The 1976 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 47th 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 13, 1976, at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, home of the Philadelphia Phillies of the National League. The game resulted in a 7–1 victory for the NL.
This was the third time that the All-Star Game had been played in Philadelphia, though the first to be played in Veteran's Stadium. Both the 1943 and 1952 games were played in Philadelphia's Shibe Park with the then Philadelphia Athletics hosting in 1943 and the Phillies hosting in 1952. The All-Star Game would return to Veterans Stadium in 1996.
|1976 Major League Baseball All-Star Game|
|Date||July 13, 1976|
|MVP||George Foster (CIN)|
|Ceremonial first pitch||Gerald Ford|
|TV announcers||Bob Prince, Warner Wolf and Bob Uecker|
|Radio announcers||Jack Buck, Brent Musburger and Andy Musser|
|C||Thurman Munson||New York Yankees|
|1B||Rod Carew||Minnesota Twins|
|2B||Bobby Grich||Baltimore Orioles|
|3B||George Brett||Kansas City Royals|
|SS||Toby Harrah||Texas Rangers|
|OF||Ron LeFlore||Detroit Tigers|
|OF||Fred Lynn||Boston Red Sox|
|OF||Rusty Staub||Detroit Tigers|
|RH||Mark Fidrych||Detroit Tigers||starting pitcher|
|RH||Rollie Fingers||Oakland Athletics||did not pitch|
|RH||Goose Gossage||Chicago White Sox||did not pitch|
|RH||Catfish Hunter||New York Yankees|
|LH||Dave LaRoche||Cleveland Indians||did not pitch|
|LH||Sparky Lyle||New York Yankees||did not pitch|
|LH||Frank Tanana||California Angels|
|RH||Luis Tiant||Boston Red Sox|
|LH||Bill Travers||Milwaukee Brewers||did not pitch|
|C||Carlton Fisk||Boston Red Sox|
|C||Butch Wynegar||Minnesota Twins|
|1B||Chris Chambliss||New York Yankees|
|2B||Phil Garner||Oakland Athletics|
|2B||Willie Randolph||New York Yankees||injured|
|3B||Don Money||Milwaukee Brewers|
|SS||Mark Belanger||Baltimore Orioles|
|SS||Freddie Patek||Kansas City Royals|
|OF||Hal McRae||Kansas City Royals|
|OF||Amos Otis||Kansas City Royals|
|OF||Mickey Rivers||New York Yankees|
|OF||Carl Yastrzemski||Boston Red Sox|
|Manager||Darrell Johnson||Boston Red Sox|
|Coach||Gene Mauch||Minnesota Twins|
|Coach||Frank Robinson||Cleveland Indians|
|C||Johnny Bench||Cincinnati Reds|
|1B||Steve Garvey||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|2B||Joe Morgan||Cincinnati Reds|
|3B||Pete Rose||Cincinnati Reds|
|SS||Dave Concepción||Cincinnati Reds|
|OF||George Foster||Cincinnati Reds|
|OF||Dave Kingman||New York Mets|
|OF||Greg Luzinski||Philadelphia Phillies|
|RH||Ken Forsch||Houston Astros|
|LH||Woodie Fryman||Montréal Expos||did not pitch|
|LH||Randy Jones||San Diego Padres||starting pitcher|
|LH||Jon Matlack||New York Mets||did not pitch|
|RH||Andy Messersmith||Atlanta Braves||injured|
|RH||John Montefusco||San Francisco Giants|
|RH||Rick Rhoden||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|RH||Dick Ruthven||Atlanta Braves||did not pitch|
|RH||Tom Seaver||New York Mets|
|C||Bob Boone||Philadelphia Phillies|
|C||Steve Swisher||Chicago Cubs||did not play|
|1B||Tony Pérez||Cincinnati Reds|
|2B||Dave Cash||Philadelphia Phillies|
|3B||Ron Cey||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|3B||Mike Schmidt||Philadelphia Phillies|
|SS||Larry Bowa||Philadelphia Phillies|
|SS||Bill Russell||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|OF||César Cedeño||Houston Astros|
|OF||Ken Griffey||Cincinnati Reds|
|OF||Bake McBride||St. Louis Cardinals||did not play|
|OF||Al Oliver||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Manager||Sparky Anderson||Cincinnati Reds|
|Coach||John McNamara||San Diego Padres|
|Coach||Danny Ozark||Philadelphia Phillies|
|American League||National League|
|1||Ron LeFlore||Detroit Tigers||LF||1||Pete Rose||Cincinnati Reds||3B|
|2||Rod Carew||Minnesota Twins||1B||2||Steve Garvey||Los Angeles Dodgers||1B|
|3||George Brett||Kansas City Royals||3B||3||Joe Morgan||Cincinnati Reds||2B|
|4||Thurman Munson||New York Yankees||C||4||George Foster||Cincinnati Reds||CF|
|5||Fred Lynn||Boston Red Sox||CF||5||Greg Luzinski||Philadelphia Phillies||LF|
|6||Toby Harrah||Texas Rangers||SS||6||Johnny Bench||Cincinnati Reds||C|
|7||Rusty Staub||Detroit Tigers||RF||7||Dave Kingman||New York Mets||RF|
|8||Bobby Grich||Baltimore Orioles||2B||8||Dave Concepción||Cincinnati Reds||SS|
|9||Mark Fidrych||Detroit Tigers||P||9||Randy Jones||San Diego Padres||P|
|Home Plate||Harry Wendelstedt (NL)|
|First Base||Jerry Neudecker (AL)|
|Second Base||Andy Olsen (NL)|
|Third Base||Don Denkinger (AL)|
|Left Field||Satch Davidson (NL)|
|Right Field||Jim Evans (AL)|
Following the pattern of many of the previous All-Star Games, the NL scored first and early, putting up two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Pete Rose led off with a single, and scored when the next batter, Steve Garvey, tripled. After Joe Morgan flew out, George Foster grounded out, allowing Garvey to score from third base.
The National League added two more runs in the bottom of the third inning, with Catfish Hunter pitching in relief. With one out, Joe Morgan singled. George Foster then hit a home run, scoring Morgan to bring the NL lead to 4–0.
The game's scoring was closed out in the bottom of the eighth, as the NL scored three runs off of AL relief pitcher Frank Tanana. Dave Cash led off with a single, and went to second base when Tony Pérez walked. Bill Russell grounded into a 5–4–3 double play, with Pérez out at second base, Russell out at first base, but Cash advancing to third base. Ken Griffey singled, scoring Cash. César Cedeño then hit a home run, scoring Griffey, and giving the NL a 7–1 lead that would hold up as the final score.
|WP: Randy Jones (1-0) LP: Mark Fidrych (0-1)|
AL: Fred Lynn (1)
NL: George Foster (1), César Cedeño (1)
As site of the Continental Congress and signing of the Declaration of Independence, Philadelphia was selected to host the 1976 NBA All-Star Game, the 1976 National Hockey League All-Star Game, and the 1976 NCAA Final Four in addition to the 1976 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
The 1976 Cincinnati Reds season was a season in American baseball. The Reds entered the season as the reigning world champs. The Reds dominated the league all season, and won their second consecutive National League West title with a record of 102–60, best record in MLB and finished 10 games ahead of the runner-up Los Angeles Dodgers. They went on to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1976 National League Championship Series in three straight games, and then win their second consecutive World Series title in four straight games over the New York Yankees. They were the third and most recent National League team to achieve this distinction, and the first since the 1921–22 New York Giants. The Reds drew 2,629,708 fans to their home games at Riverfront Stadium, an all-time franchise attendance record. As mentioned above, the Reds swept through the entire postseason with their sweeps of the Phillies and Yankees, achieving a record of 7-0. As of 2018, the Reds are the only team in baseball history to sweep through an entire postseason since the addition of divisions.1976 Detroit Tigers season
The 1976 Detroit Tigers season was a season in American baseball. The team finished in fifth place in the American League East with a record of 74–87, 24 games behind the New York Yankees. They were outscored by their opponents 709 to 609. The Tigers drew 1,467,020 fans to Tiger Stadium in 1976, ranking 4th of the 14 teams in the American League.1976 Los Angeles Dodgers season
The 1976 Los Angeles Dodgers finished the season in second place in the western division of the National League. The big news was when long-time manager of two decades Walter Alston resigned abruptly near the end of the season and was replaced by Tommy Lasorda who would manage the team for two decades himself.1976 Montreal Expos season
The 1976 Montreal Expos season was the eighth season in the history of the franchise. The Expos finished in last place in the National League East with a record of 55–107, 46 games behind the Philadelphia Phillies. The Expos played their final season of home games at Jarry Park, before moving their home games to Olympic Stadium for the 1977 season.1976 NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament
The 1976 NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament involved 32 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 13, 1976, and ended with the championship game on March 29 in Philadelphia. A total of 32 games were played, including a national third place game.
Indiana, coached by Bob Knight, won the national title with an 86–68 victory in the final game over Michigan, coached by Johnny Orr. Kent Benson of Indiana was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
Notably, this was the first time that two teams from the same conference (the Big Ten) played in the title game. Also, this was the last men's Division I tournament to date to feature two unbeaten teams, as both Indiana and Rutgers entered the tournament unbeaten. To date, Indiana is the last team to go the entire season undefeated at 32–0. Both advanced to the Final Four, with Indiana winning the title and Rutgers losing to Michigan in the semifinals and UCLA in the third-place game.
This tournament was also the first since the creation of the NCAA men's tournament in 1939 in which no regional third-place games were played. In the first two NCAA tournaments (1939 and 1940), the West Regional held a third-place game, but the East (the only other regional of that day) did not. The East began holding its own third-place game in 1941, and from that point through 1975 each regional held a third-place game. This was the second year of the 32-team field, and the
NCAA announced the selections several days prior to the end of the regular season.
As site of the Continental Congress and signing of the Declaration of Independence, Philadelphia also served as host for the 1976 NBA All-Star Game, the 1976 National Hockey League All-Star Game, and the 1976 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at which President Ford threw out the first pitch. The 1976 Pro Bowl was an exception and was played in New Orleans, likely due to weather concerns.1976 New York Yankees season
The 1976 New York Yankees season was the 74th season for the Yankees in New York, and the 76th season overall for the franchise. The team finished with a record of 97–62, finishing 10½ games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles to win their first American League East title.
In the ALCS, the Yankees defeated the Kansas City Royals in 5 games. Chris Chambliss's walk-off home run in Game 5 clinched the pennant for the Yankees.
In the World Series, they were defeated in a four-game sweep by the defending champion Cincinnati Reds, marking only the second time that the Yankees had ever been swept in a World Series in their history (following the 1963 Los Angeles Dodgers).
New York was managed by Billy Martin. The Yankees returned to the newly renovated Yankee Stadium.1976 Philadelphia Phillies season
The 1976 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 94th season in the history of the franchise. The Phillies won their first National League East title, as they compiled a record of 101–61, nine games ahead of the second-place Pittsburgh Pirates, and won 100 games or more for the first time in franchise history.
The Phillies lost the NLCS, 3–0 to the Cincinnati Reds. Danny Ozark managed the Phillies, as they played their home games at Veterans Stadium, where the All-Star Game was played that season.1976 Pittsburgh Pirates season
The 1976 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 90th in the National League, and the 95th in franchise history. The Pirates compiled a 92–70 record during the season, as they finished in second place in the NL East, nine games behind their cross-state rivals, the Philadelphia Phillies. As a result, their run of five division titles in a six-year span came to an end. It was also the final season for Danny Murtaugh as the Pirates' manager.1976 San Diego Padres season
The 1976 San Diego Padres season was the 8th season in franchise history.1977 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
The 1977 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 48th 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 19, 1977, at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, New York, New York the home of the New York Yankees of the American League. The game resulted in the National League defeating the American League 7–5.
The host Yankees won the World Series; the third time in history that a team hosting the All-Star Game would win the World Series in the same year. As of 2018, the 1977 Yankees were the last team to accomplish this. The previous teams to accomplish this were the 1939 New York Yankees and the 1959 Los Angeles Dodgers.
This was Yankee Stadium's third time as host of the All-Star Game, and it would be its last until 2008; the last year of the park's use by the Yankees.Andy Olsen
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Carroll Christopher Chambliss (born December 26, 1948) is an American professional baseball player and coach. He played in Major League Baseball from 1971 to 1988 for the Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves. He served as a coach for the Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, and Seattle Mariners.
Chambliss won the American League Rookie of the Year Award with the Indians in 1971. He was an All-Star with the Yankees in 1976, the same year he hit the series-winning home run in the 1976 American League Championship Series. He was a member of the Yankees' 1977 and 1978 World Series championship teams, both against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and won the Gold Glove Award in 1978. Chambliss went on to win four more World Series championships as the hitting coach for the Yankees in 1996, 1998, 1999, and 2000.George Foster (baseball)
George Arthur Foster (born December 1, 1948) is an American former professional baseball outfielder, who played in Major League Baseball from 1969 to 1986. One of the most feared right-handed sluggers of his era, he was a key piece of the Cincinnati Reds' "Big Red Machine" that won consecutive World Series in 1975 and 1976.
Foster led the National League in home runs in 1977 and 1978, and in RBIs in 1976, 1977, and 1978. He won the NL's Most Valuable Player Award in 1977 and a Silver Slugger Award in 1981.Robin Roberts (baseball)
Robin Evan Roberts (September 30, 1926 – May 6, 2010) was a Major League Baseball starting pitcher who pitched primarily for the Philadelphia Phillies (1948–61). He spent the latter part of his career with the Baltimore Orioles (1962–65), Houston Astros (1965–66), and Chicago Cubs (1966). He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1976.Satch Davidson
David "Satch" Davidson (January 18, 1936 – August 21, 2010) was a Major League Baseball umpire in the National League from 1969 to 1984. During his career, Davidson was behind the plate for Hank Aaron's 715th home run which broke Babe Ruth's career record and he called the game in which Carlton Fisk hit a game-winning home run in game 6 of the 1975 World Series. Davidson wore uniform number 4 when the National League adopted umpire uniform numbers in 1970.United States Bicentennial
The United States Bicentennial was a series of celebrations and observances during the mid-1970s that paid tribute to historical events leading up to the creation of the United States of America as an independent republic. It was a central event in the memory of the American Revolution. The Bicentennial culminated on Sunday, July 4, 1976, with the 200th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.
|Results and Awards|
² — Two All-Star Games were played these seasons. Italics indicate future games.
1976 MLB season by team
|AL Championship Series|
|NL Championship Series|
|AL Division Series|
|NL Division Series|
|AL Championship Series|
|NL Championship Series|
|AL Division Series|
|NL Division Series|