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Drysdale and Chance to Start All-Star Game

July 6, 1964 - Two right-handers from Los Angeles — Don Drysdale and Dean Chance — will be the starting pitchers when the elite of baseball meet at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Shea Stadium for the major leagues’ 35th All-Star Game.

Warm, sunny weather with a temperature near 90 is forecaster. The other forecaster, the bookmaker, lists the National League as 13-10 favorite to win and get even for the first time in the rivalry, which began with the American League sweeping the first three games, beginning in 1933.

The N.L. is on the ascendancy now, having won six of the last seven decisions, not including a tie in Boston in one of the 1961 contests. The overall series stands at 17-16-1 in favor of the A.L.

A.L. manager Al Lopez flew into New York today with the unexpected announcement that his starting pitcher would be Chance, the 23-year-old ace of the Los Angeles Angels’ staff, who will making his first All-Star appearance.

Chance has a record of 5-5 and an ERA of 2.19. He was knocked out of the box in 1⅔ innings Sunday by the Red Sox.

His choice was dictated by the fact that three other American Leaguers, Whitey Ford, Juan Pizarro, and Jack Kralick, pitched even longer on Sunday, while Camilo Pascual and Gary Peters worked Saturday.

“I didn’t have too much choice either,” said the National League’s manager, Walter Alston of the Dodgers, as he selected Drysdale from his own staff.

Four of the Nationals’ pitchers — Sandy Koufax, Dick Ellsworth, Juan Marichal, and Dick Farrell — pitched Sunday, while Jim Bunning went 10 innings Saturday.

This left Drysdale, the 27-year-old pitcher with five All-Star games behind him, and Chris Short of the Philadelphia Phillies. And it left both managers with the recommendation that more pitchers be allotted to both squads in the future to give them a wider choice as the major leagues turn to the last half of the season.

As to who would follow Chance, Lopez said, “I don’t have the faintest idea.” It was considered likely that he would use Pascual or Peters, with Dick Radatz of Boston and John Wyatt of Kansas City for short relief calls.

Alston said his second choice would be “whoever is the most rested,” probably Short, though his arm troubled him last week, or Bunning, who pitched a perfect game against the Mets at Shea Stadium on June 21.

The line-ups will not include two players who were selected but who were injured. Al Kaline of Detroit will be replaced by Rocky Colavito of Kansas City and Luis Aparicio of Baltimore by Ed Bressoud of Boston.

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