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Looking back at Minnesota's action-packed, Hall of Famer-filled 1965 All-Star Game

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The 2014 MLB All-Star Game is being held at Target Field for the first time, but Minnesota has actually hosted the All-Star Game twice before: once in 1985 at the Metrodome and once in 1965 at Metropolitan Stadium.

Let's take a look at that 1965 All-Star matchup, an epic 6-5 game featuring five home runs and a total of 16 Hall of Famers (plus Pete Rose). 

In case you're having trouble fully grasping how ridiculous this exhibition was, Giants center fielder Willie Mays led off the game with a home run to deep left field. American League outfielder Vic Davalillo thought he could track it down and make a Mays-esque play on it, but the ball was just too well hit:

Four batters later, catcher Joe Torre launched a two-run shot down the left-field line, giving the NL a 3-0 lead.

Then, in the second inning, NL outfielder Willie Stargell took AL pitcher Mudcat Grant deep to right center, scoring two more runs and increasing the National League lead to 5-0:

Interestingly, for the first time in All-Star Game history, the American League team didn't have a single Yankee in the starting lineup. That fact led many to doubt their chances in the exhibition matchup, including the New York Times, who referred to the starting nine as "one of the weakest ever to take the field for the American League."

However, that characterization is not entirely fair: the AL boasted three Hall of Famers of their own in Brooks Robinson, Harmon Killebrew and Al Kaline, and they were supplemented by very solid players like Rocky Colavito and Willie Horton. To assume the NL could waltz through the AL without incident was a mistake.

And, sure enough, the fourth inning saw the AL start their charge back into the game. Tigers shortstop Dick McAuliffe led the inning off with a single to right-center. Then, following a walk to Killebrew, Colavito brought McAuliffe home on a single -- reducing the gap to 5-1.

But in the fifth, the AL got even hotter. With two outs, Twins outfielder Jimmie Hall drew a walk off Reds pitcher Jim Maloney. That set the table for McAuliffe, who mashed a two-run homer deep to center field:

Robinson followed McAuliffe's clutch homer with an equally clutch single. That brought the Twins' legendary Killebrew to the plate representing the tying run. He gave the hometown crowd something to cheer for:

That monster home run tied the game at 5-5. Let's watch it one more time -- take note of the awesome bat drop:


The game stayed tied until the seventh inning, when the NL finally went up for good. Willie Mays and Hank Aaron led off the inning with a walk and a single, and Cubs third baseman Ron Santo (like we said -- this team was stacked) brought Mays home.

Sandy Koufax would get the win as the National League prevailed 6-5 -- giving the NL the all-time series lead at 18-17 with one tie. Not that it really mattered to them:

"The victorious National Leaguers kidded one another and didn't seem to pay much attention to the implications of moving ahead in the interleague series for the first time. They have always considered themselves superior and don't need All-Star triumphs to bolster the feeling."

It was the National League's third win in a row, which prompted a bit of gentle ribbing from the press corps: