Mays led sweep in '60 All-Star 'doubleheader'

Mays led sweep in '60 All-Star 'doubleheader'

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

Willie Mays went 6-for-8 and had one of the six homers hit by National League players in 1960 as the NL swept the All-Star "doubleheader" by scores of 5-3 and 6-0.

Pittsburgh right-hander Vern Law closed out the first win on July 11 at Municipal Stadium in Kansas City and started the shutout two days later at Yankee Stadium in New York, allowing one hit over two innings.

In the second game, six NL pitchers blanked the American League despite allowing eight hits and six walks.

Mays went 3-for-4 in both games. Chicago Cubs shortstop Ernie Banks was 3-for-7 in the doubleheader with a home run and two RBIs. Milwaukee Braves first baseman Joe Adcock was 2-for-5 in the two games.

Mays, Banks, Milwaukee catcher Del Crandall and third baseman Eddie Mathews, and Cardinals pinch-hitter Stan Musial and third baseman Ken Boyer all homered for the NL. Musial's homer in the seventh inning of the second game was his still-standing record sixth homer in All-Star Games.

San Diego native Ted Williams was 1-for-2 as a pinch-hitter in both games in his final All-Star Game appearances. Williams had a career .304 batting average in All-Star Games with four homers, 10 RBIs and 12 runs scored.

The NL took a quick 3-0 lead in the first game off AL starter Bill Monbouquette of the Red Sox. Mays led off with a triple and the Giants center fielder scored on a single by San Diegan Bob Skinner. The Pirates' left fielder stole second and scored on Banks' two-out homer.

Crandall homered off Monbouquette in the second. Banks doubled to left with two out in the third off Chuck Estrada of the Orioles and came home on singles by Adcock and second baseman Bill Mazerowski of the Pirates.

After being held scoreless on one hit over three innings by the Pirates' Bob Friend, the AL got on the board in the sixth on an RBI single by Chicago White Sox second baseman Nellie Fox off San Francisco's Mike McCormick. Detroit center fielder Al Kaline hit a two-run homer off Milwaukee's Bob Buhl in the eighth to cut the NL lead to 5-3.

When Buhl allowed a single and a walk in the ninth to put the tying runs on, NL manager Walt Alston turned to Law, who was scheduled to start the second All-Star Game two days later. Law retired both hitters he faced to preserve the win.

Law picked up the win in the second game when the NL scored three runs on five hits in three innings off Yankees starter Whitey Ford.

After working out of a jam in the first, Ford allowed a single to Adcock leading off the second which was immediately followed by a two-run homer by Braves teammate Mathews. Mays homered off Ford to open the third.

All six National League runs in the second game came off homers.

Musial's solo shot in the seventh came off Gerry Staley of the White Sox. Boyer hit a two-run shot off former Padres Minor Leaguer Gary Bell of the Indians in the top of the ninth.

Johnny Podres and Stan Williams of the Dodgers followed Law with two scoreless innings apiece. Larry Jackson of the Cardinals, Bill Henry of the Reds and Lindy McDaniel of the Cardinals each followed with a scoreless inning.

The AL scored only one earned run on 14 hits over 18 innings against 10 NL pitchers. Kaline was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and the two-run homer in the two games. Orioles shortstop Ron Hansen was 3-for-6 in the two games. Yankees first baseman Bill Skowron and Fox were the only other American Leaguers with two hits in the two games.