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

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


Starting lineups

National League American League
Order Player Team Position Order Player Team Position
1 Dick Groat Pirates SS 1 Rich Rollins Twins 3B
2 Roberto Clemente Pirates RF 2 Billy Moran Angels 2B
3 Willie Mays Giants CF 3 Roger Maris Yankees CF
4 Orlando Cepeda Giants 1B 4 Mickey Mantle Yankees RF
5 Tommy Davis Dodgers LF 5 Jim Gentile Orioles 1B
6 Ken Boyer Cardinals 3B 6 Leon Wagner Angels LF
7 Del Crandall Braves C 7 Earl Battey Twins C
8 Bill Mazeroski Pirates 2B 8 Luis Aparicio White Sox SS
9 Don Drysdale Dodgers P 9 Jim Bunning Tigers P


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)


  1. ^ a b c d e f 1962 All-Star Game
  2. ^ All-Star MVP awaits your vote | MLB.com: News
  3. ^ All-Star Game Recaps | MLB.com: History

External links

  • 1962 All-Star Game on Baseball Almanac
  • 1962 All-Star Game on Baseball-Reference.com