1981 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

1981 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National League 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 0 5 9 1
American League 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 4 11 1
Date August 9, 1981
Venue Cleveland Stadium
City Cleveland, Ohio
MVP Gary Carter (MON)
Attendance 72,086
First pitch George H. W. Bush
Television NBC
TV announcers Joe Garagiola and Tony Kubek
Radio CBS
Radio announcers Vin Scully, Win Elliott and Herb Score

The 1981 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 52nd 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 August 9, 1981, at Cleveland Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, the home of the Cleveland Indians of the American League. The game was originally to be played on July 14, but was cancelled due to the players' strike lasting from June 12 to July 31. It was then brought back as a prelude to the second half of the season, which began the following day. At 72,086 people in attendance, this game set the record for the highest attendance in an All Star Game, which still stands today.

Cleveland Stadium set a new All-Star Game record by hosting its fourth (and ultimately, final) Midsummer Classic. By the time Indians played host to the All-Star Game for the fifth time in 1997, they had moved to Jacobs Field.


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

National League

PositionPlayerTeamAll-Star Games
PFernando ValenzuelaDodgers1
CGary CarterExpos4
1BPete RosePhillies15
2BDavey LopesDodgers4
3BMike SchmidtPhillies6
SSDave ConcepciónReds8
OFAndre DawsonExpos1
OFGeorge FosterReds5
OFDave ParkerPirates4
PositionPlayerTeamAll-Star Games
PVida BlueGiants6
PSteve CarltonPhillies9
PBurt HootonDodgers1
PBob KnepperAstros1
PDick RuthvenPhillies2
PNolan RyanAstros6
PTom SeaverReds12
PBruce SutterCardinals5
PositionPlayerTeamAll-Star Games
CBruce BenedictBraves1
CTerry KennedyPadres1
1BBill BucknerCubs1
1BSteve GarveyDodgers8
2BPhil GarnerPirates3
2BManny TrilloPhillies2
3BBill MadlockPirates2
SSOzzie SmithPadres1
OFDusty BakerDodgers1
OFMike EaslerPirates1
OFPedro GuerreroDodgers1
OFTim RainesExpos1
OFJoel YoungbloodMets1

American League

PositionPlayerTeamAll-Star Games
PJack MorrisTigers1
CCarlton FiskWhite Sox8
1BRod CarewAngels15
2BWillie RandolphYankees4
3BGeorge BrettRoyals6
SSBucky DentYankees3
OFReggie JacksonYankees11
OFKen SingletonOrioles3
OFDave WinfieldYankees5
PositionPlayerTeamAll-Star Games
PLen BarkerIndians1
PBritt BurnsWhite Sox1
PDoug CorbettTwins1
PRon DavisYankees1
PRollie FingersBrewers6
PKen ForschAngels2
PRich Gossage[1]Yankees6
PScott McGregorOrioles1
PMike NorrisAthletics1
PDave StiebBlue Jays2
PositionPlayerTeamAll-Star Games
CBo DíazIndians1
CTed SimmonsBrewers7
1BEddie MurrayOrioles2
1BAl OliverRangers5
2BFrank WhiteRoyals3
3BBuddy BellRangers3
SSRick BurlesonAngels4
OFTony ArmasAthletics1
OFDwight EvansRed Sox2
OFFred LynnAngels7
OFTom PaciorekMariners1
OFGorman ThomasBrewers1



Home plate Bill Haller
First base Ed Vargo
Second base Lou DiMuro
Third base Bob Engel
Left field Greg Kosc
Right field Jim Quick

Starting lineups

National LeagueAmerican League
1Pete RosePhillies1B1Rod CarewAngels1B
2Dave ConcepciónRedsSS2Willie RandolphYankees2B
3Dave ParkerPiratesRF3George BrettRoyals3B
4Mike SchmidtPhillies3B4Dave WinfieldYankeesCF
5George FosterRedsLF5Ken SingletonOriolesLF
6Andre DawsonExposCF6Reggie JacksonYankeesRF
7Gary CarterExposC7Carlton FiskWhite SoxC
8Davey LopesDodgers2B8Bucky DentYankeesSS
9Fernando ValenzuelaDodgersP9Jack MorrisTigersP

Game summary

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National League 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 0 5 9 1
American League 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 4 11 1
WP: Vida Blue (1-0)   LP: Rollie Fingers (0-1)   Sv: Bruce Sutter (1)
Home runs:
NL: Gary Carter 2 (1, 2), Dave Parker (1), Mike Schmidt (1)
AL: Ken Singleton (1)

The American League started with four shutout innings, two apiece by starter Jack Morris and Len Barker. Meanwhile, Fernando Valenzuela, only the second rookie pitcher to start an All-Star Game, pitched a scoreless first with two strikeouts. The AL got on the board in the second when Ken Singleton homered off Tom Seaver.

Gary Carter broke the scoring drought for the NL and tied the game with a solo shot off Ken Forsch in the fifth. Dave Parker gave the senior circuit the lead with a solo homer of his own in the sixth off Mike Norris.

Burt Hooton came in for the NL in the AL-half of the sixth and promptly loaded the bases on three successive singles by Singleton, Dwight Evans, and Carlton Fisk. Fred Lynn lined another single, but only Singleton came home to tie it at 2-2. Buddy Bell followed with a sacrifice fly to give the AL a 3-2 lead. Eddie Murray then bounced what looked to be a double-play grounder to Steve Garvey at first, but Garvey's low throw combined with a great play by Ozzie Smith at second and a rolling slide by Lynn resulted in only a force at second. Fisk went to third and Ted Simmons singled him in to make it 4-2. Al Oliver then lifted a bloop fly ball to left that looked like it would drop, but Dusty Baker hustled in and made a sliding catch for the third out, saving a run and possibly more.

In the seventh, Carter got one of the runs back with his second solo homer off Ron Davis. Then, in the eighth, Rollie Fingers walked Ozzie Smith. Smith stole second and attempted to take third when Bo Díaz' throw went into center field. Dave Winfield hustled the ball back to the infield and Smith was caught in a rundown and tagged out by Fingers. Mike Easler walked and Mike Schmidt homered off Fingers to give the National League their winning runs.

Footnotes and references

  1. Player declined or was unable to play.

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