Perez HR in 15th gave NL win in '67 ASG

Twelve pitchers combined for 30 K's in longest Midsummer Classic

Perez HR in 15th gave NL win in '67 ASG

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

Cincinnati's Tony Perez homered off Catfish Hunter with one out in the top of the 15th to give the National League a 2-1 win in the 1967 All-Star Game before 46,309 fans at Anaheim Stadium.

Twelve pitchers combined for an All-Star Game record 30 strikeouts in the longest game by innings in series history. The win was the fifth straight for the NL and a second straight 2-1 win in extra innings.

Pitching dominated as the teams combined for 17 hits and two walks over the 15 innings on July 11 with all three runs scoring on solo home runs.

The starting third basemen on each team homered to send the game into extras.

Dick Allen of the Philadelphia Phillies homered off American League starter Dean Chance of the Minnesota Twins to give the NL a 1-0 lead in the top of the second.

Brooks Robinson of the Baltimore Orioles tied the game with a sixth-inning homer off Ferguson Jenkins of the Chicago Cubs.

Perez had been the Pacific Coast League's Most Valuable Player in 1964 while playing for the Triple-A Padres. He had entered the All-Star Game in the bottom of the 10th as a replacement for Allen at third base.

Perez's game-winning homer earned him the Most Valuable Player Award in the All-Star Game.

Hunter, of the Kansas City A's, had entered the game in the 11th and worked the last five innings for the AL, giving up four hits with four strikeouts.

Juan Marichal of the Giants started the game for the NL and allowed a hit in three scoreless innings. Jenkins followed Marichal and allowed three hits, including the Robinson homer, in three innings while striking out six. He was followed by Bob Gibson of the Cardinals who allowed two hits with two strikeouts in two innings.

Gibson started a run of nine straight scoreless innings by NL pitchers to close out the game.

Chris Short of the Phillies issued one walk in two innings. Mike Cuellar of the Astros allowed a hit with two strikeouts in the 11th and 12th. Don Drysdale of the Dodgers matched Cuellar's line in the next two innings to get the win. Tom Seaver of the New York Mets issued a walk in the 15th.

Chance allowed two hits, including the Allen homer, in three innings as AL pitchers worked 12 straight scoreless innings before Perez's decisive homer.

Jim McGlothlin of the host Angels allowed two hits with two strikeouts in two innings. Gary Peters of the White Sox, who was 12-9 with the 1960 Triple-A Padres, struck out four in three perfect innings. Al Downing of the Yankees then allowed two hits with two strikeouts in as many innings before Hunter entered the game.

Boston left fielder Carl Yastrzemski was 3-for-4 with a double and drew both walks in the game. He represented five of the AL's 10 baserunners. Cardinals' catcher Tim McCarver was the lone NL player with two hits.