KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The first time the Major League Baseball All-Star Game was played in Kansas City, Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays were still patrolling center field, Yogi Berra was behind the plate and the Kansas City A’s were the host team as the National League beat the American League 5-3 at Municipal Stadium.
A sell-out crowd of 30,619 packed into the old stadium at 22nd and Brooklyn Avenue on July 11, 1960 to watch Chicago Cubs star Ernie Banks hit a three-run home run to lead the NL to the win. Milwaukee Braves catcher Del Crandall added a solo homer, and Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Bill Mazeroski hit an RBI single for the senior circuit.
Detroit Tigers center fielder Al Kaline hit a two-run homer in the 8th inning to make the game close, but that was it for the AL as Pirates pitcher Bob Friend picked up the win. His Pirates teammate Vern Law got the save.
Boston Red Sox right-hander Bill Monbouquette picked up the loss for the American League.
There was no MVP named for the game, which featured 15 future Hall of Famers: Willie Mays, Orlando Cepeda, Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, Ernie Banks, Bill Mazeroski, Stan Musial, Brooks Robinson, Mickey Mantle, Al Kaline, Nellie Fox, Luis Aparicio and Ted Williams – along with Hall of Fame managers Walter Alston and Al Lopez and Hall of Fame Umpire Nestor Chylak.
Chylak, who umpired both first and second base during the game, would go on to umpire home plate during the next All-Star Game in Kansas City in 1973.
Pitcher Bud Daley was the lone Kansas City A’s representative, striking out two and surrendering a walk in one inning’s work. Daley was the ace of the A’s staff in 1960, finishing with a 16-16 record.
The 1960 All-Star Game in Kansas City was the first of two played during the season. Two days later, the NL shut out the AL 6-0 at Yankee Stadium.