1989 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
|Date||July 11, 1989|
|MVP||Bo Jackson (KC)|
|First pitch||Jimmie Reese|
|TV announcers||Vin Scully, Tom Seaver and Ronald Reagan (first inning only)|
|Radio announcers||Brent Musburger, Jerry Coleman and Johnny Bench|
The 1989 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 60th playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 11, 1989 at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, California, the home of the California Angels of the American League. The game is noted for being the first in All-Star Game history to include the designated hitter. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 5-3. The game is remembered for Bo Jackson's monstrous lead-off home run to center field. Jackson was named the game's MVP. The game also featured former U.S. President and former baseball announcer Ronald Reagan sharing the NBC broadcast booth with Vin Scully for the first inning.
The pregame ceremonies featured Disney characters joining this year's players in sprinting onto the field for the introduction of the starting lineups. Mike Schmidt of the Philadelphia Phillies, who had retired on May 29th, was still elected by the fans as the starting third baseman for the NL All-Star team. Schmidt decided not to play, but he did participate in the game's opening ceremony in uniform. Doc Severinsen later led The Tonight Show Band in the playing of the Canadian and U.S. national anthems. Severinsen and The Tonight Show Band's performance of the U.S. National Anthem was the last non-vocal performance of the Anthem at the All-Star Game to date. The ceremonial first pitch was thrown by longtime Angels coach Jimmie Reese.
Players in italics have since been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
|Managers||Tommy Lasorda||Tony La Russa|
|Coaches||Jack McKeon||Joe Morgan|
|Coaches||Buck Rodgers||Doug Rader|
|Honorary Captains||Don Drysdale||Carl Yastrzemski|
|Home Plate||Jim Evans (AL)|
|First Base||Bob Engel (NL)|
|Second Base||Terry Cooney (AL)|
|Third Base||Jerry Crawford (NL)|
|Left Field||John Hirschbeck(AL)|
|Right Field||Gerry Davis (NL)|
|National League||American League|
|1||Ozzie Smith||Cardinals||SS||1||Bo Jackson||Royals||LF|
|2||Tony Gwynn||Padres||RF||2||Wade Boggs||Red Sox||3B|
|3||Will Clark||Giants||1B||3||Kirby Puckett||Twins||CF|
|4||Kevin Mitchell||Giants||LF||4||Harold Baines||White Sox||DH|
|5||Eric Davis||Reds||CF||5||Julio Franco||Rangers||2B|
|6||Howard Johnson||Mets||3B||6||Cal Ripken, Jr.||Orioles||SS|
|7||Pedro Guerrero||Cardinals||DH||7||Rubén Sierra||Rangers||RF|
|8||Ryne Sandberg||Cubs||2B||8||Mark McGwire||Athletics||1B|
|9||Benito Santiago||Padres||C||9||Terry Steinbach||Athletics||C|
|Rick Reuschel||Giants||P||Dave Stewart||Athletics||P|
|WP: Nolan Ryan (1-0) LP: John Smoltz (0-1) Sv: Doug Jones (1)
AL: Wade Boggs (1), Bo Jackson (1)
The NL got off to a fast start off Dave Stewart in the first on RBI singles by Kevin Mitchell and Howard Johnson. The AL would counter in spectacular fashion in their half when game MVP Bo Jackson took the second pitch by Rick Reuschel, a low sinker, and golfed it out in deep center. Wade Boggs followed with a solo homer of his own to tie it.
The AL took the lead the very next inning when Jackson beat out a double play grounder, scoring Rubén Sierra. Jackson then stole second, making him the only player (to date) to have a home run and a stolen base in the same All-Star game. The AL expanded their lead to 5-2 in the third on RBI singles by Harold Baines and Sierra. The NL would get no closer than a run in the eighth when Von Hayes singled home Glenn Davis.
Footnotes and references
- Player declined or was unable to play.