1995 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
|Date||July 11, 1995|
|Venue||The Ballpark in Arlington|
|MVP||Jeff Conine (FLA)|
|First pitch||Nolan Ryan|
|TV announcers||Al Michaels, Tim McCarver and Jim Palmer|
|Radio announcers||John Rooney, Jerry Coleman and Jeff Torborg|
The 1995 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 66th 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, 1995, at The Ballpark in Arlington in Arlington, Texas, the home of the Texas Rangers of the American League. It was the first All-Star Game held in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but not the first hosted by the franchise (as the Washington Senators, the team hosted the game in 1962 and 1969).
In this All-Star Game, American League pitchers held National League batters to just three base hits, but all three were home runs. The game resulted in the National League defeating the American League 3-2. This is also the most recent All-Star Game to be televised by the ABC television network.
Because of the MLBPA Strike, and the lack of official champions, the leagues chose to designate the managers of the unofficial league champions (teams with the best record at the time of abandonment of the season) as managers for this All-Star Game.
There were two color guards participating in the pregame ceremonies. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police National Color Guard from Ottawa, Ontario, carried the Canadian flag, while the 1995-96 Del Rio (TX) High School ROTC Color Guard carried the American flag. Country singer Michelle Wright later sang "O Canada", while fellow country singer (and native Texan) Lyle Lovett sang "The Star-Spangled Banner". Nolan Ryan threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
After the game, National League President Len Coleman presented Jeff Conine with the All-Star Game MVP Award in lieu of the Commissioner of Baseball, marking the second year in a row that Coleman presided over the MVP Award presentation.
Players in italics have since been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
|Home Plate||Durwood Merrill|
|First Base||Charlie Williams|
|Second Base||Al Clark|
|Third Base||Mike Winters|
|Left Field||Ted Hendry|
|Right Field||Ed Rapuano|
|National League||American League|
|1||Lenny Dykstra||Phillies||CF||1||Kenny Lofton||Indians||CF|
|2||Tony Gwynn||Padres||RF||2||Carlos Baerga||Indians||2B|
|3||Barry Bonds||Giants||LF||3||Edgar Martínez||Mariners||DH|
|4||Mike Piazza||Dodgers||C||4||Frank Thomas||White Sox||1B|
|5||Fred McGriff||Braves||1B||5||Albert Belle||Indians||LF|
|6||Ron Gant||Reds||DH||6||Cal Ripken, Jr.||Orioles||SS|
|7||Barry Larkin||Reds||SS||7||Wade Boggs||Yankees||3B|
|8||Vinny Castilla||Rockies||3B||8||Kirby Puckett||Twins||RF|
|9||Craig Biggio||Astros||2B||9||Iván Rodríguez||Rangers||C|
|Hideo Nomo||Dodgers||P||Randy Johnson||Mariners||P|
|WP: Heathcliff Slocumb (1-0) LP: Steve Ontiveros (0-1)
NL: Craig Biggio (1), Mike Piazza (1), Jeff Conine (1)
AL: Frank Thomas (1)
Footnotes and references
- Player declined or was unable to play.