July 10, 1962 National League 3, American League 1 D.C. Stadium in Washington, D.C.
Speed killed the the American League in the first of the 1962 All-Star Games. The Dodgers’ Maury Wills, who would go on to steal 104 bases during the 1962 season, pinch-ran for the Cardinals’ Stan Musial in the sixth inning of a scoreless game. It was a smart decision by manager Fred Hutchinson of the Reds. Wills promptly stole second and came around to score on a single by the Cardinals’ Dick Groat single. Groat later scored on a single by the Giants’ Orlando Cepeda. The American League had cut it to 2-1 in the eighth inning. But Wills led off with a single and went to third on a single to left by the Giants’ Jim Davenport. Wills came in to score on a foul out to right field by the Giants’ Felipe Alou. Wills was the game’s MVP. Yet another Giant, Juan Marichal, got the victory and Milwaukee’s Bob Shaw, who played briefly for the Kansas City A’s, picked up the save. Camilo Pascual of the Twins took the loss. In a bit of sad irony, President John F. Kennedy threw out the first pitch at D.C. Stadium, which was later renamed RFK Stadium in honor of his slain brother Robert F. Kennedy.
July 30, 1962 American League 9, National League 4 Wrigley Field in Chicago
The American League used the longball to get the victory. The Cardinals’ Dick Groat singled home Dodgers pitcher Johnny Podres to give the National League a 1-0 lead in the second inning. But that was wiped out by Boston’s Pete Runnels, who hit a’ solo shot in the top of the third. An inning later, Leon Wagner of the Angels hit a two-run shot that made it 3-1 for the American League. It was a 4-1 game in the seventh inning when the Tigers’ Rocky Colavito blasted a three-run homer and broke the game open. Wagner was the game’s MVP, while former the White Sox’s Ray Herbert, a former Kansas City A’s player, got the victory. Milt Pappas picked up the save, while Baltimore’s Milt Pappas got the save. Art Mahaffey of the Phillies took the loss in what was the second of two All-Star Games.