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Reds Snap Giants’ 7-Game Win Streak

Sept. 12, 1962 - Two home runs by Frank Robinson and one by Wally Post powered the Reds to a 4-1 victory today over the Giants in Cincinnati and snapped the Giants’ 7-game winning streak. Manager Alvin Dark of the Giants protested the game in the fifth inning because, he claimed, Reds pitcher Joey Jay was balking by not coming to a full stop during his pitching delivery. Willie Mays (pictured left in hospital) collapsed while the Giants were hitting in the third and was carried on a stretcher to the clubhouse, where he recovered consciousness. Dr. George Ballou, the Reds’ physician, said Mays had collapsed “from a combination of things — an upset stomach, nervous excitement, and fatigue.” Mays, 31, has played in every one of the Giants’ 146 games this season. He was sent to Christ Hospital in Cincinnati for observation and was later released in good condition. Mays later told a San Francisco Examiner reporter: “Next year, I ain’t gonna play no more doubleheaders. I guess I need a day or two off from time to time if I’m gonna keep playing another eight or nine years like I want to. All these games, with all this traveling, it takes something out of you, no matter how strong you think you are.”


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