1969 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

1969 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National League 1 2 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 9 11 0
American League 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 2
DateJuly 23, 1969 [1]
VenueRobert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium [1]
CityWashington, D.C.
MVPWillie McCovey (SF)
Ceremonial first pitchVice President Spiro Agnew
TV announcersCurt Gowdy, Tony Kubek,
and Mickey Mantle[2]
Radio announcersJim Simpson and Sandy Koufax

The 1969 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 40th midseason exhibition between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and the National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was played in the afternoon on Wednesday, July 23, at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, D.C. and resulted in a 9–3 victory for the National League.[1][3] Steve Carlton was the winning pitcher while Mel Stottlemyre was the losing pitcher.[4]

The game was originally scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, July 22, but heavy rains forced its postponement to the following afternoon.[5][6] The 1969 contest remains the last All-Star Game to date to be played earlier than prime time in the Eastern United States.

President Richard Nixon originally planned to attend the Tuesday night game and throw out the first ball, and then depart for the splashdown of Apollo 11 in the Pacific Ocean.[5] But with the game's postponement until Wednesday afternoon, Nixon missed the game altogether and Vice President Spiro Agnew attended instead.[6]

Game summary

After scoring in the first inning on an error, the National League made it 3–0 in the second inning against AL starter Mel Stottlemyre on a two-run homer by Reds' catcher Johnny Bench. Denny McLain was scheduled as the American League starter, but was late arriving to the stadium (via his own airplane) and pitched later in the game.[3]

Five more runs came across for the NL in the third inning, Blue Moon Odom of Oakland surrendering all. Willie McCovey's two-run homer and back-to-back doubles by Félix Millán and pitcher Steve Carlton were the key blows.[4]

McCovey added another home run in the fourth,[7] and was voted the game's most valuable player.

Starting lineup

National League American League
Order Player Team Position Order Player Team Position
1 Matty Alou Pirates OF 1 Rod Carew Twins 2B
2 Don Kessinger Cubs SS 2 Reggie Jackson Athletics OF
3 Hank Aaron Braves OF 3 Frank Robinson Orioles OF
4 Willie McCovey Giants 1B 4 Boog Powell Orioles 1B
5 Ron Santo Cubs 3B 5 Frank Howard Senators OF
6 Cleon Jones Mets OF 6 Sal Bando Athletics 3B
7 Johnny Bench Reds C 7 Rico Petrocelli Red Sox SS
8 Félix Millán Braves 2B 8 Bill Freehan Tigers C
9 Steve Carlton Cardinals P 9 Mel Stottlemyre Yankees P


American League


Throws Pitcher Team Notes
RH Ray Culp Boston Red Sox
LH Darold Knowles Washington Senators
LH Mickey Lolich Detroit Tigers Did not pitch
LH Sam McDowell Cleveland Indians
RH Denny McLain Detroit Tigers
LH Dave McNally Baltimore Orioles
RH Blue Moon Odom Oakland Athletics

Position players

Position Player Team Notes
C Ellie Rodríguez Kansas City Royals Did not play
C Johnny Roseboro Minnesota Twins
1B Don Mincher Seattle Pilots Replaced Mike Hegan
1B Harmon Killebrew Minnesota Twins
2B Mike Andrews Boston Red Sox Replaced Davey Johnson
2B Davey Johnson Baltimore Orioles Injured, did not play
3B Brooks Robinson Baltimore Orioles
SS Jim Fregosi California Angels
OF Paul Blair Baltimore Orioles
OF Mike Hegan Seattle Pilots Injured, did not play
OF Carlos May Chicago White Sox
OF Tony Oliva Minnesota Twins Injured, did not play
OF Reggie Smith Boston Red Sox
OF Roy White New York Yankees
OF Carl Yastrzemski Boston Red Sox

National League


Throws Pitcher Team Notes
RH Larry Dierker Houston Astros
RH Bob Gibson St. Louis Cardinals
LH Grant Jackson Philadelphia Phillies Did not pitch
RH Jerry Koosman New York Mets
RH Juan Marichal San Francisco Giants Did not pitch
RH Phil Niekro Atlanta Braves
RH Tom Seaver New York Mets Did not pitch
RH Bill Singer Los Angeles Dodgers

Position players

Position Player Team Notes
C Chris Cannizzaro San Diego Padres Did not play
C Randy Hundley Chicago Cubs
1B Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs
1B Lee May Cincinnati Reds
2B Glenn Beckert Chicago Cubs
3B Tony Pérez Cincinnati Reds
SS Denis Menke Houston Astros
OF Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates
OF Willie Mays San Francisco Giants
OF Pete Rose Cincinnati Reds
OF Rusty Staub Montreal Expos Did not play


Position Umpire
Home Plate Red Flaherty (AL)
First Base Augie Donatelli (NL)
Second Base Bob Stewart (AL)
Third Base Tom Gorman (NL)
Left Field Marty Springstead (AL)
Right Field Tony Venzon (NL)

Line score

Wednesday, July 23, 1969 1:45 pm (ET) at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, D.C.
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National League 1 2 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 9 11 0
American League 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 2
WP: Steve Carlton (1-0)   LP: Mel Stottlemyre (0-1)   Sv: Phil Niekro (1)


  1. ^ a b c http://www.geisleryoung.com/, Geisler Young, LLC -. "1969 All-Star Game". www.baseball-almanac.com.
  2. ^ "1969 MLB All-Star Game". July 23, 1969 – via www.imdb.com.
  3. ^ a b Langford, George (July 24, 1969). "National League wins 7th in a row, 9–3". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, section 3.
  4. ^ a b Loomis, Tom (July 24, 1969). "Victory only mirage for AL stars". Toledo Blade. p. 40.
  5. ^ a b Langford, George (July 23, 1969). "All-Star Game rained out". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, section 3.
  6. ^ a b "All-Star Game rained out; rescheduled this morning". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. July 23, 1969. p. 16.
  7. ^ "McCovey's two homers pace National to triumph". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. July 23, 1969. p. 1B.

External links

1969 Atlanta Braves season

The 1969 Atlanta Braves season was the fourth in Atlanta and the 99th overall season of the franchise. The National League had been split into two divisions before the season, with the Braves somewhat incongruously being assigned to the National League West. The Braves finished with a record of 93–69, winning the first ever NL West division title by three games over the San Francisco Giants.

After the season, the Braves played in the first-ever inter-divisional National League Championship Series. They went on to lose the NLCS to the eventual World Champion New York Mets, three games to none.

1969 Kansas City Royals season

The 1969 Kansas City Royals season was the Royals' inaugural season. The team finished fourth in the newly established American League West with a record of 69 wins and 93 losses.

1969 Los Angeles Dodgers season

The 1969 Los Angeles Dodgers finished in fourth place in the new National League Western Division, eight games behind the Atlanta Braves. The Dodgers' record for 1969 was 85–77, which was nine wins better than 1968.

1969 Montreal Expos season

The 1969 Montreal Expos season was the inaugural season in Major League Baseball for the team. The Expos, as typical for first-year expansion teams, finished in the cellar of the National League East Division with a 52–110 record, 48 games behind the eventual World Series Champion New York Mets. They did not win any game in extra innings during the year, which also featured a surprise no-hitter in just the ninth regular-season game they ever played. Their home attendance of 1,212,608, an average of 14,970 per game, was good for 7th in the N.L.

1969 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 1969 Philadelphia Phillies season was a season in American baseball. The team finished fifth in the newly established National League East with a record of 63–99, 37 games behind the division champion New York Mets, who went on to defeat Baltimore, four games to one, in the World Series. It was also the Phillies' penultimate season at Connie Mack Stadium.

1969 San Diego Padres season

The 1969 San Diego Padres season was the inaugural season in franchise history. They joined the National League along with the Montreal Expos via the 1969 Major League Baseball expansion. In their inaugural season, the Padres went 52–110 (the same record as their expansion counterpart), finishing last in the National League's newly created Western Division, 41 games behind the division champion Atlanta Braves.

1969 Seattle Pilots season

The 1969 Seattle Pilots season was the only season of the Seattle Pilots, a Major League Baseball team. As an expansion team in the American League, along with the Kansas City Royals, the Pilots were placed in the newly established West division. They finished last among the six teams with a record of 64–98 (.395), 33 games behind the division champion Minnesota Twins.

Fewer than 678,000 fans came to see the Pilots, which ranked 20th of the 24 major league teams — a major reason why the team was forced into bankruptcy after only one season. Despite the poor conditions at aging Sick's Stadium, the ticket prices were among the highest in the major leagues. The bankruptcy sale of the team was approved by a federal court in Seattle on March 31, and the team moved to Milwaukee at the end of spring training for the 1970 season and became the Milwaukee Brewers. Milwaukee had lost the Braves to Atlanta after the 1965 season.

A book about the season exists called The 1969 Seattle Pilots: Major League Baseball's One-Year Team. Part of the Pilots' season was also documented in the book Ball Four by Jim Bouton. After the Pilots, there would not be another MLB team in Seattle until the birth of the Mariners in 1977.

1970 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1970 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 41st midseason exhibition between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and the National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was played on the evening of July 14, 1970, at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, home of the Cincinnati Reds of the National League, and resulted in a 5–4 victory for the NL.This was the first MLB All-Star Game ever played at night, coinciding with prime time in the Eastern United States. (The previous year's All-Star Game was originally scheduled to be played at night, but it was rained out and played the following afternoon.) Every All-Star Game since 1970 has been played at night.

Riverfront Stadium had barely been open two weeks when it hosted its first All-Star Game. The game was hosted by the Cincinnati Reds twice before (1938 and 1953) when their home park was Crosley Field. The Reds would host one more All-Star Game at Riverfront Stadium in 1988. So close was the opening of the stadium and the scheduled exhibition game, that Major League Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn did not confirm that the game would "definitely" be played in Cincinnati until June 1. Atlanta was the alternative site.Undeniably, the most remembered moment of the game was the final run, scored in the bottom of the twelfth by Pete Rose. The ball was relayed to the American League catcher, Ray Fosse, in time to tag Rose out, but the tenacious Rose bowled Fosse over. Both players were injured, Fosse enough to drop the ball, giving Rose credit for the game-winning run.

Bill Singer

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Bob Short

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Cleon Jones

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Darold Knowles

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Mike Andrews

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