Friday, August 12, 2022


On the blog today, we celebrate the 1972 baseball All-Star game with a 1973 highlight card, giving a spotlight to the "Midsummer Classic" that Topps for some reason never gave attention to aside from All-Star player cards:

The game, which was held at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium on July 25th, was an extra-inning affair for the second time in three years, putting the National League back on the winning side after losing the 1971 game, their first loss since 1962.
The N.L. played late-inning heroics, tying the game in the bottom of the ninth before winning it the next inning on fundamental baseball, with the San Diego Padres slugger Nate Colbert leading off the inning with a walk, followed by a sacrifice bunt by Chris Speier of the San Francisco Giants.
With Colbert on second, the Cincinnati Reds Joe Morgan was on to face Baltimore Orioles pitcher Dave McNally, and "Little Joe" did not disappoint the Atlanta citizens on hand, rapping a single to drive home Colbert, giving ther N.L. the win, the first of what would be 11 in a row until the 1983 game.
Morgan would get the game's MVP nod, with the New York Mets' Tug McGraw getting the win in relief, while McNally took the loss.
Other notes from the game: Hank Aaron hit a two-run homer off Gaylord Perry in the sixth inning, while the Kansas City Royals' Cookie Rojas hit the only A.L. homer, a two-run job in the eighth.
Oakland A's star Reggie Jackson was the only player with more than one hit in the game, going 2-for-4 with a double.



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