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Mays put end to 16-inning, Hall of Fame duel
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

July 2, 1963

It's a classic duel of future Hall of Famers, with the Giants' Juan Marichal and the Braves' Warren Spahn matching zeroes for 15 innings at Candlestick Park. But in the bottom of the 16th, another future Hall of Famer decides the game.

Willie Mays is 0-for-5 when he homers over the left-field fence to give San Francisco a 1-0 victory over Milwaukee. "It was a screwball," says Spahn, "but it didn't break worth a damn."

Spahn allows nine hits, walks one (Mays intentionally in the 14th) and strikes out two (including Mays once) in 15 1/3 innings. Marichal, in winning his ninth straight, gives up eight hits, walks four and fans 11. He says he's "very sore ... my back ... oh, she hurts."

Besides the homer, Mays also makes a brilliant defensive play. With two outs and runners on first and second in the fourth inning, Del Crandall singles to center, but Mays quickly charges the ball and uncorks a strike to the plate to get Norm Larker.

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