Historic All-Star Game of All Latinos on October 12, 1963


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.

1Luis AparicioVenezuelaBaltimore OriolesSS
2José AzcúeCubaCleveland IndiansC
3Julio BécquerCubaMinnesota Twins1B
4Víctor DavalilloVenezuelaCleveland IndiansOF
5Mike de la HozCubaCleveland IndiansIF
6Héctor LópezPanamaNew York YankeesOF
7Félix MantillaPuerto RicoBoston Red SoxIF
8Román MejíasDominican RepublicBoston Red SoxOF
9Orestes MiñosoCubaWashington SenatorsOF
10Aurelio MonteagudoCubaKansas City AthleticsP
11Tony OlivaCubaMinnesota TwinsOF
12Víctor PowerPuerto RicoMinnesota Twins1B
13Pedro RamosCubaCleveland IndiansP
14Diego SeguíCubaKansas City AthleticsP
15Félix TorresPuerto RicoLos Angeles AngelsOF
16Zoilo VersallesCubaMinnesota TwinsSS
1Felipe AlouDominican RepublicSan Francisco GiantsOF
2Rubén AmaroMexicoPhiladelphia PhilliesSS
3Facundo BarragánUSA/CubaChicago CubsC
4Eduardo BautaCubaNew York MetsP
5Leo CárdenasCubaCincinatti RedsSS
6Orlando CepedaPuerto RicoSan Francisco Giants1B
7Roberto ClementePuerto RicoPittsburgh PiratesOF
8Chico FernándezCubaNew York MetsSS
9Tony GonzálezCubaPhiladelphia PhilliesOF
10Julián JavierDominican RepublicSt. Louis Cardinals2B
11Juan MarichalDominican RepublicSan Francisco GiantsP
12Manuel MotaDominican RepublicPittsburgh PiratesOF
13Cookie RojasCubaPhiladelphia Phillies2B
14Tony TaylorCubaPhiladelphia Phillies2B
15Joe ChristopherVirgin IslandsNew York MetsOF
16Al McBeanVirgin IslandsPhiladelphia PhilliesP
17Joe PignatanoItaly/USANew York MetsC

The annotation for game tickets.

1Luis AparicioSS4000
2Víctor Power1B3000
3Julio Bécquer1B1000
4Tony OlivaRF5021
5Héctor LópezLF2010
6Orestes Miñoso (Digitizing by Lopez in the 6th.)LF2000
7José AzcueC4100
8Román MejíasCF3010
9Félix Mantilla3B4000
10Zoilo Versalles2B4110
11Pedro RamosP2010
12Diego SeguíP2110
1Leo CárdenasSS/2B4000
2Tony Taylor3B/SS3100
3Felipe AlouLF4011
4Orlando Cepeda1B3110
5Rubén Amaro1B1000
6Tony GonzálezCF3220
7Roberto ClementeRF2000
8Al McBeanP1011
9Joe Pignatano (It failed with foul by McBean in the 8th.)P1000
10Eduardo BautaP0000
11Julián Javier2B2121
12Chico Fernández (It failed with foul by Javier on the 6th.)3B2000
13Facundo BarragánC3000
14Juan MarichalP1000
15Manny Mota (Single by Marichal in 4th.)RF2022
American League000000002272
National League10030100x592
HPMcBean (Miñoso)
1Pedro Ramos (Lost)5.064418
2Diego Seguí3.031111
1Juan Marichal4.020006
2Al McBean (ganó) 4.030024
3Eduardo Bauta1.022210

Translated by Parker Asmann