1969 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1969 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 40th 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 in the afternoon on Wednesday, July 23, at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, D.C. and resulted in a 9–3 victory for the National League.[1][3] Steve Carlton was the winning pitcher while Mel Stottlemyre was the losing pitcher.[4]

1969 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
National League1251000009110
American League011100000362
DateJuly 23, 1969[1]
VenueRobert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium[1]
CityWashington, D.C.
MVPWillie McCovey (SF)
Ceremonial first pitchVice President Spiro Agnew
TV announcersCurt Gowdy, Tony Kubek,
and Mickey Mantle[2]
Radio announcersJim Simpson and Sandy Koufax
Souvenir tray commemorating the game

The game was originally scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, July 22, but heavy rains forced its postponement to the following afternoon.[5][6] The 1969 contest remains the last All-Star Game to date to be played earlier than prime time in the Eastern United States.

President Richard Nixon originally planned to attend the Tuesday night game and throw out the first ball, and then depart for the splashdown of Apollo 11 in the Pacific Ocean.[5] But with the game's postponement until Wednesday afternoon, Nixon missed the game altogether and Vice President Spiro Agnew attended instead.[6]

Game summary

After scoring in the first inning on an error, the National League made it 3–0 in the second inning against AL starter Mel Stottlemyre on a two-run homer by Reds' catcher Johnny Bench. Denny McLain was scheduled as the American League starter, but was late arriving to the stadium (via his own airplane) and pitched later in the game.[3]

Five more runs came across for the NL in the third inning, Blue Moon Odom of Oakland surrendering all. Willie McCovey's two-run homer and back-to-back doubles by Félix Millán and pitcher Steve Carlton were the key blows.[4]

McCovey added another home run in the fourth,[7] and was voted the game's most valuable player.

Starting lineup

National LeagueAmerican League
1Matty AlouPiratesOF1Rod CarewTwins2B
2Don KessingerCubsSS2Reggie JacksonAthleticsOF
3Hank AaronBravesOF3Frank RobinsonOriolesOF
4Willie McCoveyGiants1B4Boog PowellOrioles1B
5Ron SantoCubs3B5Frank HowardSenatorsOF
6Cleon JonesMetsOF6Sal BandoAthletics3B
7Johnny BenchRedsC7Rico PetrocelliRed SoxSS
8Félix MillánBraves2B8Bill FreehanTigersC
9Steve CarltonCardinalsP9Mel StottlemyreYankeesP



RHRay CulpBoston Red Sox
LHDarold KnowlesWashington Senators
LHMickey LolichDetroit TigersDid not pitch
LHSam McDowellCleveland Indians
RHDenny McLainDetroit Tigers
LHDave McNallyBaltimore Orioles
RHBlue Moon OdomOakland Athletics

Position players

CEllie RodríguezKansas City RoyalsDid not play
CJohnny RoseboroMinnesota Twins
1BDon MincherSeattle PilotsReplaced Mike Hegan
1BHarmon KillebrewMinnesota Twins
2BMike AndrewsBoston Red SoxReplaced Davey Johnson
2BDavey JohnsonBaltimore OriolesInjured, did not play
3BBrooks RobinsonBaltimore Orioles
SSJim FregosiCalifornia Angels
OFPaul BlairBaltimore Orioles
OFMike HeganSeattle PilotsInjured, did not play
OFCarlos MayChicago White Sox
OFTony OlivaMinnesota TwinsInjured, did not play
OFReggie SmithBoston Red Sox
OFRoy WhiteNew York Yankees
OFCarl YastrzemskiBoston Red Sox


RHLarry DierkerHouston Astros
RHBob GibsonSt. Louis Cardinals
LHGrant JacksonPhiladelphia PhilliesDid not pitch
RHJerry KoosmanNew York Mets
RHJuan MarichalSan Francisco GiantsDid not pitch
RHPhil NiekroAtlanta Braves
RHTom SeaverNew York MetsDid not pitch
RHBill SingerLos Angeles Dodgers

Position players

CChris CannizzaroSan Diego PadresDid not play
CRandy HundleyChicago Cubs
1BErnie BanksChicago Cubs
1BLee MayCincinnati Reds
2BGlenn BeckertChicago Cubs
3BTony PérezCincinnati Reds
SSDenis MenkeHouston Astros
OFRoberto ClementePittsburgh Pirates
OFWillie MaysSan Francisco Giants
OFPete RoseCincinnati Reds
OFRusty StaubMontreal ExposDid not play


Home PlateRed Flaherty (AL)
First BaseAugie Donatelli (NL)
Second BaseBob Stewart (AL)
Third BaseTom Gorman (NL)
Left FieldMarty Springstead (AL)
Right FieldTony Venzon (NL)

Line score

Wednesday, July 23, 1969 1:45 pm (ET) at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, D.C.
National League1251000009110
American League011100000362
WP: Steve Carlton (1-0)   LP: Mel Stottlemyre (0-1)   Sv: Phil Niekro (1)


  1. "1969 All-Star Game". Baseball Almanac.
  2. "1969 MLB All-Star Game". July 23, 1969 via www.imdb.com.
  3. Langford, George (July 24, 1969). "National League wins 7th in a row, 9–3". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, section 3.
  4. Loomis, Tom (July 24, 1969). "Victory only mirage for AL stars". Toledo Blade. p. 40.
  5. Langford, George (July 23, 1969). "All-Star Game rained out". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, section 3.
  6. "All-Star Game rained out; rescheduled this morning". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. July 23, 1969. p. 16.
  7. "McCovey's two homers pace National to triumph". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. July 23, 1969. p. 1B.
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