1970 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1970 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 41st 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 on the evening of July 14, 1970, at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, home of the Cincinnati Reds of the National League, and resulted in a 5–4 victory for the NL.[1][2]

1970 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
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DateJuly 14, 1970[1][2]
VenueRiverfront Stadium[1][2]
CityCincinnati, Ohio
MVPCarl Yastrzemski[1][2] (BOS)
Ceremonial first pitchPresident Richard Nixon[2]
TV announcersCurt Gowdy, Tony Kubek and Mickey Mantle
Radio announcersJim Simpson and Sandy Koufax
Richard Nixon throwing out the first ball of the game.
Nixon throwing a ball to the fans.

This was the first MLB All-Star Game ever played at night, coinciding with prime time in the Eastern United States.[1][2] (The previous year's All-Star Game was originally scheduled to be played at night, but it was rained out and played the following afternoon.) Every All-Star Game since 1970 has been played at night.

Riverfront Stadium had barely been open two weeks when it hosted its first All-Star Game. The game was hosted by the Cincinnati Reds twice before (1938 and 1953) when their home park was Crosley Field. The Reds would host one more All-Star Game at Riverfront Stadium in 1988. So close was the opening of the stadium and the scheduled exhibition game, that Major League Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn did not confirm that the game would "definitely" be played in Cincinnati until June 1. Atlanta was the alternative site.[4]

Undeniably, the most remembered moment of the game was the final run, scored in the bottom of the twelfth by Pete Rose. The ball was relayed to the American League catcher, Ray Fosse, in time to tag Rose out, but the tenacious Rose bowled Fosse over enough to drop the ball, giving Rose credit for the game-winning run.[1][2]

Fan balloting returns

For the first time since 1957, Major League Baseball restored the selection of the eight position players on each All-Star team to the fans. Fan balloting had been revoked after ballot-stuffing campaigns over a number of years. To avoid a repeat of the problem, the 26 million ballots were evenly distributed to 75,000 retail outlets, and 150 minor and major league stadiums. Major League Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn also announced a special panel would be in place to review voting to determine if ballot stuffing had occurred.[5]

American League roster

The American League roster included 9 future Hall of Fame players, denoted in italics.[2][6]

Elected Starters

CBill FreehanDetroit Tigers
1BBoog PowellBaltimore Orioles
2BRod CarewMinnesota Twinsinjured
3BHarmon KillebrewMinnesota Twins
SSLuis AparicioChicago White Sox
OFFrank HowardWashington Senators
OFFrank RobinsonBaltimore Orioles
OFCarl YastrzemskiBoston Red Sox


LHMike CuellarBaltimore Oriolesdid not pitch
RHCatfish HunterOakland Athletics
LHSam McDowellCleveland Indians
LHDave McNallyBaltimore Oriolesdid not pitch
RHJim PalmerBaltimore Oriolesstarting pitcher
RHJim PerryMinnesota Twins
LHFritz PetersonNew York Yankees
RHMel StottlemyreNew York Yankees
LHClyde WrightCalifornia Angels

Reserve position players

CRay FosseCleveland Indians
CJerry MosesBoston Red Soxdid not play
2BSandy Alomar Sr.California Angels
2BDavey JohnsonBaltimore Oriolesstarted for Carew
3BTommy HarperMilwaukee Brewers
3BBrooks RobinsonBaltimore Orioles
SSJim FregosiCalifornia Angels
OFWillie HortonDetroit Tigers
OFAlex JohnsonCalifornia Angels
OFTony OlivaMinnesota Twins
OFAmos OtisKansas City Royals
OFRoy WhiteNew York Yankeesdid not play

Coaching staff

ManagerEarl WeaverBaltimore Orioles
CoachRalph HoukNew York Yankees
CoachLefty PhillipsCalifornia Angels

National League roster

The National League roster included 14 future Hall of Fame players and coaches, denoted in italics, as well as all-time hits leader Pete Rose.[2][6]

Elected starters

CJohnny BenchCincinnati Reds
1BDick AllenSt. Louis Cardinals
2BGlenn BeckertChicago Cubs
3BTony PérezCincinnati Reds
SSDon KessingerChicago Cubs
OFHank AaronAtlanta Braves
OFRico CartyAtlanta Braves
OFWillie MaysSan Francisco Giants


RHBob GibsonSt. Louis Cardinals
LHJoe HoernerPhiladelphia Philliesdid not pitch
LHJim MerrittCincinnati Reds
LHClaude OsteenLos Angeles Dodgers
RHGaylord PerrySan Francisco Giants
RHTom SeaverNew York Metsstarting pitcher
RHWayne SimpsonCincinnati Redsdid not pitch
RHHoyt WilhelmAtlanta Bravesdid not pitch

Reserve position players

CDick DietzSan Francisco Giants
CJoe TorreSt. Louis Cardinals
1BJim HickmanChicago Cubs
1BWillie McCoveySan Francisco Giants
2BDenis MenkeHouston Astros
2BFélix MillánAtlanta Bravesinjured
2BJoe MorganHouston Astros
3BBilly GrabarkewitzLos Angeles Dodgers
SSBud HarrelsonNew York Mets
OFRoberto ClementePittsburgh Pirates
OFCito GastonSan Diego Padres
OFPete RoseCincinnati Reds
OFRusty StaubMontréal Expos

Coaching staff

ManagerGil HodgesNew York Mets
CoachLeo DurocherChicago Cubs
CoachLum HarrisAtlanta Braves

Starting lineups

While the starters were elected by the fans, the batting orders and starting pitchers were selected by the managers.[2]

American LeagueNational League
1Luis AparicioChicago White SoxSS1Willie MaysSan Francisco GiantsCF
2Carl YastrzemskiBoston Red SoxCF2Dick AllenSt. Louis Cardinals1B
3Frank RobinsonBaltimore OriolesRF3Hank AaronAtlanta BravesRF
4Boog PowellBaltimore Orioles1B4Tony PérezCincinnati Reds3B
5Harmon KillebrewMinnesota Twins3B5Rico CartyAtlanta BravesLF
6Frank HowardWashington SenatorsLF6Johnny BenchCincinnati RedsC
7Davey JohnsonBaltimore Orioles2B7Don KessingerChicago CubsSS
8Bill FreehanDetroit TigersC8Glenn BeckertChicago Cubs2B
9Jim PalmerBaltimore OriolesP9Tom SeaverNew York MetsP


Home PlateAl Barlick (NL)
First BaseJohn Rice (AL)
Second BaseFrank Secory (NL)
Third BaseBill Haller (AL)
Left FieldFrank Dezelan (NL)
Right FieldRuss Goetz (AL)

Scoring summary

Scoring opened in the top of the sixth inning for the AL, with Gaylord Perry pitching in relief for the NL. Ray Fosse singled, and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Sam McDowell. Two batters later, with one out, Carl Yastrzemski singled home Fosse to give the AL a 1–0 lead.[8]

The American League added another run in the top of the seventh inning. With one out, Brooks Robinson singled. Tony Oliva walked, with Robinson advancing to second base. Davey Johnson singled to load the bases. Ray Fosse then hit a sacrifice fly, allowing Robinson to score, pushing the AL advantage to 2–0.[8]

The NL answered in the bottom of the seventh inning. Jim Perry had entered to pitch in relief for the AL, and gave up a single to Bud Harrelson to start the inning. Cito Gaston walked, sending Harrelson to second base. Jim Perry then hit Denis Menke with a pitch to load the bases. Willie McCovey, pinch hitting for Gaylord Perry, grounded into a double play, permitting Harrelson to score and cutting the AL lead to 2–1.[8]

The AL increased their lead in the top of the eighth inning. With one out, Carl Yastrzemski and Willie Horton hit back-to-back singles, putting runners at first and second bases. Amos Otis flew out, permitting Yastrzemski to tag up and move to third. Brooks Robinson tripled, scoring Yastrzemski and Horton. The AL now led 4–1.[8]

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Catfish Hunter entered to pitch in relief for the AL, and promptly gave up a home run to Dick Dietz. Bud Harrelson singled. One batter later, with one out, Joe Morgan singled, sending Harrelson to second base. Fritz Peterson entered to relieve Hunter. The first batter he faced, Willie McCovey, singled, scoring Harrelson, and moving Morgan to third base. Mel Stottlemyre was sent in to relieve Peterson, as Roberto Clemente was sent to pinch hit for the pitcher, Bob Gibson. Clemente hit a sacrifice fly, permitting Morgan to score. The inning ended with Pete Rose striking out. The 4–4 score sent the game to extra innings.[8]

In the bottom of the twelfth, NL batters were facing Clyde Wright, in his second inning of relief pitching for the AL. With two outs, Pete Rose and Billy Grabarkewitz hit back-to-back singles to put runners on first and second bases. Jim Hickman singled to Amos Otis in center field. Otis fired the ball to catcher Ray Fosse as Pete Rose ran past third base, heading to home. Otis' throw was on target on the third base side of home plate, and arrived as Rose reached Fosse. Rose bowled over Fosse, forcing him to drop the ball. Rose scored to end the game.[8]

Line score

Tuesday, July 14, 1970 8:15 pm (ET) at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio
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WP: Claude Osteen (1-0)   LP: Clyde Wright (0-1)
Home runs:
AL: None
NL: Dick Dietz (1)

Game notes and records

NBC's telecast of the game earned a national Nielsen rating of 28.5, the highest ever for an All-Star Game.[9]

Claude Osteen was credited with the win. Clyde Wright was charged with the loss. Mel Stottlemyre, who permitted the tying run to score in the bottom of the ninth, was charged with a blown save.[7]

Rico Carty became the first player in history to be elected to the All-Star team by the fans as a write-in candidate.[10][11]

Twenty-three-year-old Ray Fosse suffered a fractured and separated left shoulder when Pete Rose collided with him on the last play of the game. The damage was not immediately noticed in X-rays taken that evening. While he continued playing for about a month, by his own admission, he never regained his swing and never returned to the level of play that he played at before the injury. In a 1999 San Francisco Chronicle interview, he demonstrated that he still could not lift his left arm, and suffers from arthritis as a result of the injury.[12][13] The collision opened the debate of collisions at home plate between a runner and a batter, with prohibitions of the practice imposed at amateur levels. After Buster Posey suffered a season-ending injury during the 2013 MLB season, Major League Baseball imposed a rule prohibiting the practice in 2014.

This was the NL's eighth consecutive win. The AL would end the streak next year, but the NL began an 11-game winning streak in 1972.[14]

Carl Yastrzemski tied the All-Star Game record for hits in a game (4), and singles in a game (3).[15]

Carl Yastrzemski became the second player to win the MVP award while playing for the losing team.[16]

Prior to this year, the award given to the MVP of the game had been called the Arch Ward Memorial Award. Starting this year, the award would be called the Commissioner's Trophy. It would be restored to its original name in 1982 before being renamed for Ted Williams in 2002.[17]


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