Taco Bell All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game

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The 2010 Taco Bell All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

The Taco Bell All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game is an annual game that brings former Major League Baseball all-stars and celebrities together in a friendly exhibition. The game is played the day before the Home Run Derby.

The game started in 2001 in Seattle and is played at the site of that year's All-Star Game. It is broadcast on tape delay after the Home Run Derby on ESPN. The current broadcast team is John Anderson and Bill Simmons.

Rules[edit]

From 2001 to 2006, the game used standard softball rules with a temporary wall (220' from home plate) on the field. In 2007, the rules were changed. Instead of 7 innings, there are only 5 innings with everyone on the team batting, whether or not they are in the field. From 2008-2012, it is unknown how long the game lasted. Since 2013, six innings are played. In place of extra innings, a swing-off was introduced. If the teams were tied at the end of 6 innings, each team would pick a batter in each round. The batter's team who hits the most home runs in the 5 rounds would be the winner; otherwise, teams play sudden-death rounds until one team homers.

Game Summaries[edit]

2001[edit]

The 2001 RadioShack Legends and Celebrity Softball Game was played on Sunday, July 8, 2001 at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington. ESPN broadcast the game after the Home Run Derby. For this game the teams are named after specialty coffee drinks as a nob to the coffee industry in Seattle.

Lineups[edit]

Espressos[1] Lattes[1]
Player Legend/Celebrity Player Legend/Celebrity
Kenny Mayne Celebrity (Manager) Harold Reynolds Legend (Manager)
Fred Lynn Legend Alvin Davis Legend
Freddie Prinze Jr. Celebrity Chi McBride Celebrity
Henry Simmons Celebrity Don Mattingly Legend
Howie Long Celebrity Frederick Thomas Celebrity
Jeff Ament Celebrity James Van Der Beek Celebrity
Jessica Biel Celebrity Jim Caviezel Celebrity
Jonathan Lipnicki Celebrity Jimmy Perez Celebrity
Joy Enriquez Celebrity Michael Badalucco Celebrity
Keith Hernandez Legend Paul Williams Celebrity
Lisa Fernandez Celebrity Goose Gossage Legend
Marc Blucas Celebrity Robert Wuhl Celebrity
Matthew Lillard Celebrity Scott Patterson Celebrity
Meat Loaf Celebrity Steve Garvey Legend
Ozzie Smith Legend Thomas Jane Celebrity
Rick Fox Celebrity Tina Wesson Celebrity
Tug McGraw Legend Tony Todd Celebrity
Vanessa L. Williams Celebrity Vitamin C Celebrity
Wilmer Valderrama Celebrity

2002[edit]

The 2002 Radioshack Legends and Celebrity Softball Game was played on Sunday, July 7, 2002 at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. ESPN broadcast the game after the Home Run Derby with commentators Dave O'Brien and Rick Sutcliffe. Managers Kenny Mayne and Harold Reynolds also provided on field reporting. Pitcher Dave Winfield had a no-hitter going until the bottom of the third inning when Dale Earnhardt Jr. broke it up with a lead off single. Harold Reynolds' Brew Crew won the game 7-4.

Lineups[edit]

Wallbangers[2] Brew Crew[2]
Order Player Legend/Celebrity Position Order Player Legend/Celebrity Position
1 Joy Enriquez Celebrity RCF 1 Ryne Sandberg Legend LCF
2 Paul Molitor Legend 2B 2 Ozzie Smith Legend SS
3 Howie Long Celebrity RF 3 Kevin James Celebrity LF
4 Cecil Fielder Legend C 4 Dave Winfield Legend P
5 Meat Loaf Celebrity P 5 Coolio Celebrity RCF
6 Cecil Cooper Legend 1B 6 George Brett Legend RF
7 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Celebrity 3B 7 Richard Schiff Celebrity 2B
8 Chi McBride Celebrity -- 8 Don Mattingly Legend 3B
9 Rollie Fingers Legend LF 9 John Kruk Legend --
10 Tony Todd Celebrity SS 10 Nadia Dajani Celebrity --
11 Gorman Thomas Legend LCF 11 Picabo Street Celebrity C
12 Glenn Lewis Celebrity -- 12 Bradley Whitford Celebrity 1B
13 Derek Parra Celebrity -- 13 Harold Reynolds Legend (Manager) --
14 Kenny Mayne Celebrity (Manager) --

2003[edit]

The 2003 Radioshack Legends and Celebrity Softball Game was played on Sunday, July 13, 2003 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. ESPN broadcast the game after the Home Run Derby with commentators Dave O'Brien and Rick Sutcliffe. Managers Kenny Mayne and Harold Reynolds also provided on field reporting. In the bottom of the third inning, as The Bachelor star Andrew Firestone came to bat, manager Kenny Mayne brought in Firestone's then fiancé from the show, Jen Schefft, to pitch. Firestone popped out to the shortstop and the original pitcher was brought back in. In the next at bat Jimmy Kimmel singled but first baseman Bo Jackson successfully pulled the hidden ball trick on him to record an out. In the top of the fourth inning Jackson came to bat with a wooden bat that had pine tar on it that he claimed was given to him by George Brett. Manager Harold Reynolds challenged the amount of pine tar on the bat but the home plate umpire allowed it and Jackson then hit a home run. Kenny Mayne's Go-Go Sox won the game 7-4.

Lineups[edit]

Go-Go Sox[3] Southside Hitmen[3]
Order Player Legend/Celebrity Position Order Player Legend/Celebrity Position
1 Wade Boggs Legend 3B 1 Ozzie Smith Legend SS
2 Shannon Elizabeth Celebrity RF 2 Trista Rehn Celebrity --
3 Chris Chelios Celebrity LCF 3 Ryne Sandberg Legend 2B
4 Bo Jackson Legend 1B 4 Jim McMahon Celebrity 1B
5 Harold Baines Legend RCF 5 Dave Winfield Legend LF
6 Dean Cain Celebrity SS 6 Brian McKnight Celebrity --
7 Gary Carter Legend -- 7 Fred Lynn Legend RCF
8 Amy Kyler Celebrity -- 8 Jaime Foutch Celebrity LCF
9 Adam Carolla Celebrity LF 9 Andrew Firestone Celebrity 3B
10 Jack McDowell Legend P 10 Jimmy Kimmel Celebrity C
11 Rollie Fingers Legend -- 11 Bret Saberhagen Legend --
12 Ms. Jade Celebrity 2B 12 Goose Gossage Legend P
13 Ian Ziering Celebrity C 13 Sarah Silverman Celebrity RF
14 Kenny Mayne Celebrity (Manager) -- 14 Harold Reynolds Legend (Manager) --

2004[edit]

The 2004 Taco Bell Legends and Celebrity Softball Game was played on Sunday, July 11, 2004 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. ESPN broadcast the game after the Home Run Derby with commentators Gary Thorne and Rick Sutcliffe. Managers Kenny Mayne and Harold Reynolds also provided on field reporting. In the bottom of the fourth inning, after three consecutive inside pitches, batter Nick Lachey charged pitcher Goose Gossage resulting in a faux bench clearing. The National League won 15-8.

Lineups[edit]

National[4] American[4]
Order Player Legend/Celebrity Position Order Player Legend/Celebrity Position
1 Ozzie Smith Legend SS 1 Fred Lynn Legend LCF
2 Nick Lachey Celebrity RF 2 Shandi Finnessey Celebrity RF
3 Jaime Foutch Celebrity 2B 3 Will Clark Legend 1B
4 Tony Todd Celebrity 3B 4 Cecil Fielder Legend --
5 Cesar Cedeno Legend RCF 5 Matthew Modine Celebrity 3B
6 Dave Winfield Legend 1B 6 Harold Reynolds Legend (Manager) SS
7 Adam Rodriguez Celebrity -- 7 Rollie Fingers Legend RCF
8 Kenny Mayne Celebrity (Manager) LCF 8 Jimmy Kimmel Celebrity C
9 Clyde Drexler Celebrity LF 9 Sarah Silverman Celebrity --
10 Leeann Tweeden Celebrity -- 10 Goose Gossage Legend P
11 Bill Rancic Celebrity C 11 Christa Williams Celebrity 2B
12 Mike Scott Legend -- 12 Charlie Maher Celebrity LF
13 Larry Dierker Legend P 13 Sheryl Swoopes Celebrity UMP*
14 Fernando Valenzuela Legend --
  • Due to an ankle injury, Swoopes did not play in the game but was brought in as a replacement home plate umpire in the bottom of the fourth inning after a strike call was disputed by celebrity batter Bill Rancic. The original umpire returned for the fifth inning.

2005[edit]

The 2005 Taco Bell Legends and Celebrity Softball Game was played on Sunday, July 10, 2005 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. ESPN broadcast the game after the Home Run Derby with commentators Gary Thorne and Rick Sutcliffe and on field reporter Sam Ryan. The American League won 9-7.

Lineups[edit]

National[5] American[5]
Order Player Legend/Celebrity Position Order Player Legend/Celebrity Position
1 Ozzie Smith Legend SS 1 Lovie Jung Celebrity 2B
2 Jennie Finch Celebrity P 2 Fred Lynn Legend RCF
3 Dave Winfield Legend 1B 3 Bo Jackson Legend 1B
4 Andre Dawson Legend RF 4 Lou Whitaker Legend SS
5 Chris Chelios Celebrity 2B 5 Jon Kelley Celebrity C
6 James Denton Celebrity 3B 6 Chris Webber Celebrity RF
7 Jon Lovitz Celebrity -- 7 Billy Bob Thornton Celebrity --
8 Rollie Fingers Legend LF 8 Jim Abbott Legend LF
9 Richard Schiff Celebrity -- 9 Harold Reynolds Legend (Manager) 3B
10 Leeann Tweeden Celebrity RCF 10 Jon Secada Celebrity LCF
11 Tommy John Legend -- 11 Amanda Beard Celebrity --
12 Larry Joe Campbell Celebrity C 12 Mark Tremonti Celebrity --
13 Jessica White Celebrity -- 13 Willie Hernandez Legend --
14 Kenny Mayne Celebrity (Manager) LCF 14 Celines Toribio Celebrity --
15 Mark Fidrych Legend P

2006[edit]

The 2006 Taco Bell Legends and Celebrity Softball Game was played on Sunday, July 9, 2006 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ESPN broadcast the game after the Home Run Derby with commentators Gary Thorne and Rick Sutcliffe. Managers Harold Reynolds and John Kruk also provided on field reporting. The National League won 7-5.

Lineups[edit]

National[6] American[6]
Order Player Legend/Celebrity Position Order Player Legend/Celebrity Position
1 Bill Madlock Legend 3B 1 Sarah Silverman Celebrity LF
2 Franco Harris Celebrity LCF 2 Dean Cain Celebrity SS
3 Dave Parker Legend DH 3 Fred Lynn Legend LCF
4 Dave Winfield Legend P 4 Rollie Fingers Legend RCF
5 Andre Dawson Legend C 5 Goose Gossage Legend 1B
6 Ozzie Smith Legend SS 6 Cowboy Troy Celebrity C
7 Carlos Bernard Celebrity LF 7 Harold Reynolds Legend (Manager) 3B
8 Gary Carter Legend RCF 8 Marcus Giamatti Celebrity RF
9 Rob Reiner Celebrity 1B 9 Tommy John Legend P
10 Jimmy Kimmel Celebrity 2B 10 Tony Potts Celebrity 2B
11 Carey Hart Celebrity RF 11 Sal Iacono Celebrity --
12 Leeann Tweeden Celebrity -- 12 Danny Masterson Celebrity --
13 John Kruk Legend (Manager) -- 13 Trevor Morgan Celebrity --

2007[edit]

AL Rosters: Fred Lynn, Rachel Smith, Kenny Mayne (manager), Jerry Rice, James Denton, Bobby Flay, Sal Iacano, Wade Boggs, Rickey Henderson, Dane Cook, Rollie Fingers, ? NL Rosters: Dave Winfield, Jimmy Kimmel (manager), Gary Carter, Robb Nen, J.T. Snow, Rob Scheider, Ernie Banks, Leeann Tweeden, Ozzie Smith, Jeff Garlin, Alyssa Milano, Gavin Newsom, Lisa Guerrero, ?

2011[edit]

The 2011 Taco Bell Legends and Celebrity Softball Game was played on Sunday, July 10, 2011 at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. ESPN broadcast the game after the Home Run Derby. There were no commentators for the game but managers James Denton and Erin Andrews provided continuous, on field reporting. For this game an inflatable kiddie pool was placed just beyond the shorter softball fence in right-center field as an imitation of the pool just beyond the MLB regulation fence in right-center field. Andrews explained during the telecast that a ball hit into the pool would be worth 4 runs. The National League won 5-3.

Lineups[edit]

National[7] American[7]
Order Player Legend/Celebrity Position Order Player Legend/Celebrity Position
1 Ozzie Smith Legend SS 1 Rickey Henderson Legend LF
2 Larry Fitzgerald Celebrity RCF 2 Kate Upton Celebrity 2B
3 Jordin Sparks Celebrity RF 3 Nick Jonas Celebrity 3B
4 Chord Overstreet Celebrity LCF 4 Rollie Fingers Legend P
5 Luis Gonzalez Legend LF 5 Chris Pratt Celebrity 1B
6 James Denton Celebrity (Manager) -- 6 Fred Lynn Legend RCF
7 Jesse Williams Celebrity -- 7 Greg Grunberg Celebrity --
8 Josh Hopkins Celebrity 3B 8 Jake T. Austin Celebrity C
9 Mike Piazza Legend C 9 Tim DeKay Celebrity --
10 Jason Aldean Celebrity -- 10 Amaury Nolasco Celebrity SS
11 Paul DiMeo Celebrity -- 11 Tom Papa Celebrity RF
12 Mark Grace Legend 1B 12 Bernie Williams Legend LCF
13 Dave Annable Celebrity 2B 13 Carlos Bocanegra Celebrity --
14 Steve Garvey Legend -- 14 A.J. Calloway Celebrity --
15 Jennie Finch Celebrity P 15 Erin Andrews Celebrity (Manager) --

2012[edit]

The 2012 Taco Bell Legends and Celebrity Softball Game was played on Sunday, July 8, 2012 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. ESPN broadcast the game after the Home Run Derby with commentators Bill Simmons and John Anderson and on field reporter Tim Kurkjian. In the bottom of the second inning Mike Sweeny, Bill Self, and Chord Overstreet hit back-to-back-to-back home runs, a first in L&S Softball history.[8] This game was the first to feature players from the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team. Saul Bosquez, US Army, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Matt Kinsey, US Army, Operation Enduring Freedom, are both members of the Washington Nationals WWAST.[9] Bosquez played for the AL and Kinsey played for the NL. Kinsey hit a home run and won the MVP award. The National League won 21-8.

Lineups[edit]

National[10] American[10]
Order Player Legend/Celebrity Position Order Player Legend/Celebrity Position
1 Ozzie Smith Legend SS 1 Rickey Henderson Legend LCF
2 Jon Hamm Celebrity 3B 2 Eric Stonestreet Celebrity C
3 Dave Winfield Legend RF 3 Matt Cassel Celebrity --
4 Jennie Finch Celebrity P 4 George Brett Legend 3B
5 Andre Dawson Legend -- 5 Haley Reinhart Celebrity --
6 James Denton Celebrity RCF 6 Mike Sweeney Legend 1B
7 Rick Sutcliffe Legend (Manager) C 7 Bill Self Celebrity 2B
8 Horatio Sanz Celebrity LCF 8 Chord Overstreet Celebrity RCF
9 Matt Kinsey Wounded Warrior 1B 9 Saul Bosquez Wounded Warrior SS
10 David Nail Celebrity LF 10 David Cook Celebrity LF
11 Steve Garvey Legend -- 11 Joe Carter Legend RF
12 Paul DiMeo Celebrity -- 12 Rollie Fingers Legend P
13 Carlos Bocanegra Celebrity 2B 13 Chrissy Teigen Celebrity --
-- Bo Jackson Legend (Manager) PH*
  • Bo Jackson was not in the starting lineup due to a hip injury but pinch hit for Joe Carter in the bottom of the sixth inning. Carter was Jackson's courtesy runner, however, Jackson popped out to shortstop to end the game.[8]

2013[edit]

In 2013, the Legends/Celebrities Softball Game was won by the “home team” National League in six innings with a strong performance by Jennie Finch (Olympian Softball Player) who pitched a complete game for the NL. She was helped offensively from Mike Piazza (New York Mets Legend), Andre Dawson (Legend), and Josh Wege (Wounded Warrior) hitting home runs. Boomer Esiason (NL manager, television personality) and John Franco (NL co-captain, MLB Legend) were the captains of the victorious National League. Felipe Eraso (a top fundraiser for All-Star 5k Fun Run) hit an inside-the-ballpark home run also scoring actor George Lopez, due to a missed diving catch attempt in the outfield and an errant throw to American League catcher Ashanti. Other players for the National League were Alyssa Milano (actress), Kevin James (actor/comedian), and Legends Darryl Strawberry, Ozzie Smith, and Dwight Gooden. Josh Wege, an amputee wounded in Afghanistan was the co-MVP with Kevin James.

The American League softball team was led by Craig Carton (radio personality/manager) and Bernie Williams (MLB Legend). Rollie Fingers (MLB Legend) had several costly errors and Ashanti (singer) didn’t fare well defensively or at the plate. Other legends for the AL team included Rickey Henderson, Frank Thomas, and Fred Lynn. Actors Chord Overstreet (Glee), James Denton (Desperate Housewives), AJ Calloway (Extra), Gary Valentine (Actor/Comedian), and 2013 Miss America Mallory Hagan participated in the game. Actor/Comedian Chris Rock was reportedly scheduled to appear in the softball game, but wasn’t shown playing. [11] [12]

2014[edit]

In 2014, the Legends/Celebrities softball game was held at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Sunday, July 13. ESPN broadcast the game following the live broadcast of the 2014 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby. This years game was won by the "away team" National League in six innings with a strong performance by Nelly (rapper) and David Nail (Country Music singer) who both hit two home runs for the NL.

Lineups[edit]

National[13] American[13]
Order Player Legend/Celebrity Position Order Player Legend/Celebrity Position
1 Ozzie Smith Legend SS 1 Rickey Henderson Legend LF
2 Nelly Celebrity 3B 2 Adrian Peterson Celebrity LCF
3 Larry Fitzgerald Celebrity 3 Fat Joe Celebrity
4 Mike Piazza Legend C 4 Zach Parise Celebrity SS
5 Nick Clark Wounded Warrior 5 Jim Thome Legend DH
6 Jennie Finch Celebrity P 6 Greg Reynolds Wounded Warrior
7 Chris Distefano Celebrity 7 James Denton Celebrity 3B
8 John Smoltz Legend P 8 Fred Lynn Legend
9 David Nail Celebrity LF 9 January Jones Celebrity C
10 Andre Dawson Legend 10 Rob Riggle Celebrity LF
11 Andy Cohen Celebrity 11 Jack Morris Legend P
12 Charlie McDermott Celebrity 12 Sway Celebrity RF
13 Melanie Iglesias Celebrity 13 Maya Moore Celebrity 1B
14 Dwight Gooden Legend 14 Rollie Fingers Legend P
15 Julie Bennett Celebrity P 15 Andrew Zimmern Celebrity 2B

Results[edit]

Year Winning Manager Losing Manager Score Site
(Host Team)
2001 Kenny Mayne Harold Reynolds Safeco Field (Seattle)
2002 Harold Reynolds (Brew Crew) Kenny Mayne (Wallbangers) 7-4 Brew Crew Miller Park (Milwaukee)
2003 Kenny Mayne (Go-Go Sox) Harold Reynolds (Southside Hitmen) 7-4 Go-Go Sox U.S. Cellular Field (Chicago)
2004 Kenny Mayne (N.L.) Harold Reynolds (A.L.) 15-8 National Minute Maid Park (Houston)
2005 Harold Reynolds (A.L) Kenny Mayne (N.L.) 9-7 American Comerica Park (Detroit)
2006 John Kruk (N.L.) Harold Reynolds (A.L.) 7-5 National PNC Park (Pittsburgh)
2007 Kenny Mayne (A.L.) Jimmy Kimmel (N.L.) 13-9 American [14] AT&T Park (San Francisco)
2008 Mike Greenberg (N.L.) Mike Golic (A.L.) 8-7 National [15] Yankee Stadium (N.Y. Yankees)
2009 Mike Greenberg (N.L.) Mike Golic (A.L.) 10-8 National [16] Busch Stadium (St. Louis)
2010 Goose Gossage (A.L.) John Kruk (N.L.) 15-11 American [17] Angel Stadium (L.A. Angels)
2011 James Denton (N.L.) Erin Andrews (A.L.) 5-3 National [18] Chase Field (Arizona)
2012 Rick Sutcliffe (N.L.) Bo Jackson (A.L.) 21-8 National Kauffman Stadium (Kansas City)
2013 Boomer Esiason (N.L.) Craig Carton (A.L.) 8-5 National [19] Citi Field (N.Y. Mets)
2014 TBD (N.L.) TBD (A.L.) Target Field (Minnesota)

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