1975 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1975 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 46th 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 July 15, 1975, at Milwaukee County Stadium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, home of the Milwaukee Brewers of the American League. The game resulted in a 6–3 victory for the NL.

1975 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
National League0210000036131[1][2]
American League0000030003101[1][2]
DateJuly 15, 1975[1][2]
VenueMilwaukee County Stadium[1][2]
CityMilwaukee, Wisconsin[1][2]
MVPBill Madlock and Jon Matlack (CHC, NYM[2])
Ceremonial first pitchSecretary of State Henry Kissinger[2]
TV announcersCurt Gowdy, Joe Garagiola and Tony Kubek
Radio announcersJim Simpson and Maury Wills

While this was the first time that the Brewers were acting as hosts of the All-Star Game, this was not the first time the game had been played at Milwaukee County Stadium. The 1955 game had been played there when the Braves had called Milwaukee home. Thus, Milwaukee County Stadium joined Sportsman's Park in St. Louis and Shibe Park in Philadelphia as the only stadiums to host All-Star Games with two different franchises as host.

This would also be the last time Milwaukee County Stadium would host the game. When the game returned to Milwaukee in 2002, the Brewers had moved into their new home at Miller Park.

The 1975 All-Star Game saw the start of the tradition of naming honorary captains to the All-Star teams. The first honorary captains were Mickey Mantle (for the AL) and Stan Musial (for the NL).[2]

It would also mark the final All-Star Game in which only "The Star-Spangled Banner", sung this year by Glen Campbell, was performed prior to the game. Beginning the following year, "O Canada" would also be performed as part of the All-Star pregame ceremonies.

National League roster

The National League roster included 8 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
SSDave ConcepciónCincinnati Reds
OFLou BrockSt. Louis Cardinals
OFPete RoseCincinnati Reds
OFJimmy WynnLos Angeles Dodgers


LHRandy JonesSan Diego Padres
RHMike MarshallLos Angeles Dodgersdid not pitch
LHJon MatlackNew York Mets
LHTug McGrawPhiladelphia Philliesdid not pitch
RHAndy MessersmithLos Angeles Dodgersdid not pitch
RHPhil NiekroAtlanta Bravesdid not pitch
LHJerry ReussPittsburgh Piratesstarting pitcher
RHTom SeaverNew York Mets
RHDon SuttonLos Angeles Dodgers

Reserve position players

CGary CarterMontréal Expos
CManny SanguillénPittsburgh Piratesdid not play
1BTony PérezCincinnati Reds
1BBob WatsonHouston Astros
2BDave CashPhiladelphia Phillies
3BBill MadlockChicago Cubs
SSLarry BowaPhiladelphia Phillies
OFGreg LuzinskiPhiladelphia Phillies
OFBobby MurcerSan Francisco Giants
OFAl OliverPittsburgh Pirates
OFReggie SmithSt. Louis Cardinals

Coaching staff

ManagerWalter AlstonLos Angeles Dodgers
CoachDanny MurtaughPittsburgh Pirates
CoachRed SchoendienstSt. Louis Cardinals

American League roster

The American League roster included 9 future Hall of Fame players, denoted in italics.[2][3]

Elected starters

CThurman MunsonNew York Yankees
1BGene TenaceOakland Athletics
2BRod CarewMinnesota Twins
3BGraig NettlesNew York Yankees
SSBert CampanerisOakland Athletics
OFReggie JacksonOakland Athletics
OFBobby BondsNew York Yankees
OFJoe RudiOakland Athletics


LHVida BlueOakland Athleticsstarting pitcher
RHSteve BusbyKansas City Royals
RHRollie FingersOakland Athleticsdid not pitch
RHGoose GossageChicago White Sox
RHCatfish HunterNew York Yankees
LHJim KaatChicago White Sox
RHJim PalmerBaltimore Oriolesdid not pitch
RHNolan RyanCalifornia Angelsjdid not pitch

Reserve position players

CBill FreehanDetroit Tigersdid not play
1BGeorge ScottMilwaukee Brewers
1BCarl YastrzemskiBoston Red Sox
2BJorge OrtaChicago White Soxinjured
3BDave ChalkCalifornia Angelsdid not play
SSBucky DentChicago White Sox
SSToby HarrahTexas Rangersdid not play
OFHank AaronMilwaukee Brewers
OFMike HargroveTexas Rangers
OFGeorge HendrickCleveland Indians
OFFred LynnBoston Red Sox
OFHal McRaeKansas City Royals
OFClaudell WashingtonOakland Athletics

Coaching staff

ManagerAlvin DarkOakland Athletics
CoachDel CrandallMilwaukee Brewers
CoachBilly MartinTexas Rangers

Starting lineups

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

National LeagueAmerican League
1Pete RoseCincinnati RedsRF1Bobby BondsNew York YankeesCF
2Lou BrockSt. Louis CardinalsLF2Rod CarewMinnesota Twins2B
3Joe MorganCincinnati Reds2B3Thurman MunsonNew York YankeesC
4Johnny BenchCincinnati RedsC4Reggie JacksonOakland AthleticsRF
5Steve GarveyLos Angeles Dodgers1B5Joe RudiOakland AthleticsLF
6Jimmy WynnLos Angeles DodgersCF6Graig NettlesNew York Yankees3B
7Ron CeyLos Angeles Dodgers3B7Gene TenaceOakland Athletics1B
8Dave ConcepciónCincinnati RedsSS8Bert CampanerisOakland AthleticsSS
9Jerry ReussPittsburgh PiratesP9Vida BlueOakland AthleticsP


Home PlateBill Haller (AL)
First BaseChris Pelekoudas (NL)
Second BaseMarty Springstead (AL)
Third BaseBruce Froemming (NL)
Left FieldRuss Goetz (AL)
Right FieldJohn McSherry (NL)

Scoring summary

The National League took a 2–0 lead in the top of the second off of AL starter Vida Blue when Steve Garvey and Jimmy Wynn led off the inning by hitting back-to-back home runs.[5]

The NL added another run in the top of the third, this time off of new AL relief pitcher Steve Busby. Lou Brock opened the inning with a single. With Joe Morgan batting, Busby balked, sending Brock to second base. After Morgan flew out, Johnny Bench came to bat, during which, Brock stole third base. Bench singled, scoring Brock from third base to give the NL a 3–0 lead.[5]

The AL did not respond until the bottom of the sixth inning. Tom Seaver had just entered the game as the NL's relief pitcher. Joe Rudi led off with a single, and was immediately replaced for pinch runner George Hendrick. With Graig Nettles batting, Hendrick stole second base. After Nettles struck out, Gene Tenace walked. Carl Yastrzemski pinch hit for Jim Kaat, and hit a home run, scoring Hendrick and Tenace to tie the score.[5]

AL pitcher Catfish Hunter was entering his third inning of relief work when the NL closed out the scoring in the top of the ninth. Reggie Smith singled. Al Oliver, pinch hitting for Jon Matlack, doubled, sending Smith to third base. Catfish Hunter was replaced by relief pitcher Goose Gossage. The next batter, Larry Bowa, was hit by a pitch, and went to first base, loading the bases. Bill Madlock singled, scoring Smith and Oliver, sending Bowa to third base, and advancing himself to second base on a Gene Tenace throwing error. Pete Rose hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Bowa, sending Madlock to third base, and securing a 6–3 win for the National League.[5]

Line score

Tuesday, July 15, 1975 7:30 pm (CT) at Milwaukee County Stadium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
National League0210000036131
American League0000030003101
WP: Jon Matlack (1-0)   LP: Catfish Hunter (0-1)
Home runs:
NL: Steve Garvey (1), Jimmy Wynn (1)
AL: Carl Yastrzemski (1)

Game notes and records

Jon Matlack was credited with the win. Catfish Hunter was charged with the loss.[4]

This was Hank Aaron's 25th and final All-Star Game. It was his first and only appearance for the American League squad, and came in the former home of the Milwaukee Braves, the first Major League team for which he had played.[6]


  1. Total Baseball, 5th ed., 1997, Viking Press, Thorn, John et al. ed, p. 254
  2. 1975 All-Star Game Summary @baseball reference.co; accessed 3 November 2008
  3. All-Star Results – 1975, @mlb.com; accessed 3 November 2008
  4. 1975 All-Star Game box score @baseball almanac.com; accessed 4 November 2008
  5. 1975 All-Star Game Play-by-Play, @baseball-almanac.com; accessed 5 November 2008
  6. Total Baseball, 5th ed., 1997, Viking Press, Thorn, John et al. ed, p. 581


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