The MLB All-Star Game has been played at Wrigley Field three times — in 1947, 1962 and 1990. The 1962 game was the second of two played that year, as MLB and its players had agreed to double-up on ASG’s from 1959-62 to have extra contributions to the players’ pension fund.
I’ve written about this game here previously and BCB reader ernaga wrote this FanPost here in 2010 on his luck in scoring a seat in the center-field bleachers, which had been closed for a decade as a hitters’ background. No one has sat in that area since that day, July 30, 1962.
I’m writing about this game from 58 years ago again today because former major leaguer Mike Stenhouse made this Facebook post about video that has recently been found from that game. His dad, Dave Stenhouse, was the American League starting pitcher that afternoon:
FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER ONLINE .. video of my dad ‘s historic Major League All Star Game appearance in 1962, when he became the first rookie-pitcher EVER to start an MLB all star classic. As the A.L. starter, he faced N.L. greats such as Roberto Clemente, Willie Mays, Orlando Cepeda, and Tommy Davis.
Dave Stenhouse, who originally signed with the Cubs in 1955 out of the University of Rhode Island, was selected by the Reds from the Cubs in the minor league draft three years later and then traded to the Washington Senators in 1961. He pitched just three years in the big leagues, all for the Senators, and his 1962 record was good enough to get him an All-Star nod.
One thing you’ll notice right away in the video is how much larger foul territory was at Wrigley Field in 1962 — seating added over the years has reduced that area to maybe half of what it was back then. The wall behind the plate is also much higher than it is now, again because seats were added in front of the ones that existed in 1962.
Enjoy this 21-minute video of action from Wrigley Field in 1962, which includes player introductions and action from the first two innings of the game. Two of the voices you hear belong to Curt Gowdy and Vin Scully. You can also clearly hear the voice of Wrigley PA announcer Pat Pieper. The commercials are also a great time capsule of TV in that era.
The only Cubs on the roster for this game were Ernie Banks and Billy Williams. Both did play in the game, but neither was in the game by the end of the second inning.
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FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER ONLINE .. video of my dad 's historic Major League All Star Game appearance in 1962, when he became the first rookie-pitcher EVER to start an MLB all star classic. As the A.L. starter, he faced N.L. greats such as Roberto Clemente, Willie Mays, Orlando Cepeda, and Tommy Davis. The N.L. team was so good that Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson, and Stan Musial were on the bench. Our family acquired this ancient television video just last month ... after a lifelong search! Way to go big-STEN!Posted by Mike Stenhouse on Saturday, October 3, 2020
Here’s the cover of the 1962 All-Star Game program from Wrigley Field.