1971 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

1971 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
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National League 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 5 0
American League 0 0 4 0 0 2 0 0 X 6 7 0
Date July 13, 1971[1]
Venue Tiger Stadium[1]
City Detroit
MVP Frank Robinson[3] (BAL)
Attendance 53,559[1]
First pitch Charlie Gehringer
Television NBC
TV announcers Curt Gowdy and Tony Kubek
Radio NBC
Radio announcers Jim Simpson and Sandy Koufax

The 1971 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the 42nd such game, was played on July 13, 1971.[1] The all-stars from the American League and the National League faced each other at Tiger Stadium, home of the Detroit Tigers. The American League won by a score of 6-4.[1]

This was the third time that the Tigers had hosted the All-Star Game (at the previous two in 1941 and 1951, Tiger Stadium had been called Briggs Stadium). This would be the last time Tiger Stadium hosted the All-Star Game, as when it returned to Detroit in 2005, the Tigers had moved to their new home at Comerica Park.

This was the first American League win since the second All-Star Game of 1962, and would be their last until the 54th All-Star Game in 1983. Over the twenty game stretch from 19631982, the American League would go 119; the worst stretch for either league in the history of the exhibition.

National League roster

The National League roster included 15 future Hall of Fame players and coaches.[3][4]

Elected starters

CJohnny BenchCincinnati Reds
1BWillie McCoveySan Francisco Giants
2BGlenn BeckertChicago Cubs
3BJoe TorreSt. Louis Cardinals
SSBud HarrelsonNew York Mets
OFHank AaronAtlanta Braves
OFWillie MaysSan Francisco Giants
OFWillie StargellPittsburgh Pirates


LHSteve CarltonSt. Louis Cardinalsdid not pitch
RHClay CarrollCincinnati Reds
RHLarry DierkerHouston Astrosinjured
RHDock EllisPittsburgh Piratesstarting pitcher
RHFerguson JenkinsChicago Cubs
RHJuan MarichalSan Francisco Giants
RHTom SeaverNew York Metsdid not pitch
RHDon WilsonHouston Astros
RHRick WisePhiladelphia Philliesdid not pitch

Reserve position players

CManny SanguillénPittsburgh Piratesdid not play
1BNate ColbertSan Diego Padres
1BLee MayCincinnati Reds
2BFélix MillánAtlanta Braves
3BRon SantoChicago Cubs
SSDon KessingerChicago Cubs
OFBobby BondsSan Francisco Giants
OFLou BrockSt. Louis Cardinals
OFRoberto ClementePittsburgh Pirates
OFWillie DavisLos Angeles Dodgers
OFPete RoseCincinnati Reds
OFRusty StaubMontréal Exposdid not play

Coaching staff

ManagerSparky AndersonCincinnati Reds
CoachWalter AlstonLos Angeles Dodgers
CoachPreston GómezSan Diego Padres
CoachDanny MurtaughPittsburgh Pirates

American League roster

The American League squad featured ten future Hall of Fame players and coaches.[3][4]

Elected Starters

CRay FosseCleveland Indiansinjured
1BBoog PowellBaltimore Oriolesdid not play
2BRod CarewMinnesota Twins
3BBrooks RobinsonBaltimore Orioles
SSLuis AparicioBoston Red Sox
OFTony OlivaMinnesota Twinsinjured
OFFrank RobinsonBaltimore Orioles
OFCarl YastrzemskiBoston Red Sox


LHVida BlueOakland Athleticsstarting pitcher
LHMike CuellarBaltimore Orioles
LHMickey LolichDetroit Tigers
LHSam McDowellCleveland Indiansinjured
RHAndy MessersmithCalifornia Angelsdid not pitch
RHJim PalmerBaltimore Orioles
RHMarty PattinMilwaukee Brewersdid not pitch
RHJim PerryMinnesota Twinsdid not pitch
RHSonny SiebertBoston Red Soxdid not pitch
LHWilbur WoodChicago White Soxdid not pitch

Reserve position players

CDave DuncanOakland Athleticsdid not play
CBill FreehanDetroit Tigersstarted for Fosse
1BNorm CashDetroit Tigersstarted for Powell
2BCookie RojasKansas City Royals
3BHarmon KillebrewMinnesota Twins
3BBill MeltonChicago White Soxdid not play
OFDon BufordBaltimore Orioles
OFFrank HowardWashington Senators
OFReggie JacksonOakland Athletics
OFAl KalineDetroit Tigers
OFBobby MurcerNew York Yankeesstarted for Oliva
OFAmos OtisKansas City Royals

Coaching staff

ManagerEarl WeaverBaltimore Orioles
CoachBilly HunterBaltimore Orioles
CoachBilly MartinDetroit Tigers

Starting lineups

While the starters were elected by the fans, the batting orders and starting pitchers were selected by the managers.[3]

National LeagueAmerican League
1Willie MaysSan Francisco GiantsCF1Rod CarewMinnesota Twins2B
2Hank AaronAtlanta BravesRF2Bobby MurcerNew York YankeesCF
3Joe TorreSt. Louis Cardinals3B3Carl YastrzemskiBoston Red SoxLF
4Willie StargellPittsburgh PiratesLF4Frank RobinsonBaltimore OriolesRF
5Willie McCoveySan Francisco Giants1B5Norm CashDetroit Tigers1B
6Johnny BenchCincinnati RedsC6Brooks RobinsonBaltimore Orioles3B
7Glenn BeckertChicago Cubs2B7Bill FreehanDetroit TigersC
8Bud HarrelsonNew York MetsSS8Luis AparicioBoston Red SoxSS
9Dock EllisPittsburgh PiratesP9Vida BlueOakland AthleticsP


Jake O'Donnell would retire from umpiring after the 1971 season, after only three years on the job, but would go on to work as a long time referee in the NBA. His work in this game makes him the only person to officiate in a Major League Baseball All-Star Game, and an NBA All-Star Game.

Position Umpire[5]
Home Plate Frank Umont (AL)
First Base Paul Pryor (NL)
Second Base Jake O'Donnell (AL)
Third Base Doug Harvey (NL)
Left Field Don Denkinger (AL)
Right Field Nick Colosi (NL)

Scoring summary

The NL opened the scoring off of AL starter Vida Blue in the second inning. Willie Stargell was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Two batters later, with one out, Johnny Bench hit a two-run home run.[1][6]

In the third inning, Hank Aaron launched a two out solo home run (his first career All-Star Game home run) off of Blue to give the NL a 3-0 lead.[1][6]

The AL responded in the bottom of the third inning. With Dock Ellis still pitching for the NL, Luis Aparicio singled to lead off the inning. Reggie Jackson was sent up to pinch hit for the pitcher, Vida Blue, and hit a two run home run. Rod Carew walked. Three batters later, with two outs, Frank Robinson hit a two run home run to give the AL a 4-3 lead.[1][6]

In the bottom of the sixth, Ferguson Jenkins, pitching in a relief role for the National League, gave up a single to Al Kaline. The next batter, Harmon Killebrew, launched the third two run home run of the game for the American League.[1][6]

In the top of the eighth, Mickey Lolich of the home town Tigers came in to pitch. In what would be his final All-Star Game at-bat, Roberto Clemente hit a solo home run as the second batter of the inning.[1][6]

Game notes and records

Vida Blue was credited with the win. Dock Ellis was credited with the loss. Mickey Lolich was credited with the save.[5]

All of the scoring came via the home run, all six home runs hit in the game and all the runs scored were by future Hall of Fame players. The six total home runs hit by both teams tied an All-Star Game record.[4]

Frank Robinson became the first player in All-Star Game history to hit home runs for both leagues over the course of his career.[1]

Reggie Jackson's home run is described as "especially memorable", as it hit one of the light standards on the roof of the stadium, credibly estimated to have landed 520 feet from home plate.[4]

Roberto Clemente would be named to the 1972 National League squad, but would be replaced due to injury. This game marked his final All-Star Game appearance.[7]

A total of 26 future Hall of Famers were present for this game: 21 players, both managers, National League coach Walt Alston, Hall of Fame umpire Doug Harvey, and future Hall of Fame manager Joe Torre.


Thurman Munson of the New York Yankees entered the game in the top of the ninth as the American League Catcher.


Yankee catcher, Thurman Munson, did not hit but came in to catch in the top of the eighth inning.

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