Haller Strikes Again; NL Prevails, 4-1.

Filed under All Star Game
July 9, 1968


Harmon Killebrew stretched for the throw from Luis Aparicio to throw out Curt Flood in the sixth inning of the All Star Game. Killebrew was forced to leave the game, and the National League tied, then took the lead, immediately thereafter.
Lightning struck twice, this time indoors, as Dodger catcher Tom Haller lined a two-run single off Sam McDowell of the Indians to lift the National League All-Stars past the American League, 4-1. Two seasons ago, Haller, then donning the uniform of the San Francisco Giants, homered off the first pitch he saw from a left-handed reliever, Baltimore’s Dave McNally, for a National League victory. After the Americans took a one run lead in the top of the sixth, the Nationals rallied with four unanswered runs for the win that may prove costly for the Minnesota Twins as Harmon Killebrew left the game with a leg injury in the sixth inning.

Minnesota’s Tony Oliva broke five innings of silence with a RBI double off St. Louis’ Steve Carlton to score Luis Aparicio of the White Sox. In the bottom of the inning, the game turned disastrous for the American League. Willie Mays dropped a single in front of Detroit’s Willie Horton who could not properly handle the bounce off the Astroturf, and Mays advanced to second on the misplay. Curt Flood followed with a grounder to short that ended up as anything but routine. Killebrew stretched for the throw as Flood streaked down the line. The effort by Killebrew worked as Flood was called out, but then the Twins slugger fell over in pain. As Killebrew was carried from the field, the game was delayed which may have thrown Detroit’s Denny McLain off. San Francisco’s Willie McCovey stepped up to bat, and after missing with two pitches, McLain grooved a fastball down the middle that McCovey pulled down the right field line for a game-tying double.

With one out in the seventh, the Nationals loaded the bases against Yankee Mel Stottlemyre. AL Manager Mayo Smith summoned the southpaw McDowell to face Haller who lined a pea over the first base bag and into the corner to plate the Julian Javier with the go-ahead and hometown hero Rusty Staub, who received a standing ovation with his pinch-hit single, with the third run for the Nationals. Oliva made a nifty defensive play to keep the ball from reaching the corner, holding Haller at first, but nevertheless tow runs scored. McDowell induced Willie Mays to hit into an inning-ending double play, but the damage had been done. In this exhibition during a pitching-dominant season, a two run lead with six outs to go looked insurmountable.

N.L. Manager Red Schoendienst turned to the youthful Met pitchers, Tom Seaver and Jerry Koosman, to close the game. Seaver retired the Americans in order in the eighth. In the bottom of the frame, McCovey drew a one-out walk, and McDowell exited the game. Detroit’s Earl Wilson entered, and Hank Aaron greeted the Cy Young winner with a wrong way double to right. McCovey chugged into third. Cincinnati’s Tony Perez battled Wilson for twelve pitches, and finally scored McCovey with a slow roller to short. Bert Campaneris threw Perez out at first, but the Nationals were up 4-1.

Mets rookie Jerry Koosman was called upon to close the game, and perhaps nerves got the better of the rookie southpaw initially as he hit Carl Yastrzemski to open the inning. But, the Minnesotan quickly regrouped to induce Oliva to bounce into a double play. Angel representative Rick Reichardt blooped a pinch-hit single to right, but Koosman closed out Boog Powell with a liner that found the glove of an outstretched Glenn Beckert of the Cubs for a dramatic finish.

Haller was named Most Valuable Player, a distinction that eluded him two years ago despite hitting the game-winning home run. Don Drysdale was the winning pitcher, and Stottlemyre was the loser.

7/9/1968, AL68-NL68, Astrodome

                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
1968 Americans         0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0     1  4  1     5  2
1968 Nationals         0  0  0  0  0  1  2  1  x     4  8  1     5  2

Americans            AB  R  H BI  D  T HR BB  K SB CS IW HP SH SF   AVG   PO  A  E PB
Aparicio          ss  3  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    2  5  0  0
 Campaneris       ph  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  2  0  0
Carew             2b  3  0  1  0  1  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .333    0  2  0  0
 McAuliffe        2b  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  2  0  0
Yastrzemski       cf  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  1  0  0  .000    2  0  0  0
Howard,F          rf  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    1  0  0  0
 Oliva            pr  2  0  1  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .500    0  0  0  0
Horton            lf  3  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .333    0  0  1  0
 Monday           cf  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Reichardt        ph  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0 1.000    0  0  0  0
Killebrew         1b  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    7  1  0  0
 Powell           1b  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    5  0  0  0
Freehan           c   3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    5  0  0  0
 Azcue            c   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 McDowell         p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Wilson           p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
Robinson,B        3b  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    1  2  0  0
Tiant             p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    1  0  0  0
 Harrelson        ph  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Odom             p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Mantle           ph  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 McLain           p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  1  0  0
 Stottlemyre      p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Josephson        c   1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
                     30  1  4  1  2  0  0  2  6  0  0  0  1  0  0         24 15  1  0

Nationals            AB  R  H BI  D  T HR BB  K SB CS IW HP SH SF   AVG   PO  A  E PB
Mays              cf  3  1  1  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .333    0  0  0  0
Flood             lf  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    1  0  0  0
 Alou             lf  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    1  0  0  0
 Alou             lf  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
McCovey           1b  3  1  2  1  1  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .667   13  1  0  0
Aaron,H           rf  4  0  1  0  1  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .250    1  0  0  0
Santo             3b  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  4  0  0
 Perez            3b  1  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
Javier            2b  3  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .333    1  2  1  0
 Helms            2b  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  1  0  0
 Beckert          2b  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    1  1  0  0
Grote             c   2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    6  0  0  0
 Drysdale         p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Staub            ph  1  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0 1.000    0  0  0  0
 Seaver           p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Koosman          p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
Maxvill           ss  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    1  4  0  0
 Pena             ph  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    1  1  0  0
Gibson            p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  1  0  0
 Williams         ph  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0 1.000    0  0  0  0
 Marichal         p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    1  0  0  0
 Carlton          p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Haller           ph  2  0  1  2  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .500    0  0  0  0
                     30  4  8  4  2  0  0  3  5  0  0  0  0  0  0         27 15  1  0

Americans                        INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   BF HR IW HP WP DP   ERA
Tiant                            2.0  0  0  0  0  2  30  20    6  0  0  0  0  0  0.00
Odom                             2.0  2  0  0  1  1  24  15    8  0  0  0  0  1  0.00
McLain                           2.0  2  1  0  0  2  37  22    8  0  0  0  0  0  0.00
Stottlemyre      L               0.1  2  2  2  1  0  20  13    4  0  0  0  0  0 54.00
McDowell                         1.0  1  1  1  1  0  19  11    4  0  0  0  0  1  9.00
Wilson                           0.2  1  0  0  0  0  17  12    3  0  0  0  0  0  0.00
                                 8.0  8  4  3  3  5 147  93   33  0  0  0  0  2

Nationals                        INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   BF HR IW HP WP DP   ERA
Gibson                           3.0  1  0  0  0  4  36  23   10  0  0  0  0  0  0.00
Marichal                         2.0  1  0  0  1  1  29  17    8  0  0  0  0  0  0.00
Carlton                          1.0  1  1  0  0  1  21  13    5  0  0  0  0  0  0.00
Drysdale         W               1.0  0  0  0  1  0  11   6    3  0  0  0  0  1  0.00
Seaver           H               1.0  0  0  0  0  0   9   8    3  0  0  0  0  0  0.00
Koosman          S               1.0  1  0  0  0  0  18  11    4  0  0  1  0  1  0.00
                                 9.0  4  1  0  2  6 124  78   33  0  0  1  0  2

AL : Harrelson batted for Tiant in the 3rd
     Oliva ran for Howard,F in the 4th
     Oliva moved to rf in the 4th
     Mantle batted for Odom in the 5th
     Powell inserted at 1b in the 6th
     McAuliffe inserted at 2b in the 7th
     Yastrzemski moved to lf in the 7th
     Monday inserted at cf in the 7th
     Azcue inserted at c in the 7th
     Josephson inserted at c in the 7th
     Campaneris batted for Aparicio in the 8th
     Campaneris moved to ss in the 8th
     Reichardt batted for Monday in the 9th
NL : Williams batted for Gibson in the 3rd
     Haller batted for Carlton in the 6th
     Alou inserted at lf in the 7th
     Haller moved to c in the 7th
     Staub batted for Drysdale in the 7th
     Pena batted for Maxvill in the 7th
     Pena moved to ss in the 8th
     Perez inserted at 3b in the 8th
     Helms inserted at 2b in the 8th
     Alou inserted at lf in the 9th
     Beckert inserted at 2b in the 9th

GWRBI: Haller
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.

7/9/1968, AL68-NL68, Astrodome

                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
1968 Americans         0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0     1  4  1     5  2
1968 Nationals         0  0  0  0  0  1  2  1  x     4  8  1     5  2


Americans            -----A------ -----B------ -----C------ -----D------ -----E------
Aparicio          ss 1>13           53         6>Carlton
                                                 e4.B-1
 Campaneris       ph                                          9
Carew             2b   D          4>Marichal     63.1-2
                                    k
 McAuliffe        2b                                          7
Yastrzemski       cf   63           3/g          k          9>Koosman
                                                              HBP
Howard,F          rf   k            W
 Oliva            pr                             D.2-H        463/gdp
Horton            lf 2>k            S.1-3        53
 Monday           cf
 Reichardt        ph                                          S
Killebrew         1b   k            43
 Powell           1b                           7>Drysdale     4/L
                                                 W
Freehan           c    63         5>63           543/gdp
 Azcue            c
 McDowell         p
 Wilson           p
Robinson,B        3b 3>k            31           53
Tiant             p
 Harrelson        ph   7
 Odom             p
 Mantle           ph                6
 McLain           p
 Stottlemyre      p
 Josephson        c                            8>Seaver
                                                 43


Nationals            -----A------ -----B------ -----C------ -----D------ -----E------
Mays              cf 1>53           W.1-2        S.B-2(e7)    463/gdp
Flood             lf   k            8            63
 Alou             lf                                        8>63
 Alou             lf
McCovey           1b   31         4>S            D.2-H        W
Aaron,H           rf 2>k            463/gdp      13           Wilson
                                                              D.1-3
Santo             3b   63           43         7>note 1
                                                 5/L
 Perez            3b                                          63.3-H
Javier            2b   9          5>McLain       S
                                    53
 Helms            2b                                          43
 Beckert          2b
Grote             c  3>Odom         k
                       k
 Drysdale         p
 Staub            ph                             S.1-2
 Seaver           p
 Koosman          p
Maxvill           ss   8            63
 Pena             ph                             W.2-3;1-2
Gibson            p
 Williams         ph   S
 Marichal         p
 Carlton          p
 Haller           ph              6>k            McDowell
                                                 note 2

 1: Stottlemyre  2: S.3-H;2-H;1-3


Americans        IN OUT ER                  Nationals        IN OUT ER
Tiant            A1  A6  0                  Gibson           A1  B1  0
Odom             A7  B5  0                  Marichal         B2  B9  0
McLain           B6  C4  0                  Carlton          C1  C5  0
Stottlemyre      C5  C8  2 L                Drysdale         C6  C8  0 W
McDowell         C9  D3  1                  Seaver           C9  D2  0 H
Wilson           D4  D6  0                  Koosman          D3  D6  0 S

7/9/1968, AL68-NL68, Astrodome

                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
1968 Americans         0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0     1  4  1     5  2
1968 Nationals         0  0  0  0  0  1  2  1  x     4  8  1     5  2

Score O Rnr BS  Event
----- - --- --  -----

**************  Top of the 1st inning, Americans batting
 0-0  0 --- 21  Aparicio grounded out to the mound (SBBX)
 0-0  1 --- 10  Carew doubled deep to right (BX)
 0-0  1 -2- 31  Yastrzemski grounded out to short (BBBCX)
 0-0  2 -2- 22  Howard,F struck out (BBCCFC)

**************  Bottom of the 1st inning, Nationals batting
 0-0  0 --- 11  Mays grounded out to third (SBX)
 0-0  1 --- 32  Flood struck out (BBBCFFS)
 0-0  2 --- 11  McCovey grounded out to first (CBX)

**************  Top of the 2nd inning, Americans batting
 0-0  0 --- 22  Horton struck out (BBCCFS)
 0-0  1 --- 02  Killebrew struck out (CSS)
 0-0  2 --- 10  Freehan grounded out to short (BX)

**************  Bottom of the 2nd inning, Nationals batting
 0-0  0 --- 32  Aaron,H struck out (CBSFBFFFBS)
 0-0  1 --- 22  Santo grounded out to short (CCBBX)
 0-0  2 --- 01  Javier flied out to right (SX)

**************  Top of the 3rd inning, Americans batting
 0-0  0 --- 22  Robinson,B struck out (BBCSC)
                Harrelson pinch hitting for Tiant
 0-0  1 --- 00  Harrelson flied out to left (X)
 0-0  2 --- 01  Aparicio grounded out to third (CX)

**************  Bottom of the 3rd inning, Nationals batting
                Odom now pitching
 0-0  0 --- 02  Grote struck out (CFFC)
 0-0  1 --- 11  Maxvill flied out to center (FBX)
                Williams pinch hitting for Gibson
 0-0  2 --- 21  Williams lined a single to left (BSBX)
 0-0  2 1-- 31  Mays walked, Williams to second (BBBCB)
 0-0  2 12- 11  Flood lined out to center (BFX)

**************  Top of the 4th inning, Americans batting
                Marichal now pitching
 0-0  0 --- 22  Carew struck out (CBBCC)
 0-0  1 --- 10  Yastrzemski grounded out to first (BX)
 0-0  2 --- 32  Howard,F walked (CFFBBBFB)
                Oliva pinch running for Howard,F
 0-0  2 1-- 00  Horton lined a single to left center, Oliva to third (X)
 0-0  2 1-3 00  Killebrew grounded out to second (X)

**************  Bottom of the 4th inning, Nationals batting
                Oliva moved to right field
 0-0  0 --- 10  McCovey grounded a single between first and second (BX)
 0-0  0 1-- 00  Aaron,H grounded into a double play, Carew to Aparicio to
                  Killebrew (X)
 0-0  2 --- 01  Santo grounded out to second (CX)

**************  Top of the 5th inning, Americans batting
 0-0  0 --- 32  Freehan grounded out to short (BBBCCX)
 0-0  1 --- 00  Robinson,B grounded out to first (X)
                Mantle pinch hitting for Odom
 0-0  2 --- 22  Mantle popped out to short (SBBFX)

**************  Bottom of the 5th inning, Nationals batting
                McLain now pitching
 0-0  0 --- 21  Javier grounded out to third (SBBX)
 0-0  1 --- 12  Grote struck out (FBCFFC)
 0-0  2 --- 10  Maxvill grounded out to short (BX)

**************  Top of the 6th inning, Americans batting
                Carlton now pitching
 0-0  0 --- 00  Aparicio to first on an error by the second baseman
                  Javier (X)
 0-0  0 1-- 22  Carew grounded out to short, Aparicio to second
                  (CB>F>FB>X)
 0-0  1 -2- 32  Yastrzemski struck out (BBSBSS)
 0-0  2 -2- 21  Oliva grounded a double down the first base line,
                  Aparicio scored (BCBX)
 1-0  2 -2- 12  Horton grounded out to third (CBCX)

**************  Bottom of the 6th inning, Nationals batting
                Haller pinch hitting for Carlton
 1-0  0 --- 22  Haller struck out (FBBSS)
 1-0  1 --- 32  Mays lined a single to shallow left, Mays to second on an
                  error by the left fielder Horton (BFFBBX)
 1-0  1 -2- 22  Flood grounded out to short (CFBBX)
                Powell now playing first base
 1-0  2 -2- 20  McCovey grounded a double down the first base line, Mays
                  scored (BBX)
 1-1  2 -2- 22  Aaron,H grounded out to the mound (BFCBFX)

**************  Top of the 7th inning, Americans batting
                Alou now playing left field
                Drysdale now pitching
                Haller moved to catcher
 1-1  0 --- 32  Powell walked (FSFBBBB)
 1-1  0 1-- 11  Freehan grounded into a double play, Santo to Javier to
                  McCovey (BFX)
 1-1  2 --- 00  Robinson,B grounded out to third (X)

**************  Bottom of the 7th inning, Nationals batting
                McAuliffe now playing second base
                Yastrzemski moved to left field
                Monday now playing center field
                Azcue now playing catcher
                Stottlemyre now pitching
 1-1  0 --- 12  Santo lined out to third (CBSX)
 1-1  1 --- 22  Javier grounded a single up the middle (BSCBFFX)
                Staub pinch hitting for Drysdale
 1-1  1 1-- 02  Staub singled to shallow center, Javier to second (FCX)
                Pena pinch hitting for Maxvill
 1-1  1 12- 32  Pena walked, Javier to third, Staub to second (CBFBBB)
                McDowell now pitching
                Josephson now playing catcher
 1-1  1 123 00  Haller lined a single down the right field line, Javier
                  scored, Staub scored, Pena to third (X)
 1-3  1 1-3 11  Mays grounded into a double play, McAuliffe to Aparicio
                  to Powell (BFX)

**************  Top of the 8th inning, Americans batting
                Seaver now pitching
                Pena moved to shortstop
                Perez now playing third base
                Helms now playing second base
 1-3  0 --- 01  Josephson grounded out to second (CX)
                Campaneris pinch hitting for Aparicio
 1-3  1 --- 01  Campaneris flied out to right (CX)
 1-3  2 --- 12  McAuliffe lined out to left (FBSFX)

**************  Bottom of the 8th inning, Nationals batting
                Campaneris moved to shortstop
 1-3  0 --- 32  Alou grounded out to short (BFBFBFX)
 1-3  1 --- 32  McCovey walked (BBFSBFFB)
                Wilson now pitching
 1-3  1 1-- 10  Aaron,H grounded a double down the first base line,
                  McCovey to third (BX)
 1-3  1 -23 32  Perez grounded out to short, McCovey scored (SSFBFFFFBBFX)
 1-4  2 -2- 11  Helms grounded out to second (FBX)

**************  Top of the 9th inning, Americans batting
                Alou now playing left field
                Beckert now playing second base
                Koosman now pitching
 1-4  0 --- 12  Yastrzemski was hit by a pitch (SFBH)
 1-4  0 1-- 12  Oliva grounded into a double play, Beckert to Pena to
                  McCovey (FBFFFX)
                Reichardt pinch hitting for Monday
 1-4  2 --- 21  Reichardt lined a single to right center (FBBX)
 1-4  2 1-- 21  Powell lined out to second (CBBX)

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