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Casey Stengel

Recollections of a 'Midsummer Classic' 50 years later

Recollections of a 'Midsummer Classic' 50 years later

It's Major League All-Star Week, so I thought I would take the opportunity to reminisce about the only All-Star Game I personally attended. It occurred 50 years ago this week on July 10, 1962, at what was then known as D.C. Stadium in Washington.

These games have been called the Midsummer Classic, and the one I was fortunate to see turned out to be just that and more.

Since the previous summer, I had been watching the construction of Washington's new stadium with my Uncle Glenn, who was a lifelong Washingtonian and long-suffering Senators fan. The original Senators had decamped to Minnesota to become the Twins at the end of the 1960 season and were replaced the...