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President Kennedy Watches the National League Win the First All-Star Game of 1962

July 10, 1962 - The National League spiked the big guns of the American League today, turned on a bit of blinding speed on its own behalf, and won the first of 1962’s two All-Star Games. The score was 3-1. A crowd of 45,480 that included President Kennedy and Vice President Johnson saw the action in Washington’s new $24 million District of Columbia Stadium. The spotlight today belonged to the Dodgers’ Maury Wills. Entering the lineup in the sixth inning to pinch-run for Stan Musial, he stole second then scored the first run of the game off a Dick Groat single. In the eighth, Wills reached base by a single. He rounded second on a short single hit by Jim Davenport to left field, reached third base safely, and scored on a foul-out to right field moments later. This performance earned him the first All-Star Most Valuable Player Award. Roberto Clemente was also a key contributor with three hits in the game.


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