The 1997 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 68th 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 8, 1997, at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, the home of the Cleveland Indians of the American League. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 3-1. The game marked the fifth time the All-Star Game was held in Cleveland and first since 1981. It was also the first All-Star game held at Jacobs Field, which opened three years earlier.
|1997 Major League Baseball All-Star Game|
|Date||July 8, 1997|
|MVP||Sandy Alomar Jr. (CLE)|
|Ceremonial first pitch||Larry Doby|
|Television||Fox (United States)|
MLB International (International)
|TV announcers||Joe Buck, Tim McCarver and Bob Brenly (Fox)|
Gary Thorne and Ken Singleton (MLB International)
|Radio announcers||John Rooney, Jerry Coleman and Jeff Torborg|
Players in italics have since been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
|Home Plate||Larry Barnett (AL)|
|First Base||Gerry Davis (NL)|
|Second Base||Drew Coble (AL)|
|Third Base||Jeff Kellogg (NL)|
|Left Field||Terry Craft (AL)|
|Right Field||Wally Bell (NL)|
|National League||American League|
|1||Craig Biggio||Astros||2B||1||Brady Anderson||Orioles||LF|
|2||Tony Gwynn||Padres||DH||2||Alex Rodriguez||Mariners||SS|
|3||Barry Bonds||Giants||LF||3||Ken Griffey Jr.||Mariners||CF|
|4||Mike Piazza||Dodgers||C||4||Tino Martinez||Yankees||1B|
|5||Jeff Bagwell||Astros||1B||5||Edgar Martínez||Mariners||DH|
|6||Larry Walker||Rockies||RF||6||Paul O'Neill||Yankees||RF|
|7||Ken Caminiti||Padres||3B||7||Cal Ripken, Jr.||Orioles||3B|
|8||Ray Lankford||Cardinals||CF||8||Iván Rodríguez||Rangers||C|
|9||Jeff Blauser||Braves||SS||9||Roberto Alomar||Orioles||2B|
|Greg Maddux||Braves||P||Randy Johnson||Mariners||P|
|WP: José Rosado (1-0) LP: Shawn Estes (0-1) Sv: Mariano Rivera (1)|
NL: Javy López (1)
AL: Edgar Martínez (1), Sandy Alomar, Jr. (1)
The American League jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning led by a home run by Edgar Martínez of the Seattle Mariners. No one would score after that until the 7th inning when Javy López of the Atlanta Braves would tie the game with a home run of his own. However, in the bottom of the 7th, Bernie Williams of the New York Yankees walked and then Sandy Alomar, Jr. of the Cleveland Indians hit a home run to give the American League the lead and the win, as they held on to defeat the National League 3-1. Interestingly, all the runs were driven in and scored by players either born (Alomar, López & Williams) or raised (Martinez) in Puerto Rico. Winning pitcher José Rosado's family roots are also from that island.
The loudest ovation of the All-Star Game, which came early in the player introductions, was reserved for Kenny Lofton, whom the Indians had traded to the Atlanta Braves prior to the start of the 1997 season. Lofton was on the National League roster, but was injured and did not play. Also in the pregame ceremonies, Albert Belle, who was representing the Chicago White Sox, was booed for leaving the Indians as a free agent the previous winter.
Unlike past years, the performance of O Canada, this year by the McAuley Boys, was not televised. Instead, the Fox network, airing its first All-Star Game, went into a commercial break, resulting in angry phone calls from Canadian television viewers. The Canadian National Anthem was later shown on tape delay after the game in the Cleveland area. Country star LeAnn Rimes sang the National Anthem following the commercial break. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of baseball's breaking of the color barrier, the ceremonial first pitch featured former Indian Larry Doby, the first African-American player to play in the American League.
One of the more colorful moments in All-Star Game history occurred during an at bat with Randy Johnson of the Seattle Mariners pitching and Larry Walker of the Colorado Rockies at the plate. The teams of the two former Montreal Expos teammates had faced each other about one month prior. However, when Johnson started on June 12, Walker chose not to play, explaining that, "I faced Randy one time in spring training and he almost killed me." In this All-Star Game, Walker batted against Johnson, who theatrically threw over his head. Ever adaptable, Walker placed his batting helmet backwards and switched sides in the batters' box to stand right-handed for one pitch. He ended the at bat by drawing a walk. The incident momentarily drew mirth and laughter from players in both dugouts, fans and announcers, and comparisons to Johnson pitching against John Kruk in the 1993 All-Star Game, in which he also threw over his head. In spite of garnering a reputation of avoiding Johnson, Walker batted .393 (11 hits in 28 at bats) against him in his career, nearly double the rate of all left-handed batters at .199.
Alomar was named MVP of the game, becoming the first player to win the All Star Game MVP award as a member of the host team (Pedro Martínez in 1999 and Shane Bieber in 2019 would later win MVP awards in their home ballparks). After the game, Major League Baseball CEO Paul Beeston presented Alomar with the MVP Award in lieu of the Commissioner of Baseball, who would not be named until after the next All-Star Game, when then-Chairman of the Executive Committee Bud Selig was officially named Commissioner.
This was the last All-Star Game in which the Milwaukee Brewers were a member of the American League. The Brewers moved to the National League for the 1998 season.
The 1997 Baltimore Orioles season saw the Orioles finishing 1st in the American League East with a record of 98 wins and 64 losses. They met the Seattle Mariners in the ALDS, and beat them in 4 games. However, in the ALCS, they would play the Cleveland Indians, where they would fall in 6 games. It would be their last winning season until 15 years later.1997 Cincinnati Reds season
The 1997 Cincinnati Reds season consisted of the Cincinnati Reds attempting to win the National League Central. The Reds were managed by Ray Knight and Jack McKeon.1997 Cleveland Indians season
The 1997 Cleveland Indians season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Indians making their second World Series appearance in three years. The Indians finished in first place in the American League Central and hosted the 1997 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.1997 Florida Marlins season
The Florida Marlins' 1997 season was the fifth season for the Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise in the National League. It would begin with the team attempting to improve on their season from 1996. Their manager was Jim Leyland. They played home games at Pro Player Stadium. They finished with a record of 92-70, posting the first winning season in franchise history and winning the NL Wild Card. They got through the National League playoffs and won the World Series over the Cleveland Indians.1997 Los Angeles Dodgers season
The 1997 Los Angeles Dodgers season, under manager Bill Russell, was a season in American baseball. It was competitive all season long before finally fading down the stretch; the Dodgers finished in second place behind their longtime rivals, San Francisco Giants, in the Western Division of the National League. The edition of the Dodgers had, for the second time in team history (and for the first time since 1977), four players crack the 30 home run barrier: Mike Piazza led the team with 40, Eric Karros and Todd Zeile hit 31 each, and Raul Mondesi hit 30.1997 Montreal Expos season
The 1997 Montreal Expos season was the 29th season of the franchise. They finished 78-84, 23 games back of the Atlanta Braves in the NL East and 14 games back of the Florida Marlins in the Wild Card. They played the Toronto Blue Jays in Interleague play for the first time during the season.1997 Philadelphia Phillies season
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The pregame ceremony honored the United States Air Force Academy who provided the five-man color guard, flag presentations, and, at the end of country music singer Faith Hill's performance of the U.S. National Anthem, the flyover ceremonies. Hill's National Anthem performance was preceded by actress Gloria Reuben's performance of The Canadian National Anthem.
Twelve-year-old Elias Kurts was given the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch, the first "non-celebrity" so honored.Baseball Heritage Museum
The Baseball Heritage Museum is a baseball museum in Cleveland, Ohio, located at the site of League Park, former home of the Cleveland Indians at 6601 Lexington Avenue, Cleveland Ohio, 44103. The Baseball Heritage Museum is part of renovated League Park complex at East 66th Street and Lexington Avenue and resides in the former League Park ticket house.Jason Dickson
Jason Dickson (born March 30, 1973) is a Canadian-born former baseball pitcher.
Dickson is a graduate of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. He played for the Somerset Patriots and was drafted by the California Angels in the 6th round of the 1994 MLB Amateur Draft. He was part of Team Canada in the 2004 Summer Olympics which finished in fourth place.
Called up to the Angels squad on August 21, 1996, the first batter he faced was Derek Jeter, who homered off Dickson's third Major League pitch.
Dickson was named to the 1997 Major League Baseball All-Star Game as a 24-year-old representing the Anaheim Angels. He finished his first full season with 13 wins and a 4.29 ERA but struggled the next year, going 10–10 with a 6.05 ERA.
Over four seasons in the majors, Dickson had a 26–25 record and 4.99 career ERA. However, injuries all but nullified his once promising career.
In 1996, he won the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame's Tip O'Neill Award.
Raised in Miramichi, New Brunswick, Dickson has been a supporter of the New Brunswick Liberals and campaigned for them in the 2003 election. It was reported in the March 7, 2006 Times & Transcript that he was considering running for the Liberals in the next provincial election. He ran for and lost the right to run for the Liberals in the riding of Miramichi-Bay du Vin at a May 28, 2006 nominating convention. He placed third in a field of four candidates with 91 of 531 votes.He is now a pitcher for the Chatham Ironmen of the New-Brunswick Senior Baseball League.
On June 22, 2016 he was acclaimed as Baseball Canada President at the organization’s Annual General Meeting in Toronto.Larry Doby
Lawrence Eugene Doby (December 13, 1923 – June 18, 2003) was an American professional baseball player in the Negro leagues and Major League Baseball (MLB) who was the second black player to break baseball's color barrier and the first black player in the American League. A native of Camden, South Carolina and three-sport all-state athlete while in high school in Paterson, New Jersey, Doby accepted a basketball scholarship from Long Island University. At 17 years of age, he began his professional baseball career with the Newark Eagles as the team's second baseman. Doby joined the United States Navy during World War II. His military service complete, Doby returned to baseball in 1946, and along with teammate Monte Irvin, helped the Eagles win the Negro League World Series.
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Doby later served as the second black manager in the majors with the Chicago White Sox, and in 1995 was appointed to a position in the AL's executive office. He also served as a director with the New Jersey Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998 by the Hall's Veterans Committee and died in 2003 at the age of 79.Major League Baseball All-Time Team
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Pepe Yñiguez is a Spanish-language baseball broadcaster for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He joined the Dodgers broadcast team in 1999, teaming with Hall of Fame announcer Jaime Jarrín. For several off-seasons he also hosted "Central Deportiva", a weekly sports talk show on KWKW. He has also broadcast numerous events for Fox Sports International, including the 1997–2005 World Series. He has also broadcast the 1997 Major League Baseball All-Star Game and the Caribbean Series. From 1993-95 he also served as the Spanish radio broadcaster for the Los Angeles Raiders. Beginning with the 2015 season he began calling the Dodgers games on the Spanish language feed of SportsNet LA alongside former Dodgers pitcher Fernando Valenzuela.Royce Clayton
Royce Spencer Clayton (born January 2, 1970) is an American former Major League Baseball shortstop and has appeared in two films. He is currently the head varsity baseball coach at Oaks Christian School.Terry Craft
Terry Lee Craft (born December 9, 1954) is a former professional baseball umpire who worked in the American League from 1987 to 1999 and throughout both major leagues from 2000 to 2006. Craft umpired 1,734 major league games in his 20-year career. He umpired in two no-hitters, a Major League Baseball All-Star Game, an American League Championship Series, and two Division Series.The McAuley Boys
The McAuley Boys are an R&B vocal quartet based in London, Ontario, Canada. The members include brothers Ronald (Gary) McAuley, George McAuley, Mark McAuley, and Randal (Randy) McAuley. They are most notable for their 1997 Juno Award nomination for Best R&B/Soul Recording, having their cover of the Andy Gibb song "I Just Want To Be Your Everything" released on BMG Music Canada's Beat Factory Music GROOVEssentials Volume One, and performing the Canadian National Anthem "O Canada" at the 1997 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. They cite The Jackson 5 as being their main influence.
|Results and Awards|
² — Two All-Star Games were played these seasons. Italics indicate future games.
1997 MLB season by team
|AL Championship Series|
|NL Championship Series|
|AL Division Series|
|NL Division Series|
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|AL Championship Series|
|NL Championship Series|
|AL Division Series|
|NL Division Series|