Saturday, July 22, 2006

July 22nd, 1969

All-Star Game Postponed

The All-Star Game first took place in 1933 and was played, sometimes twice a year, every year thereafter, excluding 1945 when wartime travel restrictions made it impossible. Remarkably, this was the first time in the game's history that it had to be postponed on account of rain. I don't know if the possibility of a rain-out if why the All-Star Game is sandwiched with off-days, but it obviously served them well this year.

The game itself--this was in DC, at RFK Stadium incidentally--was generally underwhelming as the NL trounced the junior circuit 9-3. The highlights of the game were moon shot home runs by Johnny Bench and a pair from Willie McCovey. The oddest part of the game, besides the rain-out was that listed starting pitcher Denny McLain somehow missed the beginning of the game and didn't appear until the fourth inning, at which point the NL held its dominant lead. There is seemingly no explanation of why exactly McLain missed his start, but knowing what we know about Denny, he was probably up to no good. As it turned out, that was equally no good for the AL.

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