1968 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1968 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 39th 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.

1968 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
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DateJuly 9, 1968
VenueHouston Astrodome
CityHouston, Texas
MVPWillie Mays (San Francisco Giants)
TV announcersCurt Gowdy, Pee Wee Reese and Sandy Koufax
Radio announcersJim Simpson, Tony Kubek and Gene Elston

The game was held on July 9, 1968, at the Astrodome in Houston, Texas the home of the Houston Astros of the National League, making this the first All-Star Game to be played indoors. The game resulted in the National League defeating the American League 1–0. It is the only All-Star Game played without a run batted in (RBI).

This was the first night All-Star Game since 1944. Apart from the 1969 game (which was originally scheduled to be played at night but was postponed to the following afternoon due to rain), all subsequent All-Star Games have been played at night.

Game summary

The American League was limited to three hits, unable to get a rally going against Don Drysdale, Juan Marichal, Steve Carlton and Tom Seaver, all future Hall of Famers.

A first-inning run scored by Willie Mays on a single, an errant pickoff attempt, a wild pitch by Luis Tiant and a double-play ball gave the winning National league the only run they would need.

Don Wert's eighth-inning double momentarily gave the AL a threat to tie the game, but Seaver struck out the side. In the ninth, with two out, Jerry Koosman was brought in from the bullpen to face Carl Yastrzemski, whose strikeout ended the game.

Starting lineups

American LeagueNational League
1Jim FregosiAngelsSS1Willie MaysGiantsOF
2Rod CarewTwins2B2Curt FloodCardinalsOF
3Carl YastrzemskiRed SoxOF3Willie McCoveyGiants1B
4Frank HowardSenatorsOF4Hank AaronBravesOF
5Willie HortonTigersOF5Ron SantoCubs3B
6Harmon KillebrewTwins1B6Tommy HelmsReds2B
7Bill FreehanTigersC7Jerry GroteMetsC
8Brooks RobinsonOrioles3B8Don KessingerCubsSS
9Luis TiantIndiansP9Don DrysdaleDodgersP



RHGary BellBoston Red Sox
LHTommy JohnChicago White Sox
LHSam McDowellCleveland Indians
RHDenny McLainDetroit Tigers
RHBlue Moon OdomOakland Athletics
RHJosé SantiagoBoston Red Sox
RHMel StottlemyreNew York Yankees

Position players

1BMickey MantleNew York Yankees
1BBoog PowellBaltimore Orioles
2BDavey JohnsonBaltimore Orioles
3BDon WertDetroit Tigers
CJoe AzcueCleveland Indians
CDuane JosephsonChicago White Sox
OFRick MondayOakland Athletics
OFTony OlivaMinnesota Twins
OFKen HarrelsonBoston Red Sox
SSBert CampanerisOakland Athletics


LHSteve CarltonSt. Louis Cardinals
LHWoody FrymanPhiladelphia Phillies
RHBob GibsonSt. Louis Cardinals
RHJerry KoosmanNew York Mets
RHJuan MarichalSan Francisco Giants
RHRon ReedAtlanta Braves
RHTom SeaverNew York Mets

Position players

1BRusty StaubHouston Astros
2BJulian JavierSt. Louis Cardinals
3BTony PérezCincinnati Reds
CJohnny BenchCincinnati Reds
CTom HallerLos Angeles Dodgers
OFFelipe AlouAtlanta Braves
OFMatty AlouPittsburgh Pirates
OFPete RoseCincinnati Reds
OFBilly WilliamsChicago Cubs
SSGene AlleyPittsburgh Pirates
SSLeo CardenasCincinnati Reds

Line score

Line score

Tuesday, July 9, 1968 7:15 pm (CT) at Houston Astrodome in Houston, Texas
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WP: Don Drysdale (1-0)   LP: Luis Tiant (0-1)   Sv: Jerry Koosman
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