1981 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

1981 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

1981 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
Date August 9, 1981
Venue Cleveland Stadium
City Cleveland, Ohio
Managers National League - Dallas Green (PHI)
American League - Jim Frey (KC)
MVP Gary Carter (MON)
Attendance 72,086
First pitch George H. W. Bush
Television NBC
TV announcers Joe Garagiola and Tony Kubek
Radio CBS
Radio announcers Vin Scully, Win Elliott and Herb Score
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The 1981 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 52nd 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 August 9, 1981, at Cleveland Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, the home of the Cleveland Indians of the American League. The game was originally to be played on July 14, but was cancelled due to the players' strike lasting from June 12 to July 31. It was then brought back as a prelude to the second half of the season, which began the following day. At 72,086 people in attendance, this game set the record for the highest attendance in an All Star Game, which still stands today.


Players in italics have since been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.



Home plate Bill Haller
First base Ed Vargo
Second base Lou DiMuro
Third base Bob Engel
Left field Greg Kosc
Right field Jim Quick

Starting lineups

National League American League
Order Player Team Position Order Player Team Position
1 Pete Rose Phillies 1B 1 Rod Carew Angels 1B
2 Dave Concepción Reds SS 2 Willie Randolph Yankees 2B
3 Dave Parker Pirates RF 3 George Brett Royals 3B
4 Mike Schmidt Phillies 3B 4 Dave Winfield Yankees CF
5 George Foster Reds LF 5 Ken Singleton Orioles LF
6 Andre Dawson Expos CF 6 Reggie Jackson Yankees RF
7 Gary Carter Expos C 7 Carlton Fisk White Sox C
8 Davey Lopes Dodgers 2B 8 Bucky Dent Yankees SS
9 Fernando Valenzuela Dodgers P 9 Jack Morris Tigers P

Game summary

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National League 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 0 5 9 1
American League 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 4 11 1
WP: Vida Blue (1-0)   LP: Rollie Fingers (0-1)   Sv: Bruce Sutter (1)
Home runs:
NL: Gary Carter 2 (1, 2), Dave Parker (1), Mike Schmidt (1)
AL: Ken Singleton (1)

The American League started with four shutout innings, two apiece by starter Jack Morris and Len Barker. Meanwhile, Fernando Valenzuela, only the second rookie pitcher to start an All-Star Game, pitched a scoreless first with two strikeouts. The AL got on the board in the second when Ken Singleton homered off Tom Seaver.

Gary Carter broke the scoring drought for the NL and tied the game with a solo shot off Ken Forsch in the fifth. Dave Parker gave the senior circuit the lead with a solo homer of his own in the sixth off Mike Norris.

Burt Hooton came in for the NL in the AL-half of the sixth and promptly loaded the bases on three successive singles by Singleton, Dwight Evans, and Carlton Fisk. Fred Lynn lined another single, but only Singleton came home to tie it at 2-2. Buddy Bell followed with a sacrifice fly to give the AL a 3-2 lead. Eddie Murray then bounced what looked to be a double-play grounder to Steve Garvey at first, but Garvey's low throw combined with a great play by Ozzie Smith at second and a rolling slide by Lynn resulted in only a force at second. Fisk went to third and Ted Simmons singled him in to make it 4-2. Al Oliver then lifted a bloop fly ball to left that looked like it would drop, but Dusty Baker hustled in and made a sliding catch for the third out, saving a run and possibly more.

In the seventh, Carter got one of the runs back with his second solo homer off Ron Davis. Then, in the eighth, Rollie Fingers walked Ozzie Smith. Smith stole second and attempted to take third when Bo Diaz' throw went into center field. Dave Winfield hustled the ball back to the infield and Smith was caught in a rundown and tagged out by Fingers. Mike Easler walked and Mike Schmidt homered off Fingers to give the National League their winning runs.

Footnotes and references

External links

  • Baseball-Reference.com
  • Baseball Almanac