1997 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

1997 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National League 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 0
American League 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 7 0
Date July 8, 1997
Venue Jacobs Field
City Cleveland, Ohio
MVP Sandy Alomar, Jr. (CLE)
Attendance 44,916
First pitch Larry Doby
Television Fox
TV announcers Joe Buck, Tim McCarver and Bob Brenly
Radio CBS
Radio announcers John Rooney, Jerry Coleman and Jeff Torborg

The 1997 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 68th 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 8, 1997 at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio, the home of the Cleveland Indians of the American League. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 3-1.


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

National League

PositionPlayerTeamAll-Star Games
CMike PiazzaDodgers5
1BJeff BagwellAstros3
2BCraig BiggioAstros6
3BKen CaminitiPadres3
SSBarry Larkin[1]Reds9
OFBarry BondsGiants7
OFKenny Lofton[1]Braves4
OFLarry WalkerRockies2
DHTony GwynnPadres13
PositionPlayerTeamAll-Star Games
PRod BeckGiants3
PKevin BrownMarlins3
PShawn EstesGiants1
PTom Glavine[1]Braves5
PBobby JonesMets1
PDarryl KileAstros2
PGreg MadduxBraves6
PPedro MartínezExpos2
PDenny NeagleBraves2
PCurt SchillingPhillies1
PositionPlayerTeamAll-Star Games
CTodd Hundley[1]Mets2
CCharles JohnsonMarlins1
CJavy LópezBraves1
1BAndrés GalarragaRockies3
1BMark GraceCubs3
2BTony WomackPirates1
3BChipper JonesBraves2
SSJeff BlauserBraves2
SSRoyce ClaytonCardinals1
OFMoisés AlouMarlins2
OFSteve FinleyPadres1
OFRay LankfordCardinals1

American League

PositionPlayerTeamAll-Star Games
CIván RodríguezRangers6
1BTino MartinezYankees2
2BRoberto AlomarOrioles8
3BCal Ripken, Jr.Orioles15
SSAlex RodriguezMariners2
OFBrady AndersonOrioles3
OFKen Griffey Jr.Mariners8
OFDavid Justice[1]Indians3
DHEdgar MartínezMariners4
PositionPlayerTeamAll-Star Games
PRoger ClemensBlue Jays6
PDavid ConeYankees4
PJason DicksonAngels1
PPat HentgenBlue Jays3
PRandy JohnsonMariners5
PMike MussinaOrioles4
PRandy MyersOrioles4
PMariano RiveraYankees1
PJosé RosadoRoyals1
PJustin ThompsonTigers1
PositionPlayerTeamAll-Star Games
CSandy Alomar, Jr.Indians5
1BMark McGwireAthletics9
1BFrank Thomas[1]White Sox5
1BJim ThomeIndians1
2BJoey CoraMariners1
2BChuck KnoblauchTwins4
3BJeff CirilloBrewers1
SSNomar GarciaparraRed Sox1
OFAlbert BelleWhite Sox5
OFPaul O'NeillYankees4
OFBernie WilliamsYankees1



Home Plate Larry Barnett
First Base Gerry Davis
Second Base Drew Coble
Third Base Jeff Kellogg
Left Field Terry Craft
Right Field Wally Bell

Starting lineups

National LeagueAmerican League
1Craig BiggioAstros2B1Brady AndersonOriolesLF
2Tony GwynnPadresDH2Alex RodriguezMarinersSS
3Barry BondsGiantsLF3Ken Griffey Jr.MarinersCF
4Mike PiazzaDodgersC4Tino MartinezYankees1B
5Jeff BagwellAstros1B5Edgar MartínezMarinersDH
6Larry WalkerRockiesRF6Paul O'NeillYankeesRF
7Ken CaminitiPadres3B7Cal Ripken, Jr.Orioles3B
8Ray LankfordCardinalsCF8Iván RodríguezRangersC
9Jeff BlauserBravesSS9Roberto AlomarOrioles2B
Greg MadduxBravesP Randy JohnsonMarinersP

Game summary

The American League jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning led by a home run by Edgar Martínez of the Seattle Mariners. No one would score after that until the 7th inning when Javy López of the Atlanta Braves would tie the game with a home run of his own. However, in the bottom of the 7th, Sandy Alomar, Jr. of the Cleveland Indians hit a two-run home run to give the American League the lead and the win, as they held on to defeat the National League 3-1 and Alomar became the first player in All-Star Game history to win All-Star Game MVP as a member of the host team.

The loudest ovation of the All-Star Game, which came early in the player introductions, was reserved for Kenny Lofton, whom the Indians had traded to the Atlanta Braves prior to the start of the 1997 season. Lofton was on the National League roster, but was injured and did not play. Also in the pregame ceremonies, Albert Belle, who was representing the Chicago White Sox, was booed for leaving the Indians as a free agent the previous winter.

Unlike past years, the performance of O Canada, this year by the McAuley Boys, was not televised. Instead, the Fox network, airing its first All-Star Game, went into a commercial break, resulting in angry phone calls from Canadian television viewers. The Canadian National Anthem was later shown on tape delay after the game in the Cleveland area. Country star LeAnn Rimes sang the National Anthem following the commercial break. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of baseball's breaking of the color barrier, the ceremonial first pitch featured former Indian Larry Doby, the first African-American player to play in the American League.

After the game, Major League Baseball CEO Paul Beeston presented Alomar with the All-Star Game MVP Award in lieu of the Commissioner of Baseball, who would not be named until after the next All-Star Game, when then-Chairman of the Executive Committee Bud Selig was officially named Commissioner.

This game was the last time the Milwaukee Brewers were represented as a team from the American League. The Brewers switched over to the National League for the 1998 season as a result of the expansion franchises in Arizona and Tampa.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National League 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 0
American League 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 - 3 7 0
WP: José Rosado (1-0)   LP: Shawn Estes (0-1)   Sv: Mariano Rivera (1)
Home runs:
NL: Javy López (1)
AL: Edgar Martínez (1), Sandy Alomar, Jr. (1)

Footnotes and references

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Player declined or was unable to play.

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