Detroit Tigers Greatest All-Star Game Memories

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1961 and 1962 – Colavito Slugs Two Home Runs

From 1959 to 1962, two All-Star Games were played each season. In 1961 and 1962 right fielder Rocky Colavito took advantage of those second games.

In 1961 at Fenway Park first baseman Norm Cash led off the bottom of the first by striking out. Colavito followed with a home run to give the American League a 1-0 lead in a game that ended in a 1-1 tie after nine innings due to rain.

Almost exactly a year later in the second game of 1962 played at Wrigley Field Colavito came to the plate in the seventh inning with Brooks Robinson at third and Roger Maris on first with one out. He smashed a Turk Farrell pitch deep to left to give the American League a 7-1 lead in a game they won 9-4, their only All-Star game win in the 1960’s.

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