1963 All-Star Game

After four years, the league had finally decided to return to the original single game format. The fans and players had both expressed mixed emotions over the previous doubleheaders and many felt that it had compromised the integrity of the All-Star exhibition.

Although the American League had prevented the National League from tying the series at 16-16 the year before, the National League began a dominance in which it won eight straight games, dropped one and then won another eleven in a row.

Surprisingly, the American League out-hit the National League 11-6, but the effort went in vain as Willie Mays put on a one-man show. Although he had only one hit, he drove in two runs and scored two. He also stole two bases and made the defensive play of the game, a running catch that deprived Joe Pepitone of extra bases in the eighth.

This game also marked the twenty-fourth and final appearance of Stan Musial, who pinch-hit in the fifth. He lined out to right, leaving behind an All-Star log of twenty hits in sixty-three at-bats for a .317 average. He also hit six home runs, an All-Star Game record.

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"A couple years ago they told me I was too young to be president and you (Stan Musial) were too old to be playing baseball. But we fooled them." - President John F. Kennedy

1963 All-Star Game

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Game Number
Date / Box Score
Municipal Stadium
Attendance ( Rank )
Starting Pitchers

1963 All-Star Game

Line Score

League 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 5 6 0
American 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 11 1
Jim O'Toole
Larry Jackson (W, 3rd)
Ray Culp (5th)
Hal Woodeshick (6th)
Don Drysdale (8th)
Ken McBride
Jim Bunning (L, 4th)
Jim Bouton (6th)
Juan Pizarro (7th)
Dick Radatz (8th)
None None

1963 All-Star Game

National League All-Star Squad

2. Hank Aaron Milwaukee Braves OF
5. Ed Bailey San Francisco Giants C
6. Ken Boyer St. Louis Cardinals 3B
Orlando Cepeda San Francisco Giants 1B Did Not Play
Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates OF
Ray Culp Philadelphia Phillies P
1. Tommy Davis Los Angeles Dodgers OF
Don Drysdale Los Angeles Dodgers P
Johnny Edwards Cincinnati Reds C
7. Dick Groat St. Louis Cardinals SS
Larry Jackson Chicago Cubs P
8. Julian Javier St. Louis Cardinals 2B Replaced Mazeroski
Sandy Koufax Los Angeles Dodgers P Did Not Pitch
Juan Marichal San Francisco Giants P Did Not Pitch
4. Willie Mays San Francisco Giants OF M.V.P.
Bill Mazeroski Pittsburgh Pirates 2B Replaced - Injury
Willie McCovey San Francisco Giants OF
Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals OF
9. Jim O'Toole Cincinnati Reds P Starting Pitcher
Ron Santo Chicago Cubs 3B
Duke Snider New York Mets OF
Warren Spahn Milwaukee Braves P Did Not Pitch
Joe Torre Milwaukee Braves C Did Not Play
3. Bill White St. Louis Cardinals 1B
Maury Wills Los Angeles Dodgers SS Did Not Play
Hal Woodeshick Houston Colt .45s P
BOLD = Manager / player / coach choice to start the game.

1963 All-Star Game

American League All-Star Squad

Bob Allison Minnesota Twins OF
Luis Aparicio Baltimore Orioles SS
Steve Barber Baltimore Orioles P Replaced - Injury
6. Earl Battey Minnesota Twins C
Jim Bouton New York Yankees P
Jim Bunning Detroit Tigers P
1. Nellie Fox Chicago White Sox 2B
Mudcat Grant Cleveland Indians P Did Not Pitch
Elston Howard New York Yankees C
3. Al Kaline Detroit Tigers OF
Harmon Killebrew Minnesota Twins OF
Don Leppert Washington Senators C Did Not Play
4. Frank Malzone Boston Red Sox 3B
Mickey Mantle New York Yankees OF Injured
9. Ken McBride Los Angeles Angels P Starting Pitcher
Bill Monbouquette Boston Red Sox P Replaced Barber
2. Albie Pearson Los Angeles Angels OF
7. Joe Pepitone New York Yankees 1B
Juan Pizarro Chicago White Sox P
Dick Radatz Boston Red Sox P
Bobby Richardson New York Yankees 2B
Brooks Robinson Baltimore Orioles 3B
Norm Siebern Kansas City Athletics 1B-OF Did Not Play
Tom Tresh New York Yankees OF
8. Zoilo Versalles Minnesota Twins SS
5. Leon Wagner Los Angeles Angels OF
Carl Yastrzemski Boston Red Sox OF

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

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Willie Mays won the first unified All-Star Most Valuable Player Award not due to his one hit, but due to his two runs driven in, two runs scores, two stolen bases, and a magnificent defensive catch in the eighth inning robbing Joe Pepitone of extra bases.

The National League would go on to win the next eight All-Star Games, lose one, then win eleven more! Are they a dominant league? Was it junior circuit bad luck? Express your opinion in our forums today.

Did you know that Harmon Killebrew tied the record for singles hit during an All-Star Game with three?

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