1971 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
|Date||July 13, 1971|
|MVP||Frank Robinson (BAL)|
|Ceremonial 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 edition, was played on Tuesday, July 13. The all-stars from the American League and the National League faced each other at Tiger Stadium, home of the Detroit Tigers, and the home team AL won 6–4.
This was the third time that the Tigers had hosted the All-Star Game (1941, 1951); the same venue was previously known as Briggs Stadium. It was the second All-Star Game played at night, the first in prime-time in an American League park, and the last in Tiger Stadium. When it returned 34 years later in 2005, it was at Comerica Park, the Tigers' home since 2000.
It was the American League's first win since the second game of 1962, and was their last until 1983. Over the twenty game stretch from 1963–1982, the AL was 1–19 (.050), the worst run for either league in the history of the exhibition.
National League roster
|C||Johnny Bench||Cincinnati Reds|
|1B||Willie McCovey||San Francisco Giants|
|2B||Glenn Beckert||Chicago Cubs|
|3B||Joe Torre||St. Louis Cardinals|
|SS||Bud Harrelson||New York Mets|
|OF||Hank Aaron||Atlanta Braves|
|OF||Willie Mays||San Francisco Giants|
|OF||Willie Stargell||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|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||Montreal 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|
While the starters were elected by the fans, the batting orders and starting pitchers were selected by the managers.
|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 retired from umpiring after the 1971 season, after only three years on the job, but would go on to work through 1995 as a referee in the NBA, earning assignment to every NBA Finals between 1972 and 1994. 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.
Coincidentally, Denkinger wore uniform number 11 from 1980-98, the same number O'Donnell wore as an NBA official. The American League did not use uniform numbers for its umpires prior to 1980; the National League began using them in the 1960s.
|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 starter Vida Blue in the top of the second inning. Willie Stargell was hit by a pitch to lead off. With one out, 23-year-old catcher Johnny Bench hit a two-run home run into the upper deck in deep right center. In the top of the third inning, Hank Aaron launched a two-out solo home run (his first career All-Star Game extra-base hit ) into the upper deck in right 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, Luis Aparicio singled to center to lead off the inning, and Reggie Jackson pinch-hit for pitcher Blue. On a 1–2 count, Jackson crushed a two-run home run high off the light tower atop the right center field roof. Rod Carew walked, Bobby Murcer hit an infield pop fly, which drifted and was caught near first base by third baseman Joe Torre. Carl Yastrzemski flew out to left field, held up in the wind and caught by shortstop Bud Harrelson. With two outs, Frank Robinson hit a two-run home run to right to give the AL a 4–3 lead, then Norm Cash was caught looking.
In the bottom of the sixth, Cubs' pitcher Ferguson Jenkins gave up a first pitch single to center by Al Kaline of the hometown Tigers. The next batter, Harmon Killebrew, launched the third two-run home run of the game for the American League. This one was pulled to the upper deck in left, against the wind, on a full count. Brooks Robinson singled, but did not advance, as a fly out to center and a 4-6-3 double play ended the inning.
In the top of the eighth, lefthander Mickey Lolich of the Tigers caught Bobby Bonds looking, but next up was Roberto Clemente (1934–1972); in his final All-Star Game at-bat, he launched a 3–1 pitch to the upper deck in deep right center, followed by weak ground outs by Lee May and Ron Santo. In the ninth, Lolich retired the side in order (Lou Brock, Don Kessinger, Bench) for a six-out save.
|WP: Vida Blue (1-0) LP: Dock Ellis (0-1) Sv: Mickey Lolich (1)|
NL: Johnny Bench (1), Hank Aaron (1), Roberto Clemente (1)
AL: Reggie Jackson (1), Frank Robinson (1), Harmon Killebrew (1)
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. Besides the home runs, the National League got singles by Bench and Tommy Davis; the American League got singles by Murcer, Kaline, Aparicio, and Brooks Robinson. All of them, except Davis and Murcer, were eventually inducted in Cooperstown
Frank Robinson became the first player in All-Star Game history to hit home runs for both leagues over the course of his career.
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.
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.
Yankee catcher Thurman Munson came in to catch in the top of the eighth inning, but did not bat.
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.
This was the final All-Star Game in which a majority of players wore uniforms made of wool flannel. In the 1972 All-Star Game at Atlanta, only the Expos, Royals and Yankees were still wearing flannels full-time. Players from the Orioles, Pirates and Cardinals wore polyester uniforms in this All-Star Game.
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