1969 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

1969 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National League 1 2 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 9 11 0
American League 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 2
Date July 23, 1969 [1]
Venue Robert F. Kennedy
Memorial Stadium
City Washington, D.C.
MVP Willie McCovey (SF)
Attendance 45,259
First pitch President Nixon
Television NBC
TV announcers Curt Gowdy, Tony Kubek,
and Mickey Mantle[2]
Radio NBC
Radio announcers Jim Simpson and Sandy Koufax

The 1969 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 40th midseason exhibition between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and the National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was played in the afternoon on Wednesday, July 23, at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, D.C. and resulted in a 9–3 victory for the National League.[1][3] Steve Carlton was the winning pitcher while Mel Stottlemyre was the losing pitcher.[4]

The game was originally scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, July 22, but heavy rains forced its postponement to the following afternoon.[5][6] The 1969 contest remains the last All-Star Game to date to be played earlier than prime time in the Eastern United States.

President Richard Nixon had planned to attend the game and throw out the first ball on Tuesday night and then depart for the splashdown of Apollo 11 in the Pacific Ocean.[5] With the postponement until Wednesday afternoon, he missed the game.[6]

Game summary

After scoring in the first inning on an error, the National League made it 3–0 in the second inning against AL starter Mel Stottlemyre on a two-run homer by Reds' catcher Johnny Bench. Denny McLain was scheduled as the American League starter, but was late arriving to the stadium (via his own airplane) and pitched later in the game.[3]

Five more runs came across for the NL in the third inning, Blue Moon Odom of Oakland surrendering all. Willie McCovey's two-run homer and back-to-back doubles by Félix Millán and pitcher Steve Carlton were the key blows.[4]

McCovey added another home run in the fourth,[7] and was voted the game's most valuable player.

Starting lineup

National LeagueAmerican League
1Matty AlouPiratesOF1Rod CarewTwins2B
2Don KessingerCubsSS2Reggie JacksonAthleticsOF
3Hank AaronBravesOF3Frank RobinsonOriolesOF
4Willie McCoveyGiants1B4Boog PowellOrioles1B
5Ron SantoCubs3B5Frank HowardSenatorsOF
6Cleon JonesMetsOF6Sal BandoAthletics3B
7Johnny BenchRedsC7Rico PetrocelliRed SoxSS
8Félix MillánBraves2B8Bill FreehanTigersC
9Steve CarltonCardinalsP9Mel StottlemyreYankeesP


American League


RHRay CulpBoston Red Sox
LHDarold KnowlesWashington Senators
LHMickey LolichDetroit Tigers Did not pitch
LHSam McDowell Cleveland Indians
RHDenny McLainDetroit Tigers
RHDave McNallyBaltimore Orioles
RHBlue Moon OdomOakland Athletics

Position players

CEllie RodríguezKansas City RoyalsDid not play
CJohnny RoseboroMinnesota Twins
1BDon Mincher Seattle Pilots Replaced Mike Hegan
1BHarmon Killebrew Minnesota Twins
2BMike AndrewsBoston Red SoxReplaced Davey Johnson
2BDavey JohnsonBaltimore OriolesInjured, did not play
3BBrooks RobinsonBaltimore Orioles
SSJim FregosiCalifornia Angels
OFPaul BlairBaltimore Orioles
OFMike HeganSeattle PilotsInjured, did not play
OFCarlos MayChicago White Sox
OFTony OlivaMinnesota TwinsInjured, did not play
OFReggie SmithBoston Red Sox
OFRoy WhiteNew York Yankees
OFCarl YastrzemskiBoston Red Sox

National League


RHLarry DierkerHouston Astros
RHBob GibsonSt. Louis Cardinals
LHGrant JacksonPhiladelphia Phillies Did not pitch
RHJerry KoosmanNew York Mets
RHJuan Marichal San Francisco Giants Did not pitch
RHPhil NiekroAtlanta Braves
RHTom SeaverNew York Mets
RHBill SingerLos Angeles Dodgers

Position players

C Chris CannizzaroSan Diego PadresDid not play
CRandy HundleyChicago Cubs
1BErnie Banks Chicago Cubs
1BLee May Cincinnati Reds
2BGlenn Beckert Chicago Cubs
3BTony PérezCincinnati Reds
SSDenis Menke Houston Astros
OFRoberto ClementePittsburgh Pirates
OFPete Rose Cincinnati Reds
OFRusty StaubMontreal Expos Did not play


Position Umpire
Home Plate Red Flaherty
First Base Augie Donatelli
Second Base Bob Stewart
Third Base Tom Gorman
Left Field Marty Springstead
Right Field Tony Venzon


  1. 1 2 3 http://www.baseball-almanac.com/asgbox/yr1969as.shtml
  2. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1103141/
  3. 1 2 Langford, George (July 24, 1969). "National League wins 7th in a row, 9-3". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, section 3.
  4. 1 2 Loomis, Tom (July 24, 1969). "Victory only mirage for AL stars". Toledo Blade. p. 40.
  5. 1 2 Langford, George (July 23, 1969). "All-Star Game rained out". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, section 3.
  6. 1 2 "All-Star Game rained out; rescheduled this morning". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. July 23, 1969. p. 16.
  7. "McCovey's two homers pace National to triumph". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. July 23, 1969. p. 1B.

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