Baseball fans, welcome to Big League Stew's Most Memorable Memory Tournament: All-Star Edition. Between now and the July 15th All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium, we'll be pitting the best All-Star moments against each other in an attempt to let you decide the best highlight since the game's inception at old Comiskey Park in 1933.
But before we can unveil our decade- and era-spanning 32-moment brackets, there are four play-in spots to be decided. Here's the third. Cast your vote below.
Ban Johnson Region Play-In8. Madlock whoops the Goose, meets Henry Kissinger
When: July 15, 1975
Where: County Stadium, Milwaukee
What happened?: Less than three months after the fall of Saigon and the completion of the U.S. evacuation of Vietnam, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger probably felt entitled to a check out a ballgame. He picked a great one, too — both athletically and politically — as two opposing members of vicious longtime enemies decided the outcome.
The Cubs' Bill Madlock — on his way to a batting title in '75 — broke up a 3-3 tie in the ninth with a two-run single against young White Sox closer and future Hall-of-Famer Goose Gossage. After being on the ropes in Henry Aaron's first home ballpark — Hammerin' Hank played for the AL squad in his 25th and final All-Star appearance, the NL won its fourth straight and for the 17th time in 21 games.
-- Vs. --9. Don Drysdale starts two All-Star Games — in the same season.
When: Aug. 3, 1959
Where: Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles
What happened?: At a time when a double feature at a drive-in movie theater was as American as liking Ike, the baseball powers decided to double up the All-Star Game fun by adding a second contest. With 60 percent of the profits of the second game going to the players pension fund — somewhere, Marvin Miller was shaking his head — Don Drysdale let 'er rip against Pete Runnels and All-Star history was made in L.A. Three weeks earlier, Drysdale had started Game 1 at Pittsburgh, which the NL won. The AL took the nightcap, 5-3, and the leagues would play two for three more seasons.
So what's the more memorable All-Star memory? (Polling closes around noon on Monday CT)
- Bill Madlock
- Henry Kissinger