The first game dreamed among Latinos in the majors became a reality thanks to the initiative of Latino entrepreneurs that, like fans, dreamed of a game of this magnitude. The day chosen for this historic game was Saturday, October 12, 1963, “Columbus Day,” being the scene of the late Polo Grounds in New York City. A stadium that was opened in the late 19th century and was home to the New York Giants until 1957, the Yankees from 1913 to 1922 and the Mets from 1962 to 1963. The stadium was located on St. Nicholas Place and 155th Street, where today skyscrapers lie, just a few miles from Yankee Stadium and across the East River towards the Bronx.
The Latino stars of the National League defeated the Latino stars of the American League by a score of 5 to 2. On that same day, the Hall of Fame established Latin American players with those first inducted being: Adolfo Luque, Hiram Bithorn, Pancho Coimbre and Pedro ‘Perucho’ Cepeda, the father of Peruchin Cepeda.
Moreover, the airline, Trans Caribbean, awarded the Puerto Rican Victor Pellot Power with a beautiful trophy in recognition of the excellent job he had done during the regular season with the Minnesota Twins. During his time, Victor Pellot was the best model first baseman. Even today he is considered the best Latin American, garnering seven Gold Gloves, an honor that he earned seven times in a row between 1958 and 1964.
A total of 14,235 fans attended the game to see the cream of the crop of Latin America players in the dreamed All-Star Game. Panamanian Hector Lopez was the leader of the American League All-Stars and Roberto Clemente was the pilot of the National League All-Stars. Great enthusiasm was shown in the game, where the Dominican Juan Marichal, the ace of the Giants who won 25 games that season, and the relief of santomeño Al McBean, combined to put up eight zeros against the American League All-Stars before Mets pitcher, Cuban Eduardo Bauta, had difficulties in the ninth inning, allowing two hits, giving up a walk and a wild pitch, which allowed the American League All-Stars to score their two runs.
Marichal threw the first four innings, allowing no runs on just two hits while striking out six. In McBean’s four innings he allowed three hits and struck out four and was credited the victory because, despite being an All-Star Game, the game was played with the rules of a regular season game, so Marichal had nothing to do with the decision although he threw his four innings almost to perfection. While the Cuban Pedro Ramos from the Twins was pulled by the American League All-Stars and was defeated, he did a good job in striking out eight batters.
After the game it became a Latin party, Tito Puente arrived and let loose on a drum that made all of the players and those who were present dance. Then Tito Rodriguez came to the stage with his unmistakable voice singing Bethlehem Boys, Listen My Guapachá and The Monkey and Giraffe to say goodbye to his mambo Figaro Fígaro.
Everyone enjoyed a great time and enjoyed the big party when another model Latin musician, La Lupe, appeared to put more flavor in the moment. The Yiyiyi sang her hit “A Little Kiss for You,” driving anyone who showed up to the historic game crazy. The players described that they played for the love of the game, but nevertheless received compensation. “They paid us $175 to play that afternoon, the organizer gave a package of bills to his assistant and put us straight. Clemente, Victor Pellot and I collected ours, then we went to the back of the line and got paid again, they never realized that mistake,” Orlando Cepeda said.
These were players who participated in the historic game.
|1||Luis Aparicio||Venezuela||Baltimore Orioles||SS|
|2||José Azcúe||Cuba||Cleveland Indians||C|
|3||Julio Bécquer||Cuba||Minnesota Twins||1B|
|4||Víctor Davalillo||Venezuela||Cleveland Indians||OF|
|5||Mike de la Hoz||Cuba||Cleveland Indians||IF|
|6||Héctor López||Panama||New York Yankees||OF|
|7||Félix Mantilla||Puerto Rico||Boston Red Sox||IF|
|8||Román Mejías||Dominican Republic||Boston Red Sox||OF|
|9||Orestes Miñoso||Cuba||Washington Senators||OF|
|10||Aurelio Monteagudo||Cuba||Kansas City Athletics||P|
|11||Tony Oliva||Cuba||Minnesota Twins||OF|
|12||Víctor Power||Puerto Rico||Minnesota Twins||1B|
|13||Pedro Ramos||Cuba||Cleveland Indians||P|
|14||Diego Seguí||Cuba||Kansas City Athletics||P|
|15||Félix Torres||Puerto Rico||Los Angeles Angels||OF|
|16||Zoilo Versalles||Cuba||Minnesota Twins||SS|
|1||Felipe Alou||Dominican Republic||San Francisco Giants||OF|
|2||Rubén Amaro||Mexico||Philadelphia Phillies||SS|
|3||Facundo Barragán||USA/Cuba||Chicago Cubs||C|
|4||Eduardo Bauta||Cuba||New York Mets||P|
|5||Leo Cárdenas||Cuba||Cincinatti Reds||SS|
|6||Orlando Cepeda||Puerto Rico||San Francisco Giants||1B|
|7||Roberto Clemente||Puerto Rico||Pittsburgh Pirates||OF|
|8||Chico Fernández||Cuba||New York Mets||SS|
|9||Tony González||Cuba||Philadelphia Phillies||OF|
|10||Julián Javier||Dominican Republic||St. Louis Cardinals||2B|
|11||Juan Marichal||Dominican Republic||San Francisco Giants||P|
|12||Manuel Mota||Dominican Republic||Pittsburgh Pirates||OF|
|13||Cookie Rojas||Cuba||Philadelphia Phillies||2B|
|14||Tony Taylor||Cuba||Philadelphia Phillies||2B|
|15||Joe Christopher||Virgin Islands||New York Mets||OF|
|16||Al McBean||Virgin Islands||Philadelphia Phillies||P|
|17||Joe Pignatano||Italy/USA||New York Mets||C|
The annotation for game tickets.
|6||Orestes Miñoso (Digitizing by Lopez in the 6th.)||LF||2||0||0||0|
|9||Joe Pignatano (It failed with foul by McBean in the 8th.)||P||1||0||0||0|
|12||Chico Fernández (It failed with foul by Javier on the 6th.)||3B||2||0||0||0|
|15||Manny Mota (Single by Marichal in 4th.)||RF||2||0||2||2|
|1||Pedro Ramos (Lost)||5.0||6||4||4||1||8|
|2||Al McBean (ganó)||4.0||3||0||0||2||4|
Translated by Parker Asmann