1996 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

1996 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

1996 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
Date July 9, 1996
Venue Veterans Stadium
City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Managers American League - Mike Hargrove (CLE)
National League - Bobby Cox (ATL)
MVP Mike Piazza (LA)
Attendance 62,670
First pitch Mike Schmidt, Richie Ashburn, Jim Bunning, Steve Carlton and Robin Roberts
Television NBC
TV announcers Bob Costas, Joe Morgan and Bob Uecker
Radio CBS
Radio announcers John Rooney and Jim Hunter
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The 1996 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 67th 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 9, 1996 at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the home of the Philadelphia Phillies of the National League. The game resulted in the National League defeating the American League 6–0. This also marked the fifteenth and final all star game appearance of Ozzie Smith, who retired after the 1996 season. Smith entered the game in the top of the sixth inning. The National League would not win another All-Star Game until 2010. In both years, stars of television series then airing on the game's host network--Kelsey Grammer of Frasier in 1996—sang the National Anthem prior to the start of the game, which also introduced Canadian singer Sarah McLachlan to an American audience. McLachlan sang the Canadian National Anthem, also during the pregame ceremonies. Congressman Jim Bunning joined in the ceremonial first pitch ceremonies.

Joe Carter, the Toronto Blue Jays representative to the All-Star Game, received boos from the crowd for his home run that ended the 1993 World Series.[1][2][3]

Veterans Stadium also held the "distinction" of being the most recent host stadium to be closed down, a distinction it lost after Yankee Stadium closed at the conclusion of the 2008 season.

After the game, then-Chairman of the Executive Committee Bud Selig presented the All-Star Game MVP Award to Mike Piazza. Dr. Bobby Brown had presented the MVP Award in 1993, while National League President Len Coleman had presented the award in 1994 and 1995. After presenting the MVP Award at the 1998 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, Selig was officially named Commissioner of Baseball.

This is the only All-Star Game in which not a single pitcher walked a batter; appropriately, Braves closer Mark Wohlers was the final pitcher of the game.


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




Home Plate Randy Marsh
First Base Larry McCoy
Second Base Charlie Reliford
Third Base Joe Brinkman
Left Field Larry Poncino
Right Field Chuck Meriwether

Starting lineups

American League National League
Order Player Team Position Order Player Team Position
1 Kenny Lofton Indians CF 1 Lance Johnson Mets CF
2 Wade Boggs Yankees 3B 2 Barry Larkin Reds SS
3 Roberto Alomar Orioles 2B 3 Barry Bonds Giants LF
4 Albert Belle Indians LF 4 Fred McGriff Braves 1B
5 Mo Vaughn Red Sox 1B 5 Mike Piazza Dodgers C
6 Iván Rodríguez Rangers C 6 Dante Bichette Rockies RF
7 Cal Ripken, Jr. Orioles SS 7 Chipper Jones Braves 3B
8 Brady Anderson Orioles RF 8 Craig Biggio Astros 2B
9 Charles Nagy Indians P 9 John Smoltz Braves P

Game summary

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
American League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
National League 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 - 6 12 1
WP: John Smoltz (1–0)   LP: Charles Nagy (0–1)
Home runs:
AL: None
NL: Ken Caminiti (1), Mike Piazza (1)

External links

  • Baseball Almanac
  • Baseball-Reference