July 13, 1965, was the first time the Major League Baseball All-Star Game visited Minnesota after only being in the league since 1961 when they relocated from Washington D.C.to become the Twins. This would be a special year for the fans of the Minnesota Twins as they would also host the World Series in October. The Twins would finally end the dominance of the New York Yankees before losing a hard fought series to the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games. It was played before 46,706 fans on a hot summer afternoon and the National League continued their dominance over the American League increasing their advantage to 18-17-1.
Juan Marichal of the San Francisco Giants was the starting pitcher for the National League while Milt Pappas of the Baltimore Orioles was on the mound for the American League. While Marichal would throw three shutout innings Pappas would last only an inning and give up three runs on four hits and a walk in his only inning of work. Mudcat Grant of the Minnesota Twins in his two innings of work would give up two more runs to the National league who had a 5-0 lead after two innings. Home runs in the first inning provided the scoring for the National league when Willie Mays of San Francisco led off the game with a home run to left field. Later in the inning Joe Torre of the Milwaukee Braves would hit a two run home run off Pappas to left field as well to complete the scoring to bring home the Pittsburgh Pirates Willie Stargell as well. Stargell would connect off Grant in the second inning to right center field scoring Marichal to make it 5-0 National League.
The American League would finally get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth inning when Rocky Colavito of the Cleveland Indians singled to center scoring Dick McAuliffe of the Detroit Tigers. With two Johnny Keene who’d manage the Cardinals left to go to the Yankees after Yogi Berra was let go by the Yankees. With two outs in the fifth inning against Jim Maloney of the Cincinnati Reds, the American League rallied with a walk to Jimmie Hall of the Twins who was pinch hitting for pitcher Pete Richart. McAuliffe launched a home run to deep centerfield scoring Hall and himself making it 5-3. After that Brooks Robinson of Baltimore got an infield hit to third base and then Harmon Killebrew of the Twins sent the crowd into a frenzy when he connected to left centerfield tying the game at five. Don Drysdale of the Los Angeles Dodgers was brought in to end the threat which he did getting Colavito to ground out second to first. In the top of the seventh inning the National League took the lead when Ron Santo of the Chicago Cubs singled home Roberto Clemente of Pittsburgh for the winning run off Sam McDowell of Cleveland. This run would stand as Bob Gibson of the St. Louis Cardinals would pitch two scoreless inning for the save. While Sandy Koufax of Los Angeles who was the pitcher of record would get the win while McDowell would get the loss. Thirteen men who would be on the National League roster would end up in the Baseball Hall of Fame in subsequent years. The American League roster would feature seven Hall of Fame players as well. Twelve would be for their abilities on the field while Joe Torre would be because of his years managing the New York Yankees. While the American league would have seven on its roster but Mickey Mantle of the Yankees would be replaced by Tony Oliva of the Twins. Gene Mauch of the Philadelphia Phillies would be the National League Manager while AL Lopez of the Chicago White Sox would manage the American League. Both managers from the previous World Series weren’t managing their respective teams as Johnny Keene left the Cardinals and moved over to manage the Yankees replacing Yogi Berra who was let go after the 1964 season.
Nationa league Wins All Star Game, 6-5, With the Help of Three Home Runs by Joseph Durso published on July 14, 1965 New York Times