1974 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1974 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 45th 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 23, 1974, at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League. The game resulted in the National League defeating the American League 7–2.

1974 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
American League002000000241[1]
National League01021012x7101[1]
DateJuly 23, 1974[1][2]
VenueThree Rivers Stadium[1][2]
CityPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
MVPSteve Garvey (LA)
Ceremonial first pitchJohn W. Galbreath
TV announcersCurt Gowdy, Joe Garagiola and Tony Kubek
Radio announcersJim Simpson and Maury Wills

This marked the third time the Pirates had been host for the All-Star Game (the first two having been in 1944 and the first game in 1959). This would be the first of two times that the game would be played at Three Rivers Stadium, with the stadium hosting again in 1994.

American League roster

The American League roster included 10 future Hall of Fame players, denoted in italics.[2][3]

Elected starters

CCarlton FiskBoston Red Soxinjured
1BDick AllenChicago White Sox
2BRod CarewMinnesota Twins
3BBrooks RobinsonBaltimore Orioles
SSBert CampanerisOakland Athletics
OFReggie JacksonOakland Athletics
OFBobby MurcerNew York Yankees
OFJeff BurroughsTexas Rangers


RHSteve BusbyKansas City Royalsdid not pitch
RHMike CuellarBaltimore Oriolesdid not pitch
RHRollie FingersOakland Athletics
LHJohn HillerDetroit Tigersdid not pitch
RHCatfish HunterOakland Athletics
RHGaylord PerryCleveland Indiansstarting pitcher
RHLuis TiantBoston Red Sox
LHWilbur WoodChicago White Soxdid not pitch

Reserve position players

CEd HerrmannChicago White Soxdid not play
CThurman MunsonNew York Yankeesreplaced Fisk in starting lineup
CDarrell PorterMilwaukee Brewersdid not play
CJim SundbergTexas Rangers
1BJohn MayberryKansas City Royals
1BCarl YastrzemskiBoston Red Sox
2BBobby GrichBaltimore Orioles
2BCookie RojasKansas City Royals
3BSal BandoOakland Athleticsinjured
3BDave ChalkCalifornia Angels
3BDon MoneyMilwaukee Brewers
OFGeorge HendrickCleveland Indians
OFAl KalineDetroit Tigers
OFFrank RobinsonCalifornia Angels
OFJoe RudiOakland Athletics

Coaching staff

ManagerDick WilliamsCalifornia Angels
CoachWhitey HerzogCalifornia Angels
CoachJack McKeonKansas City Royals
CoachEarl WeaverBaltimore Orioles

National League roster

The National League roster included 7 future Hall of Fame players, denoted in italics.[2][3]

Elected starters

CJohnny BenchCincinnati Reds
1BSteve GarveyLos Angeles Dodgers
2BJoe MorganCincinnati Reds
3BRon CeyLos Angeles Dodgers
SSLarry BowaPhiladelphia Phillies
OFHank AaronAtlanta Braves
OFPete RoseCincinnati Reds
OFJimmy WynnLos Angeles Dodgers


LHKen BrettPittsburgh Pirates
RHBuzz CapraAtlanta Bravesdid not pitch
LHSteve CarltonPhiladelphia Philliesdid not pitch
RHMike MarshallLos Angeles Dodgers
LHJon MatlackNew York Mets
RHLynn McGlothenSt. Louis Cardinals
RHAndy MessersmithLos Angeles Dodgersstarting pitcher
RHSteve RogersMontréal Exposdid not pitch

Reserve position players

CJerry GroteNew York Mets
CTed SimmonsSt. Louis Cardinalsdid not play
1BTony PérezCincinnati Reds
2BDave CashPhiladelphia Phillies
3BMike SchmidtPhiladelphia Phillies
SSDon KessingerChicago Cubs
SSChris SpeierSan Francisco Giants
OFLou BrockSt. Louis Cardinals
OFCésar CedeñoHouston Astros
OFRalph GarrAtlanta Braves
OFJohnny GrubbSan Diego Padres
OFReggie SmithSt. Louis Cardinals

Coaching staff

ManagerYogi BerraNew York Mets
CoachSparky AndersonCincinnati Reds
CoachRed SchoendienstSt. Louis Cardinals

Starting lineups

While the starters were elected by the fans, the batting orders and starting pitchers were selected by the managers.[2][4]

American LeagueNational League
1Rod CarewMinnesota Twins2B1Pete RoseCincinnati RedsLF
2Bert CampanerisOakland AthleticsSS2Joe MorganCincinnati Reds2B
3Reggie JacksonOakland AthleticsRF3Hank AaronAtlanta BravesRF
4Dick AllenChicago White Sox1B4Johnny BenchCincinnati RedsC
5Bobby MurcerNew York YankeesCF5Jimmy WynnLos Angeles DodgersCF
6Jeff BurroughsTexas RangersLF6Steve GarveyLos Angeles Dodgers1B
7Brooks RobinsonBaltimore Orioles3B7Ron CeyLos Angeles Dodgers3B
8Thurman MunsonNew York YankeesC8Larry BowaPhiladelphia PhilliesSS
9Gaylord PerryCleveland IndiansP9Andy MessersmithLos Angeles DodgersP


Home PlateEd Sudol (NL)
First BaseArt Frantz (AL)
Second BaseEd Vargo (NL)
Third BaseMerle Anthony (AL)
Left FieldJohn Kibler (NL)
Right FieldGeorge Maloney (AL)

Scoring summary

The National League took a 1–0 lead in the bottom of the second off of AL starter Gaylord Perry. With two outs, Steve Garvey singled, and then scored on Ron Cey's double.[1][5]

The American League responded immediately, scoring twice off of NL starter Andy Messersmith in the top of the third inning. Thurman Munson led off with a double to open the inning, and advanced to third base on a successful sacrifice bunt by Gaylord Perry. Rod Carew walked. The next batter, Bert Campaneris, struck out as Carew stole second base. Carew immediately advanced to third base on the throwing error by NL catcher Johnny Bench, which also allowed Munson to score. Reggie Jackson walked. Dick Allen singled sending Jackson to second base, and scoring Carew. This ended the scoring for the American League.[5]

The NL retook the lead with a two-run bottom of the fourth inning off of AL relief pitcher, Luis Tiant. Johnny Bench led off with a single, and advanced to third base when Jimmy Wynn singled in the next at-bat. Steve Garvey doubled, scoring Bench, and sending Wynn to third base. Ron Cey grounded out, permitting Garvey to advance to third base and scoring Wynn.[5]

In the bottom of the fifth inning, the NL added an unearned run. Pinch hitter Lou Brock singled. With Joe Morgan batting, Brock stole second base, and advanced to third base on a throwing error by AL catcher Thurman Munson. Morgan hit a sacrifice fly to the outfield, permitting Brock to tag up and score from third base, and extend the NL lead to 4–2.[5]

In the bottom of the seventh inning, with Catfish Hunter in his second inning of relief pitching for the AL, Reggie Smith led off with a home run to push the NL lead to 5–2.[5]

The NL closed out the game's scoring in the bottom of the eighth inning facing the new AL relief pitcher, Rollie Fingers. With one out, Mike Schmidt walked, and then scored on Don Kessinger's triple. With Mike Marshall batting, Kessinger scored when Fingers threw a wild pitch. The final two runs brought the final score to 7–2.[5]

Line score

Tuesday, July 23, 1974 8:15 pm (ET) at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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National League01021012X7101
WP: Ken Brett (1-0)   LP: Luis Tiant (0-1)
Home runs:
AL: None
NL: Reggie Smith (1)

Game notes and records

Ken Brett was credited with the win. Luis Tiant was credited with the loss.[4]

Dick Williams was manager of the American League squad by virtue of having been manager of the 1973 American League Champion Oakland Athletics. Williams left the team after the season, and was signed to manage the California Angels.

Steve Garvey's name was omitted from the ballots given to fans. He was elected to the NL squad by virtue of a successful write-in campaign.[1][2]


  1. Total Baseball, 5th ed., 1997, Viking Press, Thorn, John et al. ed, p. 254
  2. 1974 All-Star Game, baseball-almanac.com; accessed 1 November 2008
  3. All-Star Results – 1974, @mlb.com; accessed 1 November 2008
  4. All-Star Game Box Score – 1974, @mlb.com; accessed 2 November 2008
  5. 1974 All-Star Game Play-by-Play, @baseball-almanac.com; accessed 2 November 2008
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