1989 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1989 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 60th 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 11, 1989, at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, California, the home of the California Angels of the American League. The game is noted for being the first in All-Star Game history to include the designated hitter. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 5-3. The game is remembered for Bo Jackson's monstrous lead-off home run to center field. Jackson was named the game's MVP. The game also featured former U.S. President and former baseball announcer Ronald Reagan sharing the NBC broadcast booth with Vin Scully for the first inning.

The pregame ceremonies featured Disney characters joining this year's players in sprinting onto the field for the introduction of the starting lineups. Mike Schmidt of the Philadelphia Phillies, who had retired on May 29, was still elected by the fans as the starting third baseman for the NL All-Star team. Schmidt decided not to play, but he did participate in the game's opening ceremony in uniform. Doc Severinsen later led The Tonight Show Band in the playing of the Canadian and U.S. national anthems. Severinsen and The Tonight Show Band's performance of the U.S. National Anthem was the last non-vocal performance of the Anthem at the All-Star Game to date. The ceremonial first pitch was thrown by longtime Angels coach Jimmie Reese.

This was the second All-Star Game to be played in Anaheim, which last hosted the Midsummer Classic in 1967. It would return to the by-now renovated and renamed Angel Stadium of Anaheim in 2010.

1989 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National League 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 9 1
American League 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 X 5 12 0
DateJuly 11, 1989
VenueAnaheim Stadium
CityAnaheim, California
MVPBo Jackson (KC)
Ceremonial first pitchJimmie Reese
TV announcersVin Scully, Tom Seaver and Ronald Reagan (first inning only)
Radio announcersBrent Musburger, Jerry Coleman and Johnny Bench


Players in italics have since been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

National League

Position Player Team All-Star Games
P Rick Reuschel Giants 3
C Benito Santiago Padres 3
1B Will Clark Giants 7
2B Ryne Sandberg Cubs 6
3B Howard Johnson Mets 1
SS Ozzie Smith Cardinals 9
OF Eric Davis Reds 2
OF Tony Gwynn Padres 5
OF Kevin Mitchell Giants 1
DH Pedro Guerrero Cardinals 5
Position Player Team All-Star Games
P Tim Burke Expos 1
P Mark Davis Padres 2
P John Franco Reds 3
P Orel Hershiser Dodgers 3
P Jay Howell Dodgers 3
P Mike Scott[1] Astros 3
P John Smoltz Braves 1
P Rick Sutcliffe Cubs 3
P Mitch Williams Cubs 1
Position Player Team All-Star Games
C Tony Peña Cardinals 5
C Mike Scioscia Dodgers 1
1B Glenn Davis Astros 2
2B Willie Randolph Dodgers 6
3B Bobby Bonilla Pirates 2
3B Mike Schmidt[1] Phillies 12
3B Tim Wallach Expos 4
SS Barry Larkin Reds 2
OF Vince Coleman Cardinals 2
OF Andre Dawson Cubs 7
OF Von Hayes Phillies 1
OF Darryl Strawberry[1] Mets 6

American League

Position Player Team All-Star Games
P Dave Stewart Athletics 1
C Terry Steinbach Athletics 2
1B Mark McGwire Athletics 3
2B Julio Franco Rangers 1
3B Wade Boggs Red Sox 5
SS Cal Ripken, Jr. Orioles 7
OF Bo Jackson Royals 1
OF Kirby Puckett Twins 4
OF Rubén Sierra Rangers 1
DH Harold Baines White Sox 4
Position Player Team All-Star Games
P Chuck Finley Angels 1
P Mark Gubicza Royals 2
P Mike Henneman Tigers 1
P Doug Jones Indians 2
P Mike Moore Athletics 1
P Dan Plesac Brewers 3
P Jeff Russell Rangers 2
P Nolan Ryan Rangers 8
P Greg Swindell Indians 1
Position Player Team All-Star Games
C Mickey Tettleton Orioles 1
1B Don Mattingly Yankees 6
2B Steve Sax Yankees 4
3B Gary Gaetti Twins 2
3B Kelly Gruber Blue Jays 1
SS Tony Fernández Blue Jays 3
OF José Canseco[1] Athletics 3
OF Mike Greenwell Red Sox 2
OF Devon White Angels 1
DH Jeffrey Leonard Mariners 2


Coaching staff

Description NL AL
Managers Tommy Lasorda Tony La Russa
Coaches Jack McKeon Joe Morgan
Coaches Buck Rodgers Doug Rader
Honorary Captains Don Drysdale Carl Yastrzemski


Home Plate Jim Evans (AL)
First Base Bob Engel (NL)
Second Base Terry Cooney (AL)
Third Base Jerry Crawford (NL)
Left Field John Hirschbeck(AL)
Right Field Gerry Davis (NL)

Starting lineups

National League American League
Order Player Team Position Order Player Team Position
1 Ozzie Smith Cardinals SS 1 Bo Jackson Royals LF
2 Tony Gwynn Padres RF 2 Wade Boggs Red Sox 3B
3 Will Clark Giants 1B 3 Kirby Puckett Twins CF
4 Kevin Mitchell Giants LF 4 Harold Baines White Sox DH
5 Eric Davis Reds CF 5 Julio Franco Rangers 2B
6 Howard Johnson Mets 3B 6 Cal Ripken, Jr. Orioles SS
7 Pedro Guerrero Cardinals DH 7 Rubén Sierra Rangers RF
8 Ryne Sandberg Cubs 2B 8 Mark McGwire Athletics 1B
9 Benito Santiago Padres C 9 Terry Steinbach Athletics C
Rick Reuschel Giants P Dave Stewart Athletics P

Game summary

Tuesday, July 11, 1989 5:35 pm (PT) at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, California
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National League 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 9 1
American League 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 - 5 12 0
WP: Nolan Ryan (1-0)   LP: John Smoltz (0-1)   Sv: Doug Jones (1)
Home runs:
NL: None
AL: Wade Boggs (1), Bo Jackson (1)

The NL got off to a fast start off Dave Stewart in the first on RBI singles by Kevin Mitchell and Howard Johnson. The AL would counter in spectacular fashion in their half when game MVP Bo Jackson golfed the second pitch by Rick Reuschel, a low sinker, out in deep center. Wade Boggs followed with a homer to tie it.

The AL took the lead the very next inning when Jackson beat out a double play grounder, scoring Rubén Sierra. Jackson then stole second, making him the only player (to date) to have a home run and a stolen base in the same All-Star game. The AL expanded their lead to 5-2 in the third on RBI singles by Harold Baines and Sierra. The NL would get no closer than a run in the eighth when Von Hayes singled home Glenn Davis.

Footnotes and references

  1. ^ a b c d Player declined or was unable to play.

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1989 Atlanta Braves season

The 1989 Atlanta Braves season was the 119th in franchise history and their 24th in Atlanta.

1989 California Angels season

The 1989 California Angels season saw the Angels finish third in the American League West with a record of 91 wins and 71 losses.

1989 Los Angeles Dodgers season

The 1989 team came down to earth after the success of the 1988 season, finishing further down in the standings falling to fourth place in the Western Division of the National League.

1989 Montreal Expos season

The 1989 Montreal Expos season was the 21st season of the baseball franchise. With owner Charles Bronfman thinking of selling the team he founded, he contemplated taking one last shot at a playoff berth. Bronfman gave young general manager Dave Dombrowski a clear mandate to win now, reportedly telling him he would provided all the money needed in the quest to bring a championship to Montreal in 1989. Dombrowski pulled off a massive trade on May 25, acquiring star left-handed pitcher – and pending free agent – Mark Langston from the Seattle Mariners. While the move was viewed as a coup at the time, it came at a heavy cost as a young, very tall and very raw Randy Johnson was the key part of the package going to the Pacific Northwest. Johnson would eventually harness his fantastic stuff and became one of the game's most dominant left-handed pitchers for well over a decade. Langston pitched 4 months for the club and left as a free agent. Still, it seemed like a worthy gamble at the time for the Expos. That year, there was no dominant team in the National League. The team seemed poised to compete for the NL East crown with a loaded starting pitching staff that featured Langston, Dennis Martínez, Bryn Smith, Pascual Perez and Kevin Gross.

The team peaked on August 2 with an NL best record of 63-44, holding a 3-game lead in the NL East and everything running along smoothly. What followed would go down as the greatest collapse in franchise history. The next night, a Benny Distefano pinch hit single in the 12th inning dealt the Expos a 1-0 loss in Pittsburgh. It was the start of a 7-game losing streak. The club limped through the rest of August but remained in the race in early September, with the team being only 2 games back of 1st place on September 6. Regardless, the downward spiral continued as the Expos inexplicably ended up losing 37 of their final 55 games to finish the season a disappointing 81-81, well out of the playoff picture. The easiest analysis of what caused the collapse is to point to the offence, which struggled after August 2, scoring an MLB worst 3.23 runs per game. For long-time Expos fans, the collapse is viewed as the beginning of the end of the franchise. If the club had won the NL East title that year and then beaten the Giants in the NLCS, clinching a World Series berth in the process, Bronfman may have changed his mind about selling the team. Instead, the late season collapse after such a big win now move only added to the owner's frustration.

1989 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 1989 season was the Phillies 107th season. The Phillies finished in 6th place in the National League East for the second consecutive season. It would also be Mike Schmidt's final season.

1989 Pittsburgh Pirates season

The 1989 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 108th season of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise; the 103rd in the National League. This was their 20th season at Three Rivers Stadium. The Pirates finished fifth in the National League East with a record of 74–88.

1989 San Diego Padres season

The 1989 San Diego Padres season was the 21st season in franchise history.

1990 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1990 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 61st 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 10, 1990, at Wrigley Field in Chicago, the home of the Chicago Cubs of the National League. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 2-0. The game is remembered for a rain delay in the 7th inning that resulted in CBS airing Rescue 911 during the delay. This is also the first game – and so far the only one – to feature two players bearing the same name: Greg Olson. One was a pitcher, represented the AL squad and Baltimore Orioles and featured three G's in the first name and the other was a catcher, represented the NL squad and Atlanta Braves and featured only two G's in the first name.

The pregame ceremonies celebrated the 85th anniversary of the Great Lakes Naval Training Station which, as with previous All-Star Games held in Chicago, provided the colors presentation. After Wayne Messmer sang O Canada, recording artist (and native Chicagoan) Richard Marx sang The Star-Spangled Banner. The last All-Star Game previously held at Wrigley Field was represented by Ernie Banks who threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Bo Knows

"Bo Knows" was an advertising campaign for Nike cross-training shoes that ran in 1989 and 1990 and featured professional baseball and American football player Bo Jackson.

Jackson was the first athlete in the modern era to play professional baseball and football in the same year. He was a suitable spokesman for Nike's shoe geared toward an athlete engaged in more than one sport or with little time between activities to switch to sport-specific footwear.

Jimmie Reese

Jimmie Reese (October 1, 1901 – July 13, 1994) was an American Major League Baseball (MLB) infielder. He played second base, third base, and then coached at several professional levels.

Major League Baseball on NBC

Major League Baseball on NBC is the de facto branding for weekly broadcasts of Major League Baseball (MLB) games produced by NBC Sports, and televised on the NBC television network. Major League Baseball games first aired on the network from 1947 to 1989, when CBS acquired the broadcast television rights; games returned to the network in 1994 with coverage lasting until 2000. There have been several variations of the program dating back to the 1940s, including The NBC Game of the Week and Baseball Night in America.

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