Major League Baseball All-Star Game - 1968

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Today's old-timey video clip is from the beginning of the 1968 All-Star Game, held in Houston's Astrodome. The starting pitchers were Don Drysdale and Luis Tiant.

How cool does Sandy Koufax look in that clip? He's already out of baseball two years but he's there to talk up his former teammate Don Drysdale. That's a classy dude! Also, wasn't color TV invented by 1968?

As for the game, Willie Mays scored the game's only run in the bottom of the first inning. He singled off Tiant, advanced to second on a pick-off attempt gone awry, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a GIDP by Willie McCovey. This was perhaps the worst ASG ever in terms of offense; the American League had but 3 baserunners and struck out 11 times. Mays played the entire game, recorded zero putouts or assists, and collected just that one hit, and still won the MVP. You know why? BECAUSE HE IS THE GREATEST PLAYER TO EVER PLAY THE GAME.

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No one hit that year. Yaz won the AL batting title with a .301 average and they had to lower the mound because Bob Gibson had like a -10.00 ERA. Good to see it even extended to the All-Star game that year.

The players also had to walk 10 miles in the snow just to get to the stadium. And an afternoon at the movies cost 5 cents.

That's one suave-lookin' Hebrew.

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