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Cardinals Dominate National League All-Star Lineup

June 29, 1963 - The St. Louis Cardinals, placing three-quarters of their brilliant infield on the first team, took over the New York Yankees’ traditional role as the team dominating the lineups for the major league All-Star Game. Unless one of the Bronx Bombers is pitching, there will be just one pinstriped Yankee on the field when they start the game — there will be only one in 1963 — at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium on July 9. Surprisingly, the only Yankee chosen was Joe Pepitone, a first baseman barely out of the rookie class. The last All-Star Game in which there was only one Yankee starting was in 1946, when Charlie Keller started in right field. Mickey Mantle was picked originally for center field, but he is injured, and his spot went to Albie Pearson of the Los Angeles Angels. Roger Maris, selected along with Mantle the last three years, lost out to Detroit’s Al Kaline, the top man in the American League with 226 votes. The three Cardinals named by the National League were Bill White at first base, Ken Boyer at third, and Dick Groat at shortstop.


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