For Phillies fans in the ill-fated 1964 season, it was easy to believe New York's new Shea Stadium was a magical place. On June 21, 1964, Phils ace Jim Bunning pitched the first perfect game by a National League hurler since 1880. And 16 days later, on July 7, rightfielder Johnny Callison nailed a two-out, ninth-inning three-run home run in the All-Star Game against Red Sox super-closer Dick "The Monster" Raditz. It remains the only walk-off homer in All-Star Game history.
But, as the Daily News' Stan Hochman wrote, it wasn't Callison's style to boast.
"One of these days, Johnny Callison is going to start believing in himself, and he's liable to terrorize the National League," opined Hochman.