1971 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

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1971 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
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Date July 13, 1971[1]
Venue Tiger Stadium[1]
City Detroit
Managers National League - Sparky Anderson[2] (CIN)
American League - Earl Weaver[2] (BAL)
MVP Frank Robinson[3] (BAL)
Attendance 53,559[1]
First pitch Charlie Gehringer
Television NBC
TV announcers Curt Gowdy and Tony Kubek
Radio NBC
Radio announcers Jim Simpson and Sandy Koufax
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The 1971 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the 42nd such game, was played on July 13, 1971.[1] The all-stars from the American League and the National League faced each other at Tiger Stadium, home of the Detroit Tigers. The American League won by a score of 6-4.[1]

This was the third time that the Tigers had hosted the All-Star Game (at the previous two in 1941 and 1951, Tiger Stadium had been called Briggs Stadium). This would be the last time Tiger Stadium hosted the All-Star Game, as when it returned to Detroit in 2005, the Tigers had moved to their new home at Comerica Park.

This was the first American League win since the second All-Star Game of 1962, and would be their last until the 54th All-Star Game in 1983. Over the twenty game stretch from 1963–1982, the American League would go 1–19; the worst stretch for either league in the history of the exhibition.

National League roster[edit]

The National League roster included 15 future Hall of Fame players and coaches.[3][4]

Elected starters[edit]

Position Player Team Notes
C Johnny Bench Cincinnati Reds
1B Willie McCovey San Francisco Giants
2B Glenn Beckert Chicago Cubs
3B Joe Torre St. Louis Cardinals
SS Bud Harrelson New York Mets
OF Hank Aaron Atlanta Braves
OF Willie Mays San Francisco Giants
OF Willie Stargell Pittsburgh Pirates

Pitchers[edit]

Throws Pitcher Team Notes
LH Steve Carlton St. Louis Cardinals did not pitch
RH Clay Carroll Cincinnati Reds
RH Larry Dierker Houston Astros injured
RH Dock Ellis Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher
RH Ferguson Jenkins Chicago Cubs
RH Juan Marichal San Francisco Giants
RH Tom Seaver New York Mets did not pitch
RH Don Wilson Houston Astros
RH Rick Wise Philadelphia Phillies did not pitch

Reserve position players[edit]

Position Player Team Notes
C Manny Sanguillén Pittsburgh Pirates did not play
1B Nate Colbert San Diego Padres
1B Lee May Cincinnati Reds
2B Félix Millán Atlanta Braves
3B Ron Santo Chicago Cubs
SS Don Kessinger Chicago Cubs
OF Bobby Bonds San Francisco Giants
OF Lou Brock St. Louis Cardinals
OF Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates
OF Pete Rose Cincinnati Reds
OF Rusty Staub Montréal Expos did not play

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Manager Team
Manager Sparky Anderson Cincinnati Reds
Coach Walter Alston Los Angeles Dodgers
Coach Preston Gómez San Diego Padres
Coach Danny Murtaugh Pittsburgh Pirates

American League roster[edit]

The American League squad featured ten future Hall of Fame players and coaches.[3][4]

Elected Starters[edit]

Position Player Team Notes
C Ray Fosse Cleveland Indians injured
1B Boog Powell Baltimore Orioles did not play
2B Rod Carew Minnesota Twins
3B Brooks Robinson Baltimore Orioles
SS Luis Aparicio Boston Red Sox
OF Tony Oliva Minnesota Twins injured
OF Frank Robinson Baltimore Orioles
OF Carl Yastrzemski Boston Red Sox

Pitchers[edit]

Throws Pitcher Team Notes
LH Vida Blue Oakland Athletics starting pitcher
LH Mike Cuellar Baltimore Orioles
LH Mickey Lolich Detroit Tigers
LH Sam McDowell Cleveland Indians injured
RH Andy Messersmith California Angels did not pitch
RH Jim Palmer Baltimore Orioles
RH Marty Pattin Milwaukee Brewers did not pitch
RH Jim Perry Minnesota Twins did not pitch
RH Sonny Siebert Boston Red Sox did not pitch
LH Wilbur Wood Chicago White Sox did not pitch

Reserve position players[edit]

Position Player Team Notes
C Dave Duncan Oakland Athletics did not play
C Bill Freehan Detroit Tigers started for Fosse
1B Norm Cash Detroit Tigers started for Powell
2B Cookie Rojas Kansas City Royals
3B Harmon Killebrew Minnesota Twins
3B Bill Melton Chicago White Sox did not play
OF Don Buford Baltimore Orioles
OF Frank Howard Washington Senators
OF Reggie Jackson Oakland Athletics
OF Al Kaline Detroit Tigers
OF Bobby Murcer New York Yankees started for Oliva
OF Amos Otis Kansas City Royals

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Manager Team
Manager Earl Weaver Baltimore Orioles
Coach Billy Hunter Baltimore Orioles
Coach Billy Martin Detroit Tigers

Starting lineups[edit]

While the starters were elected by the fans, the batting orders and starting pitchers were selected by the managers.[3]

National League American League
Order Player Team Position Order Player Team Position
1 Willie Mays San Francisco Giants CF 1 Rod Carew Minnesota Twins 2B
2 Hank Aaron Atlanta Braves RF 2 Bobby Murcer New York Yankees CF
3 Joe Torre St. Louis Cardinals 3B 3 Carl Yastrzemski Boston Red Sox LF
4 Willie Stargell Pittsburgh Pirates LF 4 Frank Robinson Baltimore Orioles RF
5 Willie McCovey San Francisco Giants 1B 5 Norm Cash Detroit Tigers 1B
6 Johnny Bench Cincinnati Reds C 6 Brooks Robinson Baltimore Orioles 3B
7 Glenn Beckert Chicago Cubs 2B 7 Bill Freehan Detroit Tigers C
8 Bud Harrelson New York Mets SS 8 Luis Aparicio Boston Red Sox SS
9 Dock Ellis Pittsburgh Pirates P 9 Vida Blue Oakland Athletics P

Umpires[edit]

Jake O'Donnell would retire from umpiring after the 1971 season, after only three years on the job, but would go on to work as a long time referee in the NBA. His work in this game makes him the only person to officiate in a Major League Baseball All-Star Game, and an NBA All-Star Game.

Position Umpire[5]
Home Plate Frank Umont (AL)
First Base Paul Pryor (NL)
Second Base Jake O'Donnell (AL)
Third Base Doug Harvey (NL)
Left Field Don Denkinger (AL)
Right Field Nick Colosi (NL)

Scoring summary[edit]

The NL opened the scoring off of AL starter Vida Blue in the second inning. Willie Stargell was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Two batters later, with one out, Johnny Bench hit a two-run home run.[1][6]

In the third inning, Hank Aaron launched a two out solo home run (his first career All-Star Game home run) off of Blue to give the NL a 3-0 lead.[1][6]

The AL responded in the bottom of the third inning. With Dock Ellis still pitching for the NL, Luis Aparicio singled to lead off the inning. Reggie Jackson was sent up to pinch hit for the pitcher, Vida Blue, and hit a two run home run. Rod Carew walked. Three batter later, with two outs, Frank Robinson hit a two run home run to give the AL a 4-3 lead.[1][6]

In the bottom of the sixth, Ferguson Jenkins, pitching in a relief role for the National League, gave up a single to Al Kaline. The next batter, Harmon Killebrew, launched the third two run home run of the game for the American League.[1][6]

In the bottom of the eighth, Mickey Lolich of the home town Tigers came in to pitch. In what would be his final All-Star Game at-bat, Roberto Clemente hit a solo home run as the second batter of the inning.[1][6]

Game notes and records[edit]

Vida Blue was credited with the win. Dock Ellis was credited with the loss. Mickey Lolich was credited with the save.[5]

All of the scoring came via the home run, and all six home runs hit in the game were by future Hall of Fame players The six total home runs hit by both teams tied an All-Star Game record.[4]

Frank Robinson became the first player in All-Star Game history to hit home runs for both leagues over the course of his career.[1]

Reggie Jackson's home run is described as "especially memorable", as it hit one of the light standards on the roof of the stadium, credibly estimated to have landed 520 feet from home plate.[4]

Roberto Clemente would be named to the 1972 National League squad, but would be replaced due to injury. This game marked his final All-Star Game appearance.[7]

A total of 26 future Hall of Famers were present for this game: 21 players, both managers, National League coach Walt Alston, Hall of Fame umpire Doug Harvey, and future Hall of Fame manager Joe Torre.

Notes[edit]

Thurman Munson of the New York Yankees entered the game in the top of the ninth as the American League Catcher.

References[edit]

Thurman Munson did not hit but caught the top of the ninth inning. He is not listed on the roster.

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