The 1978 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 49th 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 11, 1978, at San Diego Stadium in San Diego, home of the San Diego Padres of the National League. The game resulted in a 7-3 victory for the NL.
This was the first All-Star Game to be played in San Diego. It would return in 1992 to be played in the same stadium, though it was renamed Jack Murphy Stadium by that time.
|1978 Major League Baseball All-Star Game|
|Date||July 11, 1978|
|Venue||San Diego Stadium|
|MVP||Steve Garvey (LA)|
|Ceremonial first pitch||Ray Kroc|
|TV announcers||Keith Jackson, Howard Cosell and Don Drysdale|
|Radio announcers||Vin Scully and Brent Musburger|
|C||Carlton Fisk||Boston Red Sox|
|1B||Rod Carew||Minnesota Twins|
|2B||Don Money||Milwaukee Brewers|
|3B||George Brett||Kansas City Royals|
|SS||Freddie Patek||Kansas City Royals|
|OF||Reggie Jackson||New York Yankees||did not play|
|OF||Jim Rice||Boston Red Sox|
|OF||Richie Zisk||Texas Rangers|
|LH||Mike Flanagan||Baltimore Orioles||did not pitch|
|RH||Goose Gossage||New York Yankees|
|LH||Ron Guidry||New York Yankees|
|RH||Matt Keough||Oakland Athletics|
|RH||Jim Kern||Cleveland Indians|
|RH||Jim Palmer||Baltimore Orioles||starting pitcher|
|RH||Lary Sorensen||Milwaukee Brewers|
|LH||Frank Tanana||California Angels||did not pitch|
|C||Thurman Munson||New York Yankees||injured|
|C||Darrell Porter||Kansas City Royals|
|1B||Eddie Murray||Baltimore Orioles||did not play|
|1B||Jason Thompson||Detroit Tigers|
|2B||Jerry Remy||Boston Red Sox||did not play|
|2B||Frank White||Kansas City Royals|
|3B||Roy Howell||Toronto Blue Jays|
|3B||Graig Nettles||New York Yankees|
|SS||Rick Burleson||Boston Red Sox||injured|
|SS||Craig Reynolds||Seattle Mariners|
|OF||Dwight Evans||Boston Red Sox|
|OF||Larry Hisle||Milwaukee Brewers|
|OF||Chet Lemon||Chicago White Sox|
|OF||Fred Lynn||Boston Red Sox||started for Jackson|
|OF||Carl Yastrzemski||Boston Red Sox||injured|
|Manager||Billy Martin||New York Yankees|
|Coach||Whitey Herzog||Kansas City Royals|
|Coach||Don Zimmer||Boston Red Sox|
|Trainer||Dick Martin||Minnesota Twins|
|C||Johnny Bench||Cincinnati Reds||injured|
|1B||Steve Garvey||Los Angeles Dodgers||MVP|
|2B||Joe Morgan||Cincinnati Reds|
|3B||Pete Rose||Cincinnati Reds|
|SS||Larry Bowa||Philadelphia Phillies|
|OF||George Foster||Cincinnati Reds|
|OF||Greg Luzinski||Philadelphia Phillies|
|OF||Rick Monday||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|LH||Vida Blue||San Francisco Giants||starting pitcher|
|RH||Rollie Fingers||San Diego Padres|
|LH||Ross Grimsley||Montréal Expos||did not pitch|
|LH||Tommy John||Los Angeles Dodgers||did not pitch|
|RH||Phil Niekro||Atlanta Braves|
|RH||Steve Rogers||Montréal Expos|
|RH||Tom Seaver||Cincinnati Reds||did .not pitch|
|RH||Bruce Sutter||Chicago Cubs|
|RH||Pat Zachry||New York Mets||did not pitch|
|C||Bob Boone||Philadelphia Phillies|
|C||Biff Pocoroba||Atlanta Braves|
|C||Ted Simmons||St. Louis Cardinals||started for Bench|
|1B||Willie Stargell||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|2B||Davey Lopes||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|3B||Ron Cey||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|SS||Dave Concepción||Cincinnati Reds|
|OF||Jeff Burroughs||Atlanta Braves||did not play|
|OF||Jack Clark||San Francisco Giants|
|OF||Terry Puhl||Houston Astros||did not play|
|OF||Reggie Smith||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|OF||Dave Winfield||San Diego Padres|
|Manager||Tommy Lasorda||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Coach||Danny Ozark||Philadelphia Phillies|
|Coach||Chuck Tanner||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Home Plate||Paul Pryor (NL)|
|First Base||Nestor Chylak (AL)|
|Second Base||Terry Tata (NL)|
|Third Base||Bill Deegan (AL)|
|Left Field||Paul Runge (NL)|
|Right Field||Larry McCoy (AL)|
|American League||National League|
|1||Rod Carew||Minnesota Twins||1B||1||Pete Rose||Cincinnati Reds||3B|
|2||George Brett||Kansas City Royals||3B||2||Joe Morgan||Cincinnati Reds||2B|
|3||Jim Rice||Boston Red Sox||LF||3||George Foster||Cincinnati Reds||CF|
|4||Richie Zisk||Texas Rangers||RF||4||Greg Luzinski||Philadelphia Phillies||LF|
|5||Carlton Fisk||Boston Red Sox||C||5||Steve Garvey||Los Angeles Dodgers||1B|
|6||Fred Lynn||Boston Red Sox||CF||6||Ted Simmons||St. Louis Cardinals||C|
|7||Don Money||Milwaukee Brewers||2B||7||Rick Monday||Los Angeles Dodgers||RF|
|8||Freddie Patek||Kansas City Royals||SS||8||Larry Bowa||Philadelphia Phillies||SS|
|9||Jim Palmer||Baltimore Orioles||P||9||Vida Blue||San Francisco Giants||P|
|WP: Bruce Sutter (1-0) LP: Goose Gossage (0-1)|
The American League opened the scoring immediately off of NL starter Vida Blue. Rod Carew tripled, and scored when George Brett doubled. Brett advanced to third base on a Jim Rice ground out. Richie Zisk walked. Fisk hit a sacrifice fly to Joe Morgan, permitting Brett to score.
The AL added another run in the top of the third inning, again started by a Rod Carew lead off triple. George Brett followed up with a sacrifice fly to George Foster that allowed Carew to score and extend the AL lead to 3-0.
The lead was very short lived as the NL tied the game in the bottom of the third inning. Larry Bowa singled. With Reggie Smith pinch hitting for Vida Blue, Bowa stole second base. Smith struck out. Pete Rose grounded out, moving Bowa to third base. Joe Morgan walked. George Foster walked, pushing Morgan to second base; loading the bases. Greg Luzinski walked sending Foster to second base, Morgan to third base, and scoring Bowa. Steve Garvey singled, scoring Morgan and Foster, and sending Luzinski to second base. AL manager Billy Martin replaced starting pitcher Jim Palmer with relief pitcher Matt Keough, though no further scoring occurred.
The score remained tied at three until the bottom of the eighth inning, when Goose Gossage came in to pitch for the AL. Steve Garvey led off the inning with a triple, and scored when Gossage threw a wild pitch with Dave Concepción batting. Concepción walked. Dave Winfield singled sending Concepción to third, with Winfield advancing to second on an error by Chet Lemon. Bob Boone singled, scoring Concepción and Winfield. Boone advanced to second when Ron Cey grounded out. Davey Lopes singled, scoring Boone and ending the scoring for a 7-3 NL victory.
The two triples hit by Rod Carew, and the one hit by Steve Garvey marked the first time that three triples had been hit in a single All-Star Game.
The 1978 American League East tie-breaker game was a one-game extension to Major League Baseball's (MLB) 1978 regular season, played between the rival New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox to determine the winner of the American League's (AL) East Division. The game was played at Fenway Park in Boston, on the afternoon of Monday, October 2.
The tie-breaker was necessitated after the Yankees and Red Sox finished the season tied for first place in the AL East with identical 99–63 (.611) records. Entering the final day of the season on Sunday, the Yankees had a one-game lead: they lost 9–2 to Cleveland while Boston shut out Toronto 5–0 to force the playoff. The Red Sox were the home team by virtue of a coin toss. In baseball statistics, the tie-breaker counted as the 163rd regular season game for both teams, with all events in the game added to regular season statistics.
Ron Guidry started for the Yankees, while Mike Torrez started for the Red Sox. The Yankees fell behind 2–0, with a home run by Carl Yastrzemski and an RBI single by Jim Rice. The Yankees took the lead in the seventh on a three-run home run by Bucky Dent. The Yankees defeated the Red Sox 5–4, with Guidry getting the win, while Goose Gossage recorded a save. With the victory, the Yankees finished the regular season with a 100–63 (.613) record, and clinched the AL East championship, en route to winning the World Series. This was the first tie-breaker to be contested after the introduction of divisional play in 1969. As of 2018, the '78 Yankees remain the last team to have won the World Series after playing a tiebreaker.1978 Los Angeles Dodgers season
The 1978 season ended with the Los Angeles Dodgers winning their second straight National League pennant and losing to the New York Yankees in the World Series again. Dodger coach Jim Gilliam died at the end of the season and his uniform number, 19, was retired by the team prior to Game 1 of the World Series; the team also wore a black memorial patch with Gilliam's number during the World Series. Unlike the previous Dodger team, no member of the team hit 30 home runs after seeing four members hit that mark the previous season (the team leader was Reggie Smith, with 29).1978 Montreal Expos season
The 1978 Montreal Expos season was the tenth season in franchise history. The team finished fourth in the National League East with a record of 76-86, 14 games behind the first-place Philadelphia Phillies.1978 Philadelphia Phillies season
The 1978 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 96th season in the history of the franchise. The Phillies won their third straight National League East title with a record of 90-72, a game and a half over the Pittsburgh Pirates, as the Phillies defeated the Pirates in Pittsburgh on the next to last day of the season. For the third consecutive season the Phillies came up short in the NLCS, as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated them three games to one, as they had the previous season. The Phillies were managed by Danny Ozark and played their home games at Veterans Stadium.1978 Pittsburgh Pirates season
The 1978 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 97th season of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise; the 92nd in the National League. The Pirates finished second in the National League East with a record of 88–73.1978 San Diego Padres season
The 1978 San Diego Padres season was the tenth in franchise history. The team finished in fourth place in the National League West with a record of 84-78, 11 games behind the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers. This was the Padres' first winning season in franchise history.1979 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
The 1979 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 50th playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues constituting Major League Baseball.
It was held on Tuesday, July 17, at the Kingdome in Seattle, Washington, the home of the third-year Seattle Mariners of the American League. The National League won 7–6 for their eighth consecutive win.
The game featured memorable defensive play by outfielder Dave Parker, as he had two assists on putouts: one at third base and one at home plate. With Parker receiving the MVP award for this game, and teammate Willie Stargell winning the National League MVP, NLCS MVP, and World Series MVP, all four possible MVP awards for the season were won by members of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The game was also notable for the play of Lee Mazzilli, providing the margin of victory. In his only All Star appearance, Mazzilli tied the game in the eighth inning with a pinch hit home run off of Jim Kern of the Texas Rangers, and then put the National League ahead for good in the ninth, drawing a bases-loaded walk against Ron Guidry of the New York Yankees.
This was the only time the Kingdome hosted the All-Star Game. When it returned to Seattle for a second time in 2001, the Mariners had moved to their new home at Safeco Field.Chet Lemon
Chester Earl Lemon (born February 12, 1955) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder.
A native of Jackson, Mississippi, he grew up in Los Angeles. He was drafted in the first round of the 1972 Major League Baseball draft and played 16 seasons in Major League Baseball for the Chicago White Sox from 1975 to 1981 and for the Detroit Tigers from 1982 to 1990. He was selected as an American League All-Star in 1978, 1979, and 1984 and was the starting center fielder for the 1984 Detroit Tigers team that won the 1984 World Series.
Lemon was known as one of the best defensive center fielders in baseball from 1977 to 1987. In 1977, he led the American League with 512 outfield putouts, the fourth highest single-season tally in major league history and the highest tally since 1951. He also totaled over 400 outfield putouts in four other years (1979 and 1983-1985). He also led the American League with 44 doubles in 1979 and led the league in times hit by pitch (HBP) four times, including a career-high 20 HBP in 1983. Lemon was sometimes criticized for not standing for "The Star-Spangled Banner" due to his religious beliefs as a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses.Craig Reynolds (baseball)
Gordon Craig Reynolds (born December 27, 1952 in Houston, Texas) is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) shortstop who was an inaugural member of the Seattle Mariners. He batted left-handed and threw right.Jason Thompson (first baseman, born 1954)
Jason Dolph Thompson (born July 6, 1954) is a former Major League Baseball first baseman, and the current owner and operator of Jason Thompson Baseball, which offers baseball instruction in Auburn Hills, Michigan. He threw and batted left-handed.Jim Kern
James Lester Kern (born March 15, 1949 in Gladwin, Michigan) is a retired Major League Baseball pitcher. A three time American League All-Star (1977–1979), Kern went 13-5 with a 1.57 ERA and 29 saves out of the Texas Rangers' bullpen in 1979 to finish fourth in American League Cy Young Award balloting.Roy Howell
Roy Lee Howell (born December 18, 1953) is an American former professional baseball third baseman, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1974–1984 for the Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, and Milwaukee Brewers.
|Results and Awards|
² — Two All-Star Games were played these seasons. Italics indicate future games.
1978 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|
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