Hank Aaron

Milwaukee Braves

OF

 

6.

Ken Boyer

St. Louis Cardinals

3B

 

 

Jim Bunning

Philadelphia Phillies

P

 

 

Smoky Burgess

Pittsburgh Pirates

C

Did Not Play

 

Johnny Callison

Philadelphia Phillies

OF

M.V.P.

 

Leo Cardenas

Cincinnati Reds

SS

 

5.

Orlando Cepeda

San Francisco Giants

1B

 

1.

Roberto Clemente

Pittsburgh Pirates

OF

 

9.

Don Drysdale

Los Angeles Dodgers

P

Starting Pitcher

 

Johnny Edwards

Cincinnati Reds

C

 

 

Dick Ellsworth

Chicago Cubs

P

Did Not Pitch

 

Turk Farrell

Houston Colt .45s

P

 

 

Curt Flood

St. Louis Cardinals

OF

 

2.

Dick Groat

St. Louis Cardinals

SS

 

8.

Ron Hunt

New York Mets

2B

 

 

Sandy Koufax

Los Angeles Dodgers

P

Did Not Pitch

 

Juan Marichal

San Francisco Giants

P

 

4.

Willie Mays

San Francisco Giants

OF

 

 

Bill Mazeroski

Pittsburgh Pirates

2B

Did Not Play

 

Ron Santo

Chicago Cubs

3B

Did Not Play

 

Chris Short

Philadelphia Phillies

P

 

 

Willie Stargell

Pittsburgh Pirates

OF

 

7.

Joe Torre

Milwaukee Braves

C

 

 

Bill White

St. Louis Cardinals

1B

 

3.

Billy Williams

Chicago Cubs

OF

 

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



[July 15, 2008 1:10 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Ron Hunt said

Even though I was in the Shea home dugout for Callison's homerun (Not!), I'm willing to bet that the radio call here is a recreation. If not somebody please check the pulse on that announcer.

[July 16, 2008 6:13 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Bobster1985 said

Why didn't Shea ever get another All-Star Game? Seems a little unfair - 43 years and nothing?

[July 25, 2010 7:29 AM]  |  link  |  reply
John Valentine said

I was at the game in the stands at Shea on the 1B/RF side. I am amazed to see that Pepitone was given an error on the throw home when Mays scored the tying run. Cepeda’s bloop over 1B fell over Pepitone and in front of Colavito. As I recall, Pepitone, a 3 time Gold Glove winner, came up throwing to home. Mays slid in safely to tie the game. Hard to see where the E3 was?


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