Tell Billy O’Dell it has been 60 years since he won acclaim at the first All-Star Game played in Baltimore, and you can almost hear him scratch his head.
“Has it been that long?” O’Dell, 85, said from his farm in Newberry, S.C. “I remember it like yesterday.”
No wonder. That afternoon, the Orioles’ little left-hander mowed down nine straight National Leaguers, including five future Hall of Famers, in relief to save a 4-3 victory for the American League.
Who did he retire? Johnny Logan, Willie Mays and Lee Walls; Stan Musial, Hank Aaron and Ernie Banks; Frank Thomas, Bill Mazeroski and Del Crandall. In three innings, O’Dell threw just 27 pitches. Two balls escaped the...