1962 Major League Baseball All-Star Game (first game)

1962 Major League Baseball All-Star Game (first game)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National League 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 3 8 0
American League 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 0
Date July 10, 1962
Venue D.C. Stadium
City Washington, D.C.
MVP Maury Wills[1] (LAD)
Attendance 45,480[1]
First pitch President John F. Kennedy
Television NBC
TV announcers Mel Allen and Joe Garagiola
Radio NBC
Radio announcers Lindsey Nelson and John MacLean

The first 1962 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 32nd playing of Major League Baseball's annual midsummer exhibition game between the American League and National League. President John F. Kennedy was the second president to attend the event and threw out the first pitch.[1] A highlight of the game was the first presentation of the Arch Ward Trophy. It was first presented in 1962 as a tribute to the man who helped found the All-Star Game in 1933. That first presentation went to Leon Wagner of the Los Angeles Angels (second game MVP) and to Maury Wills of the Los Angeles Dodgers (first game MVP), because two Midsummer Classics were played.[2]

The spotlight on this game belonged to Maury Wills. Entering the lineup in the sixth inning to pinch-run for Stan Musial, he stole second then scored the first run of the game off a Dick Groat single.[1] In the eighth inning, Wills reached base by a single. He rounded second on a short single hit by Jim Davenport to left field. Wills reached third base safely and scored on a foul to right field moments later. This performance earned him the first All-Star Most Valuable Player Award.[1] Roberto Clemente was a key contributor with three hits in the game.[3]


New York Yankees manager Ralph Houk's coaching staff included Billy Hitchcock of the Baltimore Orioles and Jim "Mickey" Vernon of the Washington Senators, while Cincinnati Reds manager Fred Hutchinson's staff included Casey Stengel of the New York Mets and Johnny Keane of the St. Louis Cardinals.[1]

President John F. Kennedy throwing out the first pitch at the 1962 All-Star game.

Players in italics have since been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

National League

PositionPlayerTeamAll-Star Games
PDon DrysdaleDodgers4
CDel CrandallBraves10
1BOrlando CepedaGiants7
2BBill MazeroskiPirates6
3BKen BoyerCardinals8
SSDick GroatPirates5
OFRoberto ClementePirates5
OFTommy DavisDodgers1
OFWillie MaysGiants12
PositionPlayerTeamAll-Star Games
PTurk FarrellColt .45s2
PBob GibsonCardinals1
PSandy KoufaxDodgers3
PJuan MarichalGiants1
PBob PurkeyReds4
PBob ShawBraves1
PWarren Spahn[upper-alpha 1]Braves15
PositionPlayerTeamAll-Star Games
CJohn RoseboroDodgers4
1BErnie BanksCubs10
2BFrank BollingBraves3
3BJim DavenportGiants1
SSMaury WillsDodgers3
OFHank Aaron[upper-alpha 2]Braves11
OFFelipe AlouGiants1
OFRichie AshburnMets5
OFJohnny CallisonPhillies1
OFStan MusialCardinals22

American League

PositionPlayerTeamAll-Star Games
PJim BunningTigers5
CEarl BatteyTwins1
1BJim GentileOrioles5
2BBilly MoranAngels1
3BRich RollinsTwins1
SSLuis AparicioWhite Sox7
OFMickey MantleYankees14
OFRoger MarisYankees6
OFLeon WagnerAngels1
PositionPlayerTeamAll-Star Games
PHank AguirreTigers1
PDick DonovanIndians4
PBill MonbouquetteRed Sox3
PMilt Pappas[upper-alpha 1]Orioles1
PCamilo PascualTwins5
PDave StenhouseSenators1
PRalph TerryYankees1
PHoyt Wilhelm[upper-alpha 2]Orioles8
PositionPlayerTeamAll-Star Games
CElston HowardYankees8
CJohnny RomanoIndians3
1BNorm SiebernAthletics1
2BBobby RichardsonYankees3
3BBrooks RobinsonOrioles5
SSTom TreshYankees1
OFRocky ColavitoTigers5
OFJim LandisWhite Sox1
OFLee ThomasAngels1

  1. 1 2 Replacement for injured player
  2. 1 2 Replaced due to injury


Starting lineups

National LeagueAmerican League
1Dick GroatPiratesSS1Rich RollinsTwins3B
2Roberto ClementePiratesRF2Billy MoranAngels2B
3Willie MaysGiantsCF3Roger MarisYankeesCF
4Orlando CepedaGiants1B4Mickey MantleYankeesRF
5Tommy DavisDodgersLF5Jim GentileOrioles1B
6Ken BoyerCardinals3B6Leon WagnerAngelsLF
7Del CrandallBravesC7Earl BatteyTwinsC
8Bill MazeroskiPirates2B8Luis AparicioWhite SoxSS
9Don DrysdaleDodgersP9Jim BunningTigersP


Position Umpire
Home Plate Eddie Hurley
First Base Augie Donatelli
Second Base Bob Stewart
Third Base Tony Venzon
Left Field Mel Steiner
Right Field Harry Schwarts

Game Summary

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 3 8 0
American 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 0
WP: Juan Marichal (1-0)   LP: Camilo Pascual (0-1)


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