1961 All-Star Game

Despite two years of mixed reactions from the fans, the League decided to maintain the doubleheader format splitting the games between two of the most popular ballparks; Candlestick and Fenway.

Although it would turn out to be one of the most exciting and historical seasons in baseball, the fans had not yet fully accepted that baseball legend Babe Ruth's incredible sixty-homerun record was legitimately under attack by Yankee teammates, Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle. Both of the M&M boys headed up another roster full of Yankees including starting pitcher Whitey Ford.

The National League maintained a 3-1 lead into the top of the ninth only to have the American League tie the score as Candlestick's trademark winds began to kick up. In the top of the tenth the American League took a 4-3 lead, but the National League came back against the knuckleball master Hoyt Wilhelm. Hank Aaron singled, went to second on a passed ball and tied it on Willie Mays' double. Then, Wilhelm hit Frank Robinson putting runners at first and second. Pirate legend Roberto Clemente singled to right, scoring Mays with the winning run.

Unlike the first game, the second one showcased some classic pitching as the National League only managed five hits and the American League four. The American League scored right off the bat on Rocky Colavito's first-inning homer and later in the sixth, the National League matched them after Eddie Mathews walked and was batted in by Bill White. Unfortunately, this game never reached a decision as it was called after nine innings because of a downpour. It was the first, and until 2002, the only Midsummer Classic that has ever ended in a tie.

"(Roberto) Clemente could field the ball in New York and throw out a guy in Pennsylvania." - Vin Scully
1961 All-Star Game #1

1961 All-Star Game #1 Program

1961 All-Star Game #1 Official Program

The 1961 Midsummer Classic At-A-Glance

Game Number

30

Date / Box Score

Location

Attendance ( Rank )

44,115

Not Awarded Until 1962

Starting Pitcher

Managers

Coaches

Jim Vernon

1961 All Star Game #1

Line Score / Box Score

League

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E

American

0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 4 4 2

National

0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 5 11 5

Whitey Ford
Frank Lary (4 th )
Dick Donovan (4 th )
Jim Bunning (6 th )
Mike Fornieles (8 th )
Hoyt Wilhelm (L, 8 th )

Warren Spahn
Bob Purkey (4 th )
Mike McCormick (6 th )
Roy Face (9 th )
Sandy Koufax (9 th )
Stu Miller (9 th )

Harmon Killebrew (6 th )

George Altman (8 th )

1961 All-Star Game #1

American League All-Star Squad

Yogi Berra

New York Yankees

OF-C

Jackie Brandt

Baltimore Orioles

OF

Jim Bunning

Detroit Tigers

P

2.

Norm Cash

Detroit Tigers

1B

5.

Rocky Colavito

Detroit Tigers

OF

Dick Donovan

Washington Senators

P

Ryne Duren

Los Angeles Angels

P

Did Not Pitch

9.

Whitey Ford

New York Yankees

P

Starting Pitcher

Mike Fornieles

Boston Red Sox

P

Nellie Fox

Chicago White Sox

2B

Jim Gentile

Baltimore Orioles

1B

Elston Howard

New York Yankees

C

Dick Howser

Kansas City Athletics

3B

Al Kaline

Detroit Tigers

OF

Harmon Killebrew

Minnesota Twins

3B

6.

Tony Kubek

New York Yankees

SS

Frank Lary

Detroit Tigers

P

3.

Mickey Mantle

New York Yankees

OF

4.

Roger Maris

New York Yankees

OF

Jim Perry

Cleveland Indians

P

Did Not Pitch

Billy Pierce

Chicago White Sox

P

Did Not Pitch

8.

Brooks Robinson

Baltimore Orioles

3B

7.

Johnny Romano

Cleveland Indians

C

1.

Johnny Temple

Cleveland Indians

2B

Hoyt Wilhelm

Baltimore Orioles

P

BOLD = Manager / player / coach choice to start the game.

1961 All-Star Game #1

National League All-Star Squad

Hank Aaron

Milwaukee Braves

OF

George Altman

Chicago Cubs

OF

7.

Frank Bolling

Milwaukee Braves

2B

Ken Boyer

St. Louis Cardinals

3B

8.

Smoky Burgess

Pittsburgh Pirates

C

4.

Orlando Cepeda

San Francisco Giants

OF

5.

Roberto Clemente

Pittsburgh Pirates

OF

Roy Face

Pittsburgh Pirates

P

Joey Jay

Cincinnati Reds

P

Did Not Pitch

Eddie Kasko

Cincinnati Reds

SS

Did Not Play

Sandy Koufax

Los Angeles Dodgers

P

Art Mahaffey

Philadelphia Phillies

P

Did Not Pitch

2.

Eddie Mathews

Milwaukee Braves

3B

3.

Willie Mays

San Francisco Giants

OF

Mike McCormick

San Francisco Giants

P

Stu Miller

San Francisco Giants

P

Stan Musial

St. Louis Cardinals

OF

Bob Purkey

Cincinnati Reds

P

Frank Robinson

Cincinnati Reds

OF

Johnny Roseboro

Los Angeles Dodgers

C

Did Not Play

8.

Warren Spahn

Milwaukee Braves

P

Starting Pitcher

Dick Stuart

Pittsburgh Pirates

1B

6.

Bill White

St. Louis Cardinals

1B

1.

Maury Wills

Los Angeles Dodgers

SS

Don Zimmer

Chicago Cubs

2B

BOLD = Manager / player / coach choice to start the game.


1961 All-Star Game #2

1961 All-Star Game #2 Program

1961 All-Star Game #2 Official Program

The 1961 Midsummer Classic At-A-Glance

Game Number

31

Date / Box Score

Location

Attendance

31,851

Not Awarded Until 1962

Starting Pitchers

Managers

Coaches

Mike Higgins

1961 All Star Game #2

Line Score / Box Score

League

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

National

0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 1

American

1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0

Bob Purkey
Art Mahaffey (3 rd )
Sandy Koufax (5 th )
Stu Miller (7 th )

Jim Bunning
Don Schwall (4 th )
Camilo Pascual (7 th )
-

None

Rocky Colavito (1 st )

1961 All-Star Game #2

National League All-Star Squad

Hank Aaron

Milwaukee Braves

OF

George Altman

Chicago Cubs

OF

Ed Bailey

San Francisco Giants

C

Did Not Play

Ernie Banks

Chicago Cubs

SS

7.

Frank Bolling

Milwaukee Braves

2B

Ken Boyer

St. Louis Cardinals

3B

Did Not Play

8.

Smoky Burgess

Pittsburgh Pirates

C

4.

Orlando Cepeda

San Francisco Giants

OF

5.

Roberto Clemente

Pittsburgh Pirates

OF

Don Drysdale

Los Angeles Dodgers

P

Did Not Pitch

Roy Face

Pittsburgh Pirates

P

Did Not Pitch

Joey Jay

Cincinnati Reds

P

Did Not Pitch

Eddie Kasko

Cincinnati Reds

SS

Sandy Koufax

Los Angeles Dodgers

P

Art Mahaffey

Philadelphia Phillies

P

2.

Eddie Mathews

Milwaukee Braves

3B

3.

Willie Mays

San Francisco Giants

OF

Mike McCormick

San Francisco Giants

P

Did Not Pitch

Stu Miller

San Francisco Giants

P

Stan Musial

St. Louis Cardinals

OF

9.

Bob Purkey

Cincinnati Reds

P

Starting Pitcher

Frank Robinson

Cincinnati Reds

OF

Did Not Play

Johnny Roseboro

Los Angeles Dodgers

C

Warren Spahn

Milwaukee Braves

P

Did Not Pitch

Dick Stuart

Pittsburgh Pirates

1B

6.

Bill White

St. Louis Cardinals

1B

1.

Maury Wills

Los Angeles Dodgers

SS

Don Zimmer

Chicago Cubs

2B

BOLD = Manager / player / coach choice to start the game.

1961 All-Star Game #2

American League All-Star Squad

6.

Luis Aparicio

Chicago White Sox

SS

Luis Arroyo

New York Yankees

P

Did Not Pitch

Yogi Berra

New York Yankees

OF-C

Did Not Play

Jackie Brandt

Baltimore Orioles

OF

Did Not Play

9.

Jim Bunning

Detroit Tigers

P

Starting Pitcher

1.

Norm Cash

Detroit Tigers

1B

2.

Rocky Colavito

Detroit Tigers

OF

Dick Donovan

Washington Senators

P

Did Not Pitch

Whitey Ford

New York Yankees

P

Did Not Pitch

Nellie Fox

Chicago White Sox

2B

Did Not Play

Tito Francona

Cleveland Indians

OF-1B

Did Not Play

Jim Gentile

Baltimore Orioles

1B

Did Not Play

Elston Howard

New York Yankees

C

Dick Howser

Kansas City Athletics

3B

Did Not Play

3.

Al Kaline

Detroit Tigers

OF

Harmon Killebrew

Minnesota Twins

3B

Did Not Play

Tony Kubek

New York Yankees

SS

Did Not Play

Barry Latman

Cleveland Indians

P

Did Not Pitch

4.

Mickey Mantle

New York Yankees

OF

Roger Maris

New York Yankees

OF

Ken McBride

Los Angeles Angels

P

Did Not Pitch

Camilo Pascual

Minnesota Twins

P

8.

Brooks Robinson

Baltimore Orioles

3B

5.

Johnny Romano

Cleveland Indians

C

Don Schwall

Boston Red Sox

P

Roy Sievers

Chicago White Sox

1B

Bill Skowron

New York Yankees

1B

Did Not Play

7.

Johnny Temple

Cleveland Indians

2B

Hoyt Wilhelm

Baltimore Orioles

P

Did Not Pitch

BOLD = Manager / player / coach choice to start the game.



During the tenth inning of Game #1, the American League took the lead when Ken Boyer made a throwing error which allowed Nellie Fox to score all the way from first base. In the bottom of the tenth inning, the National League came back on an "All-Star" rally: Hank Aaron singled, Willie Mays doubled, and Roberto Clemente singled and brought home both game winning runs!

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