BASEBALL ALL-STAR GAMES
A new DVD on the All-Star Game covering the years 1958-1967 has just been released by Rare Sportsfilms, Inc.! The 1-hour, 45-minute presentation shows highlights of every year except 1963 and 1964 - almost all in COLOR! In addition, the new DVD has five chapter points, making it easy to find any one of the eight different films which make up the entire program! Here are the eight different films all on this new DVD:
- 1958 All-Star Game at Baltimore (19 minutes) - The only mid-summer classic ever played at old Memorial Stadium, the '58 game was unique in that all hits were singles! Nellie Fox raps out two hits, and Mantle, Bob Cerv, Frank Malzone, Gus Triandos, Ray Narleski, Mickey Vernon, Bob Skinner, Frank Thomas, Mays and Musial also hit safely. Interesting shots of downtown Baltimore 60 years ago, as Jackie Jensen, Hank Aaron, Richie Ashburn and Dick Farrell are shown riding in convertibles on their way to the game from the hotel, and Yogi Berra and Ted Williams are shown in street clothes. Nice closeup shots of Musial, Williams, Lee Walls and Walt Moryn before the game. Del Crandall is even shown making his own home movies! All the stars of both leagues are here: Eddie Mathews, Berra, Al Kaline, Harvey Kuenn, Ernie Banks, Bill Mazeroski, Bill Skowron, Early Wynn, Luis Aparacio, and starting pitchers Warren Spahn and Bob Turley, who gives up all three N.L. runs during the first two innings. After that, however, A.L. hurlers dominate, especially Billy O’Dell of the hometown Orioles, who pitches three perfect innings to close out the game for a 4-3 American League victory.
- 1959, 1960 and 1961 (16 minutes) - In 1959 thru 1962, two All-Star Games were played each year to help bolster the Player’s Pension Fund. Forbes Field hosted the first game in ’59. Before the game, managers Casey Stengel and Fred Haney, Aaron, Mays, Wally Moon, Banks, Mathews, Don Drysdale, Crandall, Williams, Frank Malzone, Triandos, Pete Runnels, Musial, Skowron, Fox, Aparacio, Harmon Killebrew, Minnie Minoso, Kaline and Rocky Colavito are all shown in nice closeups. Solo homers by Mathews and Kaline account for a 1-1 score after 6 innings. Elroy Face gives up three runs in the 8th, but the N.L. scores the winning runs in a 5-4 victory in the last of the inning on singles by Ken Boyer and Aaron and a game-winning triple by Willie Mays. Both 1960 games are shown, the first in old Municipal Stadium, Kansas City. National Leaguers Banks, Crandall and Musial are shown in close-ups before the game, along with American Leaguers Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle, Early Wynn, Williams, Runnels, Malzone, starting pitcher Bill Monboquette and skipper Al Lopez. Mays with three hits, Banks with two including a homer and hits by Skinner and Crandall build up N.L. 5-run lead after three innings. Trailing by 4 runs, A.L. gets two back in the 8th on Kaline’s two run HR, but loses 5-3. Two days later the scene shifts to Yankee Stadium for the second game of 1960. Again, Mays raps out three hits, including a homer as N.L. wins 6-0. Also shown are homers by Ed Mathews and Stan Musial, his final All-Star homer (a solo blast off Gerry Staley of the White Sox in the 7th inning)! 1961’s second game is played at Fenway Park and ends in a 1-1 tie because of a downpour at the end of nine innings. The A.L. run is provided by Rocky Colavito’s homer in the first inning off Bob Purkey. A.L. Rookie of The Year Don Schwall is on the mound in the 6th when the N.L. ties the game on Bill White’s sharp grounder which scores Mathews with the tying run. More, nice closeups before the game of Musial, Mays, Aaron, Maris & Mantle, Warren Spahn, Don Schwall, Colavito and Cleveland’s John Romano.
- 1962 Games at D.C. Stadium and Wrigley Field (B & W, 9 Minutes) - Before the first game in Washington you’ll see Aparacio, Mantle, Jim Gentile, Mays, Roberto Clemente, and starters Drysdale and Jim Bunning. With no score in the 6th, PH Musial singles and is replaced by Maury Wills, who promptly steals second. Dick Groat’s single scores Wills and later Clemente scores Groat for a 2-0 N.L. lead. Final score is 3-1. Only brief action from the second game at Wrigley Field is shown. Pete Runnels lofts HR in the third inning to tie the game 1-1. The winning runs for the A.L. are later provided by Leon Wagner’s two-run HR off N.L. loser Art Mahaffey.
- 1965 All-Star Game at Minnesota (17 minutes) - Giants Willie Mays and Juan Marichal are the stars of the ’65 game at Met Stadium. Great color shots of all the stars of both leagues: Billy Williams, Ron Santo, Banks, Wills, Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Johnny Callison, Richie Allen, Hank Aaron, Joe Torre, Ed Kranepool, Jim Maloney, Frank and Brooks Robinson, Clemente, Willie Stargell, Bobby Richardson, Elston Howard, Zoilo Versalles, Tony Oliva, Jimmie Hall, Harmon Killebrew, Dick McAuliffe, Willie Horton, Bill Freehan and Vic Davalillo. Mays belts second pitch from A.L. starter Milt Pappas for HR! Six batters later, Joe Torre’s two-run HR completes 3-run N.L. first inning! In the second off Jim Grant, Stargell’s two-run HR makes it 5-0. After giving up an A.L. run in the 4th, Jim Maloney gets two out in the 5th before Jimmie Hall walks and Dick McAuliffe hits a two-run homer to start the A.L. scoring. Then after Brooks Robinson singles, Harmon Killebrew thrills the fans with a towering drive that ties the game at 5-5. In the 7th Sam McDowell walks Mays. When Aaron singles, Mays goes to third and scores the winning run on Ron Santo’s infield nubber to short.
- 1966 All-Star Game at St. Louis (16 minutes) - This game will always be remembered for the blistering 105-degree heat and a sparkling 2-1 N.L. 10-inning win. Great color closeups include Mays, McCovey, Colavito, Kaline, McAuliffe, Richardson, Bobby Knoop, Aaron, the Robinson boys, Cardenas, Clemente, Yaz, Oliva, Earl Battey, starting pitchers Sandy Koufax and Denny McLain and honorary coaches Ted Williams and Casey Stengel. In the second inning, Brooks Robinson’s triple is the only hit off Koufax. However, Sandy’s wild pitch scores Robinson, for a 1-0 A.L. lead. Brooks also has fine day in the field, making three nice plays at third, including two to rob Ron Santo and another to save a 6th-inning run on Aaron’s smash. The N.L. ties the game in the 4th off Jim Kaat when Mays and Clemente single and May scores on Santo’s little infield dribbler. In the 10th, Tim McCarver leads off with a hit, goes to second on a sac bunt by Ron Hunt and scores the winning run on a single by Maury Wills!
- 1967 All-Star Game at Anaheim (28 minutes) - This is the longest film on this DVD, and this was the longest All-Star Game ever played by innings. Closeup shots of Conigliaro, Bill Freehan, Oliva, Yaz, Brooks Robinson, Killebrew, Bill Rigney, Don Mincher, Mays, Richie Allen, Aaron, Cepeda, Gene Alley, managers Walt Alston and Hank Bauer and starting pitchers Dean Chance and Juan Marichal. A total of 30 strikeouts by both teams sets a new record, and all runs are scored on solo homers - Richie Allen in the second inning off Chance, Brooks Robinson in the fourth off Fergie Jenkins, and the eventual game-winner in the 15th inning by Tony Perez off Catfish Hunter.
Get your own DVD of the All-Star Games 1958-1967 for only $29.95 + $4.00 for shipping and handling (Illinois residents must add $2.25 sales tax)
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