All-Star Game Insider: Past walk-off victories

  • Updated: May 24, 2014 - 7:25 PM

Atlanta Braves' Fred McGriff watches his solo home run in the sixth inning of Game Three of the World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 1995. Behind the plate is Indians Sandy Alomar. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

ALL-STAR GAME INSIDER

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Tuesday, July 15 • 7 p.m.

It doesn’t seem like it lately, but the All-Star Game has a history of dramatic endings. More than 10 percent of the games, nine of the 84 in history, have finished in walk-off fashion (not counting the players walking off to a tie in 2002), and five of them occurred in an 11-year span from 1961 to ’72. The thrilling finishes:

1941

Ted Williams’ famous bottom-of-the-ninth, three-run home run off Claude Passeau in Detroit is still the only time a game turned from defeat to victory on the game’s final play.

1955

Stan Musial led off the bottom of the 12th in Milwaukee with a long blast to right field off Frank Sullivan, one of his six All-Star homers.

1961

The AL led 4-3 in the bottom of the 10th in San Francisco, but it’s not surprising that the NL rallied, considering the Hall of Fame lineup it sent to the plate against Hoyt Wilhelm: Hank Aaron (single), Willie Mays (RBI double), Frank Robinson (hit by pitch) and Roberto Clemente (winning single).

1964

The NL’s four-run ninth in Shea Stadium was capped by Johnny Callison’s three-run blast off Dick Radatz.

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