1996 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

1996 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
American League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
National League 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 x 6 12 1
Date July 9, 1996
Venue Veterans Stadium
City Philadelphia
MVP Mike Piazza (LA)
Attendance 62,670
First pitch Mike Schmidt, Richie Ashburn, Jim Bunning, Steve Carlton and Robin Roberts
Television NBC
TV announcers Bob Costas, Joe Morgan and Bob Uecker
Radio CBS
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, the home of the Philadelphia Phillies of the National League. This 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. His first at-bat was greeted by chants of "Oz-zie, Oz-zie" from the Philadelphia crowd. Iron Man Cal Ripken, Jr., who was in the midst of his record-breaking run of consecutive games played, broke his nose during the pre-game AL team picture.[1] However, he was ready to go at game time and started at SS.

During the pregame ceremonies, Kelsey Grammer of Frasier sang the American National Anthem and Canadian singer Sarah McLachlan sang the Canadian National Anthem. U.S. Congressman Jim Bunning (who was elected to the baseball hall-of-fame in 1996) joined other Phillies' hall of fame alumni Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton, Richie Ashburn and Robin Roberts in tossing the ceremonial first pitches.

Joe Carter, the Toronto Blue Jays representative to the All-Star Game, received good-natured boos from the crowd for his home run that ended the 1993 World Series.[2][3][4]

The game resulted in the National League defeating the American League 6–0. The National League would not win another All-Star Game until 2010.

After the game, then-Chairman of the Executive Committee Bud Selig presented the All-Star Game MVP Award to Mike Piazza. 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.

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.


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

American League

Elected starters
PositionPlayerTeamAll-Star Games
CIván RodríguezRangers5
1BFrank Thomas[5]White Sox4
2BRoberto AlomarOrioles6
3BWade BoggsYankees12
SSCal Ripken, Jr.Orioles14
OFAlbert BelleIndians4
OFKen Griffey Jr.[5]Mariners7
OFKenny LoftonIndians3
PositionPlayerTeamAll-Star Games
PChuck FinleyAngels4
PRoberto HernándezWhite Sox1
PJosé MesaIndians2
PJeff MontgomeryRoyals3
PCharles NagyIndians2
PRoger PavlikRangers1
PTroy PercivalAngels1
PAndy PettitteYankees1
PJohn WettelandYankees1
PositionPlayerTeamAll-Star Games
CSandy Alomar, Jr.Indians4
CDan WilsonMariners1
1BMark McGwireAthletics8
1BMo VaughnRed Sox2
2BChuck KnoblauchTwins3
3BTravis FrymanTigers4
SSAlex RodriguezMariners1
OFBrady AndersonOrioles2
OFJay BuhnerMariners1
OFJoe CarterBlue Jays5
OFGreg VaughnBrewers2
DHEdgar MartínezMariners3

National League

Elected starters
PositionPlayerTeamAll-Star Games
CMike PiazzaDodgers3
1BFred McGriffBraves4
2BCraig BiggioAstros5
3BMatt Williams[5]Giants4
SSBarry LarkinReds8
OFDante BichetteRockies3
OFBarry BondsGiants6
OFTony Gwynn[5]Padres12
PositionPlayerTeamAll-Star Games
PRicky BottalicoPhillies1
PKevin BrownMarlins2
PTom GlavineBraves4
PAl LeiterMarlins1
PGreg MadduxBraves5
PPedro MartínezExpos1
PJohn SmoltzBraves4
PSteve TrachselCubs1
PMark WohlersBraves1
PTodd WorrellDodgers3
PositionPlayerTeamAll-Star Games
CTodd HundleyMets1
CJason KendallPirates1
1BJeff BagwellAstros2
2BEric YoungRockies1
3BKen CaminitiPadres2
3BChipper JonesBraves1
SSMark GrudzielanekExpos1
SSOzzie SmithCardinals15
OFEllis BurksRockies2
OFLance JohnsonMets1
OFHenry RodríguezExpos1
OFGary SheffieldMarlins3



Home Plate Randy Marsh
First Base Larry McCoy
Second Base Charlie Reliford
Third Base Joe Brinkman
Left Field Larry Poncino
Right Field Chuck Meriwether

Starting lineups

American LeagueNational League
1Kenny LoftonIndiansCF1Lance JohnsonMetsCF
2Wade BoggsYankees3B2Barry LarkinRedsSS
3Roberto AlomarOrioles2B3Barry BondsGiantsLF
4Albert BelleIndiansLF4Fred McGriffBraves1B
5Mo VaughnRed Sox1B5Mike PiazzaDodgersC
6Iván RodríguezRangersC6Dante BichetteRockiesRF
7Cal Ripken, Jr.OriolesSS7Chipper JonesBraves3B
8Brady AndersonOriolesRF8Craig BiggioAstros2B
9Charles NagyIndiansP9John SmoltzBravesP

Game summary

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
American League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
National League 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 - 6 12 1
WP: John Smoltz (1–0)   LP: Charles Nagy (0–1)
Home runs:
AL: None
NL: Ken Caminiti (1), Mike Piazza (1)


  1. Chass, Murray (July 10, 1996). "BASEBALL;National League Subs Top American League's Best". New York Times. p. B13.
  2. Carchidi, Sam (July 9, 1996). "Carter Likes Even the Boos at the Vet". Philadelphia Inquirer. p. D6.
  3. Bodley, Hal (July 10, 1996). "To Phillie fans, Carter still Public Enemy No. 1". USA Today. p. 3C. Joe Carter...walked out onto the sizzling Veterans Stadium turf...held his head high...and heard the boos even before he was introduced. Hard-core Philly baseball fans...(will) never forgive Carter for the dramatic ninth-inning home run that won the 1993 World Series.
  4. Griffin, Richard (July 9, 1996). "This time, Phillies pitcher shuts down Carter". Toronto Star. p. C3. As Carter took his first swing and the on-field introduction was made, the boos rained down.
  5. 1 2 3 4 Player declined or was unable to play.

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