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Players: Strong Winds Created "Impossible" Conditions at All-Star Game

July 12, 1961 - Due to strong gales of wind at San Francisco's Candlestick Park yesterday, the 30th all-star game turned from a well-played affair into a comedy of errors before the Nationals pulled out a 5-4 victory. The American League manager, Paul Richards of Baltimore, said the winds made Candlestick the worst playing field in the majors. He called playing conditions the last couple of innings "impossible." Roger Maris (lower left) of the Yankees and Rocky Colavito (far right) of the Tigers said they'd quit if traded to the Giants and forced to play in San Francisco. Sandy Koufax, the Los Angeles Dodgers lefty who pitched to one batter, said the wind yesterday was worse than any he he had experienced.


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