Musial played his last All-Star Game in 1963, but by then a new Galahad had established himself as the National League’s midsummer savior.
The game was played that year in Cleveland, where the New York Yankees had finished a road trip the weekend before the All-Star break. Yanks manager Ralph Houk had left his team’s star left-hander, Whitey Ford, off the All-Star team that year – apparently on the theory that the National League’s lineup was stacked with right-handed hitters, including Willie Mays, who’d gotten three hits off Ford when he’d faced him the October before in the World Series.
Known for a puckish sense of humor, Ford left a note for the Giants' star in the visitors’ clubhouse: “Dear Willie Mays, Sorry I didn't make the team, but Houk didn't want me to make you look bad.”
It was hard to make Mays look bad in those years, especially when the national spotlight was on. He got a big hit in the 1963 game, and also drove in two runs, scored two runs, and stole two bases. He made a spectacular catch in the eighth inning to rob Whitey Ford’s teammate Joe Pepitone of an extra-base hit, preserving the NL’s win and earning the MVP for himself.