Saturday, July 7, 2012

July 7

1964 Topps #232 - Al Lopez

On this day in 1964, Al Lopez managed the American League All-Stars at Shea Stadium.

While the American League put up a valiant fight, Boston Red Sox pitcher Dick Radatz blew the game in the ninth inning, walking Willie Mays, who stole second and scored on Orlando Cepeda's single, tying the game at four apiece. Cepeda made it to third on the throw and Curt Flood pinch ran for him. Dick got Ken Boyer to pop out, then intentionally walked Johnny Edwards. The move looked brilliant when Radatz struck out pinch hitter Hank Aaron for the second out. Flood and Edwards scored when Dick Radatz gave up a three-run homer to former White Sox Johnny Callison. The AL lost the game 7-4.

Al managed the White Sox from 1957 until 1965, then again from 1968 until 1969. He was the only manager to take the Chicago White Sox to the World Series between 1920 and 2004.

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