1972 Hall of Fame Game

Part of the HALL OF FAME GAME series

New York Yankees’ second baseman Bernie Allen hit three home runs and had six RBI to lead his team past the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-3 in the annual Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 7, 1972, at Doubleday Field.

The Dodgers struck first in the top of the first inning when first baseman Wes Parker singled to score second baseman Lee Lacy, who had singled earlier in the inning.

Los Angeles took a 3-0 lead in the top of the third after center fielder Willie Davis hit a two-run home run.

Meanwhile, Dodgers starter Doug Rau – who had been brought up from Triple-A to pitch the game – threw a no-hitter for three innings but struggled in the bottom of the fourth when the Yankees rallied for five runs to take the lead for good.

Allen and teammate Bobby Murcer both hit home runs in the fourth. Murcer’s was a two-run shot to right-center field, and after Ron Blomberg walked and John Ellis singled, Allen hit his first home run of the day over the right field fence.

The Yankees tacked on two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on Allen’s second blast of the day, and another in the bottom of the eighth when Allen hit a solo shot.

Rau was tagged with the loss for Los Angeles after allowing five runs on three hits. Mike Strahler replaced him in the fifth inning and gave up three runs on three hits.

New York starter Wade Blasingame earned the win, pitching five innings of three-run ball while striking out two and walking one.

The win gave the American League a 17-12 advantage in the yearly Hall of Fame Games.

Part of the HALL OF FAME GAME series