Today in All-Star history: Three extra-inning games, including a Stan Musial walk-off home run
Guess what? The MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard is today! In preparation, we're taking a look back into All-Star Game history and showcasing some epic and memorable plays from Midsummer Classics of yore.
Expos, Expos, Expos
The National League won the '94 Midsummer Classic in extra innings, thanks to an impressive offensive showing by the league-best Montreal Expos. Despite not having anyone in the game's starting lineup, the Expos contributed mightily down the stretch as Marquis Grissom homered off Randy Johnson and, later, Moises Alou won it for the NL with a walk-off double in the bottom of the 10th inning.
It was late legend Tony Gwynn who came around to score from first, sliding under Pudge Rodriguez's tag for the win.
Maury Wills: All-Star Game hero?
The '66 contest also went into extras. Brooks Robinson tripled off Sandy Koufax in the second and came in to score on a wild pitch. Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente and Ron Santo all singled for the NL to tie the game, 1-1, in the fourth. That's how it would stay until the bottom of the 10th, when Maury Wills singled to bring Tim McCarver around to score.
Stan the Man walks off the NL
The 1955 All-Star Game was all tied up when Cardinals legend Stan Musial stepped up to the plate to start the bottom of the 12th inning. Musial promptly homered into the right-field seats.
It was Musial's 12th ASG appearance and his fourth homer in those 12 games, breaking an MLB record previously held by Ted Williams. (Musial would go on to homer in two later All-Star Games before retiring in 1963.)
A version of this post was originally published on July 12, 2015.