Tuesday, November 8, 2016

TURN BACK THE CLOCK- 1963 SPAHN AND MARICHAL HAVE A DUEL FOR THE AGES

Today’s “Turn Back the Clock” profile is of “The Game”, the CLASSIC pitching duel between Hall of Fame pitchers Warren Spahn and Juan Marichal, as the Milwaukee Braves faced the San Francisco Giants on July 2nd 1963 at San Fran:


To start off, the game went 16-innings, with the Giants eventually winning on a Willie Mays home run.
The home run came off of Warren Spahn, and Juan Marichal got the win.
Yep, BOTH pitchers went the distance! Spahn threw 201 pitches while his counterpart threw 227!
“Masterful” doesn’t even come close to describing one of the all-time best pitching duels the game ever saw!
Spahn was 42-years old against a 25-year old Marichal, kind of “the old giving way to the new” as Spahn was in the middle of his last 20-win season, the 13th of his career, while Marichal funny enough was on his way to the first of  his eventual six 20-win campaigns.
Imagine the story here: a Hall of Fame pitcher losing to a Hall of Fame pitcher, thanks to a Hall of Fame hitter winning it with a home run in the 16th!
Just amazing!
Go and check out the box score of the game, it’ll blow your mind.
Some of the other players on these two teams: Eddie Mathews, Orlando Cepeda, Willie McCovey, Hank Aaron…Not too shabby.
The definition of the word “epic”.

1 comment:

  1. In 2010 I watched a Bob Costas/Willie Mays interview show on the MLB Network. Juan Marichal was one of the players in a pre-recorded interview segment.

    He recalled that long game, saying that when manager Al Dark came out to pull him, he told Dark "See that guy on the mound? He's 42 years old. There's no way I'm coming out of this game before he does!"

    More on that story here

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