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. Outfielder Jose Canseco of the Oakland Athletics and First Baseman Will Clark of the San Francisco Giants were the leaders of their leagues in the fan votes. They both batted third in the line up for their squads.

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.

1990 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
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American League 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 7 0
National League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
DateJuly 10, 1990
VenueWrigley Field
CityChicago, Illinois
Managers
MVPJulio Franco (TEX)
Attendance39,071
Ceremonial first pitchErnie Banks
TelevisionCBS
TV announcersJack Buck and Tim McCarver
RadioCBS
Radio announcersJohn Rooney, Jerry Coleman and Johnny Bench

Rosters

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

American League

Starters
Position Player Team All-Star Games
P Bob Welch Athletics 2
C Sandy Alomar, Jr. Indians 1
1B Mark McGwire Athletics 4
2B Steve Sax Yankees 5
3B Wade Boggs Red Sox 6
SS Cal Ripken, Jr. Orioles 8
OF José Canseco Athletics 4
OF Ken Griffey, Jr. Mariners 1
OF Rickey Henderson Athletics 9
Pitchers
Position Player Team All-Star Games
P Roger Clemens Red Sox 3
P Dennis Eckersley Athletics 4
P Chuck Finley Angels 2
P Randy Johnson Mariners 1
P Doug Jones Indians 3
P Gregg Olson Orioles 1
P Bret Saberhagen Royals 2
P Dave Stieb Blue Jays 7
P Bobby Thigpen White Sox 1
Reserves
Position Player Team All-Star Games
C Lance Parrish Angels 8
1B Cecil Fielder Tigers 1
2B Julio Franco Rangers 2
3B Kelly Gruber Blue Jays 2
3B Brook Jacoby Indians 2
SS Ozzie Guillén White Sox 2
SS Alan Trammell Tigers 6
OF George Bell Blue Jays 2
OF Ellis Burks[1] Red Sox 1
OF Kirby Puckett Twins 5
DH Dave Parker Brewers 7

Manager: Tony La Russa, Oakland Coaches: Joe Morgan, Boston Jeff Torborg, Chicago White Sox

National League

Starters
Position Player Team All-Star Games
P Jack Armstrong Reds 1
C Mike Scioscia Dodgers 2
1B Will Clark Giants 2
2B Ryne Sandberg Cubs 7
3B Chris Sabo Reds 2
SS Ozzie Smith Cardinals 10
OF Andre Dawson Cubs 8
OF Lenny Dykstra Phillies 1
OF Kevin Mitchell Giants 2
Pitchers
Position Player Team All-Star Games
P Jeff Brantley Giants 1
P Rob Dibble Reds 1
P John Franco Mets 4
P Neal Heaton Pirates 1
P Dennis Martínez Expos 1
P Ramón Martínez Dodgers 1
P Randy Myers Reds 1
P Dave Smith Astros 2
P Frank Viola Mets 2
Reserves
Position Player Team All-Star Games
C Greg Olson Braves 1
C Benito Santiago[1] Padres 4
2B Roberto Alomar Padres 1
3B Tim Wallach Expos 5
3B Matt Williams Giants 1
SS Shawon Dunston Cubs 2
SS Barry Larkin Reds 3
OF Barry Bonds Pirates 1
OF Bobby Bonilla Pirates 3
OF Tony Gwynn Padres 6
OF Darryl Strawberry Mets 7

Manager: Roger Craig, San Francisco Coaches: Jack McKeon, San Diego Don Zimmer, Chicago Cubs

Game

Umpires

Home Plate Ed Montague (NL)
First Base Dave Phillips (AL)
Second Base Steve Rippley (NL)
Third Base Mark Johnson (AL)
Left Field Dana DeMuth (NL)
Right Field Tim Welke (AL)

Starting lineups

American League National League
Order Player Team Position Order Player Team Position
1 Rickey Henderson Athletics LF 1 Lenny Dykstra Phillies CF
2 Wade Boggs Red Sox 3B 2 Ryne Sandberg Cubs 2B
3 José Canseco Athletics RF 3 Will Clark Giants 1B
4 Cal Ripken, Jr. Orioles SS 4 Kevin Mitchell Giants LF
5 Ken Griffey, Jr. Mariners CF 5 Andre Dawson Cubs RF
6 Mark McGwire Athletics 1B 6 Chris Sabo Reds 3B
7 Sandy Alomar, Jr. Indians C 7 Mike Scioscia Dodgers C
8 Steve Sax Yankees 2B 8 Ozzie Smith Cardinals SS
9 Bob Welch Athletics P 9 Jack Armstrong Reds P

Game summary

Tuesday, July 10, 1990 7:35 pm (CT) at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
American League 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 7 0
National League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
WP: Bret Saberhagen (1-0)   LP: Jeff Brantley (0-1)   Sv: Dennis Eckersley (1)

All the scoring was done by The American League. In the Top of The Seventh Inning Julio Franco hit a double to Right Field sending Sandy Alomar home from Third Base and Lance Parrish home from First Base.

Footnotes and references

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

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1990 Atlanta Braves season

The 1990 Atlanta Braves season was the team's 25th season in Atlanta, the 115th in franchise history as a member of the National League and the 120th season overall. The Braves went 65–97, en route to their sixth-place finish in the NL West, 26 games behind the World Champion Cincinnati Reds, and ending up with the worst record that year. On June 23, Bobby Cox replaced Russ Nixon as the team's manager, a job Cox would hold for the next two decades.

1990 Chicago Cubs season

The 1990 Chicago Cubs season was the 119th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 115th in the National League and the 75th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished fourth in the National League East with a record of 77–85.

1990 Cincinnati Reds season

The Cincinnati Reds' 1990 season was the Reds' 122nd season in American baseball. Starting with a club best nine straight wins to open the season, as well as holding the top spot in the National League West every game during the season, the Reds went 41-21 after 62 games, splitting the remaining 100 games 50-50 to end up with a 91-71 record. It consisted of the 91-71 Reds winning the National League West by five games over the second-place Dodgers, as well as the National League Championship Series in six games over the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the World Series in a four-game sweep over the overwhelming favorite Oakland Athletics, who had won the World Series the previous year. It was the fifth World Championship for the Reds, and their first since winning two consecutive titles in 1975 and '76.

1990 Los Angeles Dodgers season

The Dodgers finished in second place to the Cincinnati Reds in the 1990 National League Western Division race, as the teams pitching staff led the majors with 29 complete games. Ramón Martínez became the youngest Dodger starter to win 20 games since Ralph Branca and also tied Sandy Koufax's club record with 18 strikeouts against the Atlanta Braves on June 4. On June 29, Fernando Valenzuela managed to throw a no hitter against the St. Louis Cardinals, the same night that Dave Stewart threw a no hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays as well.

1990 Montreal Expos season

The 1990 Montreal Expos season was the 22nd season in franchise history.

1990 Pittsburgh Pirates season

The 1990 Pittsburgh Pirates season was their 109th season; the 104th in the National League. This was their 21st season at Three Rivers Stadium. The Pirates finished first in the National League East with a record of 95–67. They were defeated four games to two by the Cincinnati Reds in the 1990 National League Championship Series.

1990 San Diego Padres season

The 1990 San Diego Padres season was the 22nd season in franchise history. The team finished with a 75–87 record. They scored 673 runs and allowed 673 runs for a run differential of zero.

1991 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1991 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 62nd 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 9, 1991, at SkyDome in Toronto, the home of the Toronto Blue Jays of the American League. It was only the second time that the game was played outside the United States, as the National League's Montreal Expos hosted the 1982 Midsummer Classic at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Quebec. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 4-2. Both the winning and losing pitchers represented the Canadian teams; the Blue Jays' Jimmy Key earned the win while the Expos' Dennis Martínez was given the loss. This was also the only All-Star Game to be awarded by Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti, who awarded the game to the Blue Jays on Canada Day 1989.

Al López

Alfonso Ramón López (August 20, 1908 – October 30, 2005) was a Spanish-American professional baseball catcher and manager. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Brooklyn Robins / Dodgers, Boston Bees, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Cleveland Indians between 1928 and 1947, and was the manager for the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox from 1951 to 1965 and during portions of the 1968 and 1969 seasons. Due to his Spanish ancestry and "gentlemanly" nature, he was nicknamed "El Señor".

As a player, López was a two-time All-Star known for his defensive skills, leadership, and durability, as he established a major league record for career games played at catcher (1,918) that stood for decades. As a manager, his .584 career winning percentage ranks fourth best in major league history among managers of at least 2,000 games. His 1954 Cleveland Indians and 1959 Chicago White Sox teams were the only squads to interrupt the New York Yankees' string of American League pennants from 1949 to 1964, inclusive. Over the course of 18 full seasons as a baseball manager (15 in the major leagues and 3 in the minor leagues), López's teams never finished with a losing record. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977.

Al López's parents immigrated to the United States from Spain shortly before his birth, and he grew up in the immigrant community of Ybor City in Tampa, Florida. He retired with his family to his hometown after his baseball career, and his accomplishments were commemorated in Tampa in the name of a baseball stadium (Al López Field) and a public park which bears his name and features his statue. His childhood home was moved next door to Ybor City State Museum and is being renovated to house the Tampa Baseball Museum.

Ernie Banks

Ernest Banks (January 31, 1931 – January 23, 2015), nicknamed "Mr. Cub" and "Mr. Sunshine", was an American professional baseball player who starred in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a shortstop and first baseman for the Chicago Cubs between 1953 and 1971. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977, and was named to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999.

Banks is regarded by some as one of the greatest players of all time. He began playing professional baseball in 1950 with the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro leagues. He served in the U.S. military for two years, played for the Monarchs again, and began his major league career in September 1953. The following year, Banks was the National League Rookie of the Year runner-up. Beginning in 1955, Banks was a National League (NL) All-Star for 11 seasons, playing in 13 of the 15 All-Star Games held during those years. Banks was the Cubs' main attraction in the late 1950s, the National League Most Valuable Player in 1958 and 1959, and the Cubs' first Gold Glove winner in 1960.

In 1962, Banks became a regular first baseman for the Cubs. Between 1967 and 1971, he was a player-coach. In 1969, through a Chicago Sun-Times fan poll, Cubs fans voted him the greatest Cub ever. In 1970, Banks hit his 500th career home run at Wrigley Field. He retired from playing in 1971, was a coach for the Cubs in 1972, and in 1982 was the team's first player to have his uniform number retired.

Banks was active in the Chicago community during and after his tenure with the Cubs. He founded a charitable organization, became the first black Ford Motor Company dealer in the United States, and made an unsuccessful bid for a local political office. In 2013, Banks was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his contribution to sports. Banks lived in the Los Angeles and Chicago areas.

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