1971 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
|Date||July 13, 1971|
|MVP||Frank Robinson (BAL)|
|First pitch||Charlie Gehringer|
|TV announcers||Curt Gowdy and Tony Kubek|
|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. 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.
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 1963–1982, the American League would go 1–19; 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.
|LH||Steve Carlton||St. Louis Cardinals||did not pitch|
|RH||Clay Carroll||Cincinnati Reds|
|RH||Larry Dierker||Houston Astros||injured|
|RH||Dock Ellis||Pittsburgh Pirates||starting pitcher|
|RH||Ferguson Jenkins||Chicago Cubs|
|RH||Juan Marichal||San Francisco Giants|
|RH||Tom Seaver||New York Mets||did not pitch|
|RH||Don Wilson||Houston Astros|
|RH||Rick Wise||Philadelphia Phillies||did not pitch|
Reserve position players
|C||Manny Sanguillén||Pittsburgh Pirates||did not play|
|1B||Nate Colbert||San Diego Padres|
|1B||Lee May||Cincinnati Reds|
|2B||Félix Millán||Atlanta Braves|
|3B||Ron Santo||Chicago Cubs|
|SS||Don Kessinger||Chicago Cubs|
|OF||Bobby Bonds||San Francisco Giants|
|OF||Lou Brock||St. Louis Cardinals|
|OF||Roberto Clemente||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|OF||Willie Davis||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|OF||Pete Rose||Cincinnati Reds|
|OF||Rusty Staub||Montréal Expos||did not play|
|Manager||Sparky Anderson||Cincinnati Reds|
|Coach||Walter Alston||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Coach||Preston Gómez||San Diego Padres|
|Coach||Danny Murtaugh||Pittsburgh Pirates|
American League roster
|C||Ray Fosse||Cleveland Indians||injured|
|1B||Boog Powell||Baltimore Orioles||did not play|
|2B||Rod Carew||Minnesota Twins|
|3B||Brooks Robinson||Baltimore Orioles|
|SS||Luis Aparicio||Boston Red Sox|
|OF||Tony Oliva||Minnesota Twins||injured|
|OF||Frank Robinson||Baltimore Orioles|
|OF||Carl Yastrzemski||Boston Red Sox|
|LH||Vida Blue||Oakland Athletics||starting pitcher|
|LH||Mike Cuellar||Baltimore Orioles|
|LH||Mickey Lolich||Detroit Tigers|
|LH||Sam McDowell||Cleveland Indians||injured|
|RH||Andy Messersmith||California Angels||did not pitch|
|RH||Jim Palmer||Baltimore Orioles|
|RH||Marty Pattin||Milwaukee Brewers||did not pitch|
|RH||Jim Perry||Minnesota Twins||did not pitch|
|RH||Sonny Siebert||Boston Red Sox||did not pitch|
|LH||Wilbur Wood||Chicago White Sox||did not pitch|
Reserve position players
|C||Dave Duncan||Oakland Athletics||did not play|
|C||Bill Freehan||Detroit Tigers||started for Fosse|
|1B||Norm Cash||Detroit Tigers||started for Powell|
|2B||Cookie Rojas||Kansas City Royals|
|3B||Harmon Killebrew||Minnesota Twins|
|3B||Bill Melton||Chicago White Sox||did not play|
|OF||Don Buford||Baltimore Orioles|
|OF||Frank Howard||Washington Senators|
|OF||Reggie Jackson||Oakland Athletics|
|OF||Al Kaline||Detroit Tigers|
|OF||Bobby Murcer||New York Yankees||started for Oliva|
|OF||Amos Otis||Kansas City Royals|
|Manager||Earl Weaver||Baltimore Orioles|
|Coach||Billy Hunter||Baltimore Orioles|
|Coach||Billy Martin||Detroit Tigers|
|National League||American League|
|1||Willie Mays||San Francisco Giants||CF||1||Rod Carew||Minnesota Twins||2B|
|2||Hank Aaron||Atlanta Braves||RF||2||Bobby Murcer||New York Yankees||CF|
|3||Joe Torre||St. Louis Cardinals||3B||3||Carl Yastrzemski||Boston Red Sox||LF|
|4||Willie Stargell||Pittsburgh Pirates||LF||4||Frank Robinson||Baltimore Orioles||RF|
|5||Willie McCovey||San Francisco Giants||1B||5||Norm Cash||Detroit Tigers||1B|
|6||Johnny Bench||Cincinnati Reds||C||6||Brooks Robinson||Baltimore Orioles||3B|
|7||Glenn Beckert||Chicago Cubs||2B||7||Bill Freehan||Detroit Tigers||C|
|8||Bud Harrelson||New York Mets||SS||8||Luis Aparicio||Boston Red Sox||SS|
|9||Dock Ellis||Pittsburgh Pirates||P||9||Vida Blue||Oakland Athletics||P|
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.
|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)|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Game notes and records
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.
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.
- Total Baseball, 5th ed., 1997, Viking Press, Thorn, John et al. ed, p. 253
- All-Time All-Star Managers, mlb.com; accessed 20 September 2008
- 1971 All-Star Game, baseball-almanac.com; accessed 21 September 2008
- All-Star Game Results-1971, mlb.com; accessed 20 September 2008
- 1971 All-Star Game Box Score, baseball-almanac.com; accessed 21 September 2008
- 1971 All-Star Game Play-by-Play, @baseball-almanac.com; accessed 21 September 2008
- All-Star Game Results-1972, mlb.com; accessed 20 September 2008
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.
- 1971 All-Star Game summary
- 1971 All-Star Game box score
- 1971 All-Star Game play-by-play
- 1971 All-Star Game results @mlb.com