Baseball All-Star Game 1964 - Willie is home in a game-tying cloud of dust. Howard looks at throw from Joe Pepitone: it bounced out of control on hard infield. (Photo By: Charles Hoff/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
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By Harry Swartout
July 15, 2014

Crowds that skipped the ’64 Worlds Fair in order to see the thirty-fifth MLB All-Star Game were treated to one of the best games of all time.

While sports pundits whine about how the All-Star Game has become a joke and broadcasters report lower and lower viewership, match-ups like the ’64 contest remain a shining beacon of what the game could be.

The big names like Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle and Roberto Clemente showed up to play (with Mays even laying out for a hard-hit ball).

In the end it came down to a bottom of the ninth two-out, two-strike home run to decide the game, putting the “classic” in Midsummer Classic.

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