A Galaxy of Baseball Old-Stars Celebrates the Glory of Summers Gone By
updated 08/02/1982 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 08/02/1982 AT 01:00 AM EDT
In the five-inning exhibition that followed, won by the American League 7-2, there was ample evidence of another kind of polarization—that between desire and dwindling ability. Still, there were moments to cherish: a staggering shoestring catch in the outfield by Henry Aaron, 48, two double plays started by nonpareil third baseman Brooks Robinson, 46, and a stunning home run by 75-year-old Luke Appling, whose last round-tripper was struck in the Truman Administration. Another Classic may be scheduled next year, and for most of the players that will be soon enough. Groaned pitcher Warren Spahn, 61: "I'm going to be a stiff s.o.b. tomorrow."