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.