The 1973 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 44th 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 July 24, 1973, at Royals Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, home of the Kansas City Royals of the American League. The game resulted in a 7–1 victory for the NL.
Royals Stadium had not even been open for four months when it hosted this, its first All-Star Game. The game had been hosted in Kansas City once before (1960) when the Kansas City Athletics had been the host team at Kansas City's Municipal Stadium. After this game was played, the Royals did not host another All-Star Game until they were awarded the 2012 All-Star Game.
This game marked the 40th anniversary year of the first All-Star Game in 1933. As a part of that recognition, some of the surviving stars from that first game, including Dick Bartell, Joe Cronin, Jimmie Dykes, Charlie Gehringer, Lefty Gomez, Lefty Grove, Bill Hallahan, and Carl Hubbell were in attendance.
|1973 Major League Baseball All-Star Game|
|Date||July 24, 1973|
|City||Kansas City, Missouri|
|MVP||Bobby Bonds (SF)|
|Ceremonial first pitch||Lefty Gomez, Bill Hallahan and Ewing Kauffman|
|TV announcers||Curt Gowdy and Tony Kubek|
|Radio announcers||Jim Simpson and Maury Wills|
|C||Johnny Bench||Cincinnati Reds|
|1B||Hank Aaron||Atlanta Braves|
|2B||Joe Morgan||Cincinnati Reds|
|3B||Ron Santo||Chicago Cubs|
|SS||Chris Speier||San Francisco Giants|
|OF||César Cedeño||Houston Astros|
|OF||Pete Rose||Cincinnati Reds|
|OF||Billy Williams||Chicago Cubs|
|RH||Jack Billingham||Cincinnati Reds||did not pitch|
|LH||Jim Brewer||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|RH||Dave Giusti||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|LH||Claude Osteen||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|RH||Tom Seaver||New York Mets|
|RH||Don Sutton||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|RH||Wayne Twitchell||Philadelphia Phillies|
|RH||Rick Wise||St. Louis Cardinals||starting pitcher|
|C||Ted Simmons||St. Louis Cardinals|
|1B||Nate Colbert||San Diego Padres|
|1B||Ron Fairly||Montréal Expos|
|2B||Davey Johnson||Atlanta Braves|
|3B||Darrell Evans||Atlanta Braves|
|3B||Joe Torre||St. Louis Cardinals|
|SS||Dave Concepción||Cincinnati Reds||injured|
|SS||Bill Russell||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|OF||Bobby Bonds||San Francisco Giants|
|OF||Willie Davis||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|OF||Willie Mays||New York Mets|
|OF||Manny Mota||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|OF||Willie Stargell||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|OF||Bob Watson||Houston Astros|
|Manager||Sparky Anderson||Cincinnati Reds|
|Coach||Gene Mauch||Montréal Expos|
|Coach||Bill Virdon||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|C||Carlton Fisk||Boston Red Sox|
|1B||Dick Allen||Chicago White Sox||injured|
|2B||Rod Carew||Minnesota Twins|
|3B||Brooks Robinson||Baltimore Orioles|
|SS||Bert Campaneris||Oakland Athletics|
|OF||Reggie Jackson||Oakland Athletics|
|OF||Bobby Murcer||New York Yankees|
|OF||Amos Otis||Kansas City Royals|
|RH||Bert Blyleven||Minnesota Twins||injured|
|RH||Jim Colborn||Milwaukee Brewers||did not pitch|
|RH||Rollie Fingers||Oakland Athletics|
|LH||Ken Holtzman||Oakland Athletics|
|RH||Catfish Hunter||Oakland Athletics||starting pitcher|
|LH||Bill Lee||Boston Red Sox||did not pitch|
|LH||Sparky Lyle||New York Yankees|
|RH||Nolan Ryan||California Angels|
|RH||Bill Singer||California Angels|
|C||Bill Freehan||Detroit Tigers||did not play|
|C||Thurman Munson||New York Yankees|
|1B||John Mayberry||Kansas City Royals||started for Allen|
|1B||Jim Spencer||Texas Rangers|
|1B||Carl Yastrzemski||Boston Red Sox||injured|
|2B||Dave Nelson||Texas Rangers|
|2B||Cookie Rojas||Kansas City Royals|
|3B||Sal Bando||Oakland Athletics|
|3B||Buddy Bell||Cleveland Indians|
|SS||Ed Brinkman||Detroit Tigers|
|OF||Paul Blair||Baltimore Orioles|
|OF||Willie Horton||Detroit Tigers|
|OF||Pat Kelly||Chicago White Sox|
|OF||Dave May||Milwaukee Brewers|
|Manager||Dick Williams||Oakland Athletics|
|Coach||Whitey Herzog||Texas Rangers|
|Coach||Chuck Tanner||Chicago White Sox|
While the starters were elected by the fans, the batting orders and starting pitchers were selected by the managers.
|National League||American League|
|1||Pete Rose||Cincinnati Reds||LF||1||Bert Campaneris||Oakland Athletics||SS|
|2||Joe Morgan||Cincinnati Reds||2B||2||Rod Carew||Minnesota Twins||2B|
|3||César Cedeño||Houston Astros||CF||3||John Mayberry||Kansas City Royals||1B|
|4||Hank Aaron||Atlanta Braves||1B||4||Reggie Jackson||Oakland Athletics||RF|
|5||Billy Williams||Chicago Cubs||RF||5||Amos Otis||Kansas City Royals||CF|
|6||Johnny Bench||Cincinnati Reds||C||6||Bobby Murcer||New York Yankees||LF|
|7||Ron Santo||Chicago Cubs||3B||7||Carlton Fisk||Boston Red Sox||C|
|8||Chris Speier||San Francisco Giants||SS||8||Brooks Robinson||Baltimore Orioles||3B|
|9||Rick Wise||St. Louis Cardinals||P||9||Catfish Hunter||Oakland Athletics||P|
|Home Plate||Nestor Chylak(AL)|
|First Base||Ken Burkhart(NL)|
|Second Base||Larry Barnett(AL)|
|Third Base||Bill Williams(NL)|
|Left Field||Ron Luciano(AL)|
|Right Field||Bob Engel (NL)|
Scoring began in the bottom of the second inning, with Rick Wise in his second and final inning of pitching for the NL. Reggie Jackson led off with a double, and came home when the next batter, Amos Otis, singled. This would be the beginning and end of scoring for the American League.
The National League wasted no time coming back, taking advantage of new pitcher, Bert Blyleven, in the top of the third inning. Darrell Evans, pinch hitting for Rick Wise, walked, and was forced out at second base when Pete Rose hit into a fielder's choice. Joe Morgan walked. César Cedeño's single scored Rose, and sent Morgan to third base. Hank Aaron singled to Murcer who threw out Cedeño at third, but not before Morgan had scored to give the NL a 2–1 lead.
In the top of the fifth inning, the NL scoring continued off of Bill Singer. Joe Morgan led off with a double. Three hitters later, with two outs, Bobby Bonds hit a two run home run, bringing the score to 5–1.
In the top of the sixth inning, Nolan Ryan came in to pitch in relief, though the outcome was virtually identical to the previous inning. Ron Santo led off with a walk. Two batters later with one out, Willie Davis, pinch hitting for the pitcher, Don Sutton, hit a two run home run to extend the NL lead to 7–1, and closing out scoring for the game.
|WP: Rick Wise (1-0) LP: Bert Blyleven (0-1) Sv: Jim Brewer (1)|
NL: Johnny Bench (1), Bobby Bonds (1), Willie Davis (1)
This was the 24th and final All-Star Game appearance for Willie Mays. Mays appeared in every game from 1954 to 1973. Only Hank Aaron and Stan Musial have played in as many All-Star Games as Mays.
Catfish Hunter was removed from the game in the second inning after Billy Williams hit a line drive that hit Hunter's right hand, breaking his thumb. He missed two weeks of the regular season.
This All-Star Game saw 54 players (28 for the NL and 26 for the AL) enter the game. This became a new All-Star Game record for participating players.
In total, there were 19 future hall of famers involved with the game. The non-players involved in the 1973 All-Star Game that have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame are Sparky Anderson, Dick Williams, Whitey Herzog, and Nestor Chylak.
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