1996 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
|Date||July 9, 1996|
American League - Mike Hargrove (CLE)|
National League - Bobby Cox (ATL)
|MVP||Mike Piazza (LA)|
|First pitch||Mike Schmidt, Richie Ashburn, Jim Bunning, Steve Carlton and Robin Roberts|
|TV announcers||Bob Costas, Joe Morgan and Bob Uecker|
|Radio announcers||John Rooney and Jim Hunter|
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.
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|
|American League||National League|
|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|
| WP: John Smoltz (1–0) LP: Charles Nagy (0–1)|
NL: Ken Caminiti (1), Mike Piazza (1)
- Baseball Almanac
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