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

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]

1962 Major League Baseball All-Star Game (first game)
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DateJuly 10, 1962
VenueD.C. Stadium
CityWashington, D.C.
MVPMaury Wills[1] (LAD)
Ceremonial first pitchPresident John F. Kennedy
TV announcersMel Allen and Joe Garagiola
Radio announcersLindsey Nelson and John MacLean

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 out 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. Replacement for injured player
  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


Home PlateEddie Hurley (AL)
First BaseAugie Donatelli (NL)
Second BaseBob Stewart (AL)
Third BaseTony Venzon (NL)
Left FieldHarry Schwarts (AL)
Right FieldMel Steiner (NL)

Game Summary

Tuesday, July 10, 1962 1:00 pm (ET) at District of Columbia Stadium in Washington, D.C.
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WP: Juan Marichal (1-0)   LP: Camilo Pascual (0-1)


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