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.

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"(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.

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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!

Did you know that Game #2 of the 1961 Midsummer Classic was the first — and until the 2002 All-Star Game — the only All-Star Game which ended in a tied score?

Was the two game format a good idea? Would a modern day dual-game format succeed? Who might have won Game #2 had there not been a rain delay? Sound off on our baseball message boards .

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