1978 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

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1978 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
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American League 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 8 1[1][2]
National League 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 4 X 7 10 0[1][2]
Date July 11, 1978[1][2]
Venue San Diego Stadium[1][2]
City San Diego, California
Managers American League - Billy Martin[2] (NYY)
National League - Tommy Lasorda[2] (LA)
MVP Steve Garvey[2] (LA)
Attendance 51,549[1][2]
First pitch Gerald Ford[2]
Television ABC
TV announcers Keith Jackson, Howard Cosell and Don Drysdale
Radio CBS
Radio announcers Vin Scully and Brent Musburger
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The 1978 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 49th midseason exhibition between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and the National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was played on July 11, 1978 at San Diego Stadium in San Diego, California, home of the San Diego Padres of the National League. The game resulted in a 7-3 victory for the NL.

This was the first All-Star Game to be played in San Diego. It would return in 1992 to be played in the same stadium, though it was renamed Jack Murphy Stadium by that time.

The honorary captains were Brooks Robinson (for the AL) and Eddie Mathews (for the NL).[2]

American League roster[edit]

The American League roster included 9 future Hall of Fame players.[2][3]

Elected starters[edit]

Position Player Team Notes
C Carlton Fisk Boston Red Sox
1B Rod Carew Minnesota Twins
2B Don Money Milwaukee Brewers
3B George Brett Kansas City Royals
SS Freddie Patek Kansas City Royals
OF Reggie Jackson New York Yankees did not play
OF Jim Rice Boston Red Sox
OF Richie Zisk Texas Rangers

Pitchers[edit]

Throws Pitcher Team Notes
LH Mike Flanagan Baltimore Orioles did not pitch
RH Goose Gossage New York Yankees
LH Ron Guidry New York Yankees
RH Matt Keough Oakland Athletics
RH Jim Kern Cleveland Indians
RH Jim Palmer Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher
RH Lary Sorensen Milwaukee Brewers
LH Frank Tanana California Angels did not pitch

Reserve position players[edit]

Position Player Team Notes
C Thurman Munson New York Yankees injured
C Darrell Porter Kansas City Royals
1B Eddie Murray Baltimore Orioles did not play
1B Jason Thompson Detroit Tigers
2B Jerry Remy Boston Red Sox did not play
2B Frank White Kansas City Royals
3B Roy Howell Toronto Blue Jays
3B Graig Nettles New York Yankees
SS Rick Burleson Boston Red Sox injured
SS Craig Reynolds Seattle Mariners
OF Dwight Evans Boston Red Sox
OF Larry Hisle Milwaukee Brewers
OF Chet Lemon Chicago White Sox
OF Fred Lynn Boston Red Sox started for Jackson
OF Carl Yastrzemski Boston Red Sox injured

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Manager Team
Manager Billy Martin New York Yankees
Coach Whitey Herzog Kansas City Royals
Coach Don Zimmer Boston Red Sox
Trainer Dick Martin Minnesota Twins

National League roster[edit]

The National League roster included 8 future Hall of Fame players.[2][3]

Elected starters[edit]

Position Player Team Notes
C Johnny Bench Cincinnati Reds injured
1B Steve Garvey Los Angeles Dodgers
2B Joe Morgan Cincinnati Reds
3B Pete Rose Cincinnati Reds
SS Larry Bowa Philadelphia Phillies
OF George Foster Cincinnati Reds
OF Greg Luzinski Philadelphia Phillies
OF Rick Monday Los Angeles Dodgers

Pitchers[edit]

Throws Pitcher Team Notes
LH Vida Blue San Francisco Giants starting pitcher
RH Rollie Fingers San Diego Padres
LH Ross Grimsley Montréal Expos did not pitch
LH Tommy John Los Angeles Dodgers did not pitch
RH Phil Niekro Atlanta Braves
RH Steve Rogers Montréal Expos
RH Tom Seaver Cincinnati Reds did not pitch
RH Bruce Sutter Chicago Cubs
RH Pat Zachry New York Mets did not pitch

Reserve position players[edit]

Position Player Team Notes
C Bob Boone Philadelphia Phillies
C Biff Pocoroba Atlanta Braves
C Ted Simmons St. Louis Cardinals started for Bench
1B Willie Stargell Pittsburgh Pirates
2B Davey Lopes Los Angeles Dodgers
3B Ron Cey Los Angeles Dodgers
SS Dave Concepción Cincinnati Reds
OF Jeff Burroughs Atlanta Braves did not play
OF Jack Clark San Francisco Giants
OF Terry Puhl Houston Astros did not play
OF Reggie Smith Los Angeles Dodgers
OF Dave Winfield San Diego Padres

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Manager Team
Manager Tommy Lasorda Los Angeles Dodgers
Coach Danny Ozark Philadelphia Phillies
Coach Chuck Tanner Pittsburgh Pirates

Starting lineups[edit]

While the starters were elected by the fans, the batting orders and starting pitchers were selected by the managers.[2][4]

American League National League
Order Player Team Position Order Player Team Position
1 Rod Carew Minnesota Twins 1B 1 Pete Rose Cincinnati Reds 3B
2 George Brett Kansas City Royals 3B 2 Joe Morgan Cincinnati Reds 2B
3 Jim Rice Boston Red Sox LF 3 George Foster Cincinnati Reds CF
4 Richie Zisk Texas Rangers RF 4 Greg Luzinski Philadelphia Phillies LF
5 Carlton Fisk Boston Red Sox C 5 Steve Garvey Los Angeles Dodgers 1B
6 Fred Lynn Boston Red Sox CF 6 Ted Simmons St. Louis Cardinals C
7 Don Money Milwaukee Brewers 2B 7 Rick Monday Los Angeles Dodgers RF
8 Freddie Patek Kansas City Royals SS 8 Larry Bowa Philadelphia Phillies SS
9 Jim Palmer Baltimore Orioles P 9 Vida Blue San Francisco Giants P

Umpires[edit]

Position Umpire[4]
Home Plate Paul Pryor
First Base Nestor Chylak
Second Base Terry Tata
Third Base Bill Deegan
Left Field Paul Runge
Right Field Larry McCoy

Scoring summary[edit]

The American League opened the scoring immediately off of NL starter Vida Blue. Rod Carew tripled, and scored when George Brett doubled. Brett advanced to third base on a Jim Rice ground out. Richie Zisk walked. Fisk hit a sacrifice fly to Joe Morgan, permitting Brett to score.[5][6]

The AL added another run in the top of the third inning, again started by a Rod Carew lead off triple. George Brett followed up with a sacrifice fly to George Foster that allowed Carew to score and extend the AL lead to 3-0.[5][6]

The lead was very short lived as the NL tied the game in the bottom of the third inning. Larry Bowa singled. With Reggie Smith pinch hitting for Vida Blue, Bowa stole second base. Smith struck out. Pete Rose grounded out, moving Bowa to third base. Joe Morgan walked. George Foster walked, pushing Morgan to second base; loading the bases. Greg Luzinski walked sending Foster to second base, Morgan to third base, and scoring Bowa. Steve Garvey singled, scoring Morgan and Foster, and sending Luzinski to second base. AL manager Billy Martin replaced starting pitcher Jim Palmer with relief pitcher Matt Keough, though no further scoring occurred.[5][6]

The score remained tied at three until the bottom of the eighth inning, when Goose Gossage came in to pitch for the AL. Steve Garveyled off the inning with a triple, and scored when Gossage threw a wild pitch with Dave Concepción batting. Concepción walked. Dave Winfield singled sending Concepción to third, with Winfield advancing to second on an error by Chet Lemon. Bob Boone singled, scoring Concepción and Winfield. Boone advanced to second when Ron Cey grounded out. Davey Lopes singled, scoring Boone and ending the scoring for a 7-3 NL victory.[5][6]

Game notes and records[edit]

Bruce Sutter was credited with the win. Goose Gossage was credited with the loss.[4]

The two triples hit by Rod Carew, and the one hit by Steve Garvey marked the first time that three triples had been hit in a single All-Star Game.[4]

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