Saturday, July 6, 2013

Milwaukee Brave Denis Menke recalls the greatest game ever pitched 50 years later

Denis Menke - 1963 Topps
On July 2, 1963, the 42-year-old Warren Spahn of the Milwaukee Braves squared off against the 25-year-old Juan Marichal of the San Francisco Giants in a duel for the ages. Sixteen innings later, the game ended with one of the future Hall of Famers on the mound watching the flight of a home run by another legend carry off into exile. What transpired in between those 16 innings makes this matchup one that many experts argue is the greatest game ever pitched.

Denis Menke, just a few weeks shy of his 23rd birthday, was a promising infielder for the Braves in his second season in the major leagues.

Speaking from his home in Florida, Menke shared his view of the marvelous pitching from both Marichal and Spahn, as well as the reason he was at third base instead of Mathews.


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