1976 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1976 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 47th 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 13, 1976, at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, home of the Philadelphia Phillies of the National League. The game resulted in a 7–1 victory for the NL.

1976 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
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DateJuly 13, 1976[1][2]
VenueVeterans Stadium[1][2]
CityPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
MVPGeorge Foster (CIN[2])
Ceremonial first pitchPresident Gerald Ford[2]
TV announcersBob Prince, Warner Wolf and Bob Uecker
Radio announcersJack Buck, Brent Musburger and Andy Musser

This was the third time that the All-Star Game had been played in Philadelphia, though the first to be played in Veteran's Stadium. Both the 1943 and 1952 games were played in Philadelphia's Shibe Park with the then Philadelphia Athletics hosting in 1943 and the Phillies hosting in 1952. The All-Star Game would return to Veterans Stadium in 1996.

The honorary captains were Robin Roberts (for the NL) and Bob Lemon (for the AL).[2]

Starting with this All-Star Game, both "O Canada" and "The Star-Spangled Banner" would be sung as part of the annual pregame ceremonies.

American League roster

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

Elected starters

CThurman MunsonNew York Yankees
1BRod CarewMinnesota Twins
2BBobby GrichBaltimore Orioles
3BGeorge BrettKansas City Royals
SSToby HarrahTexas Rangers
OFRon LeFloreDetroit Tigers
OFFred LynnBoston Red Sox
OFRusty StaubDetroit Tigers


RHMark FidrychDetroit Tigersstarting pitcher
RHRollie FingersOakland Athleticsdid not pitch
RHGoose GossageChicago White Soxdid not pitch
RHCatfish HunterNew York Yankees
LHDave LaRocheCleveland Indiansdid not pitch
LHSparky LyleNew York Yankeesdid not pitch
LHFrank TananaCalifornia Angels
RHLuis TiantBoston Red Sox
LHBill TraversMilwaukee Brewersdid not pitch

Reserve position players

CCarlton FiskBoston Red Sox
CButch WynegarMinnesota Twins
1BChris ChamblissNew York Yankees
2BPhil GarnerOakland Athletics
2BWillie RandolphNew York Yankeesinjured
3BDon MoneyMilwaukee Brewers
SSMark BelangerBaltimore Orioles
SSFreddie PatekKansas City Royals
OFHal McRaeKansas City Royals
OFAmos OtisKansas City Royals
OFMickey RiversNew York Yankees
OFCarl YastrzemskiBoston Red Sox

Coaching staff

ManagerDarrell JohnsonBoston Red Sox
CoachGene MauchMinnesota Twins
CoachFrank RobinsonCleveland Indians

National League roster

The National League roster included 5 future Hall of Fame players, denoted in italics.[3][4]

Elected starters

CJohnny BenchCincinnati Reds
1BSteve GarveyLos Angeles Dodgers
2BJoe MorganCincinnati Reds
3BPete RoseCincinnati Reds
SSDave ConcepciónCincinnati Reds
OFGeorge FosterCincinnati Reds
OFDave KingmanNew York Mets
OFGreg LuzinskiPhiladelphia Phillies


RHKen ForschHouston Astros
LHWoodie FrymanMontréal Exposdid not pitch
LHRandy JonesSan Diego Padresstarting pitcher
LHJon MatlackNew York Metsdid not pitch
RHAndy MessersmithAtlanta Bravesinjured
RHJohn MontefuscoSan Francisco Giants
RHRick RhodenLos Angeles Dodgers
RHDick RuthvenAtlanta Bravesdid not pitch
RHTom SeaverNew York Mets

Reserve position players

CBob BoonePhiladelphia Phillies
CSteve SwisherChicago Cubsdid not play
1BTony PérezCincinnati Reds
2BDave CashPhiladelphia Phillies
3BRon CeyLos Angeles Dodgers
3BMike SchmidtPhiladelphia Phillies
SSLarry BowaPhiladelphia Phillies
SSBill RussellLos Angeles Dodgers
OFCésar CedeñoHouston Astros
OFKen GriffeyCincinnati Reds
OFBake McBrideSt. Louis Cardinalsdid not play
OFAl OliverPittsburgh Pirates

Coaching staff

ManagerSparky AndersonCincinnati Reds
CoachJohn McNamaraSan Diego Padres
CoachDanny OzarkPhiladelphia Phillies

Starting lineups

While the starters were elected by the fans, the batting orders and starting pitchers were selected by the managers.[2][5]

American LeagueNational League
1Ron LeFloreDetroit TigersLF1Pete RoseCincinnati Reds3B
2Rod CarewMinnesota Twins1B2Steve GarveyLos Angeles Dodgers1B
3George BrettKansas City Royals3B3Joe MorganCincinnati Reds2B
4Thurman MunsonNew York YankeesC4George FosterCincinnati RedsCF
5Fred LynnBoston Red SoxCF5Greg LuzinskiPhiladelphia PhilliesLF
6Toby HarrahTexas RangersSS6Johnny BenchCincinnati RedsC
7Rusty StaubDetroit TigersRF7Dave KingmanNew York MetsRF
8Bobby GrichBaltimore Orioles2B8Dave ConcepciónCincinnati RedsSS
9Mark FidrychDetroit TigersP9Randy JonesSan Diego PadresP


Home PlateHarry Wendelstedt (NL)
First BaseJerry Neudecker (AL)
Second BaseAndy Olsen (NL)
Third BaseDon Denkinger (AL)
Left FieldSatch Davidson (NL)
Right FieldJim Evans (AL)

Scoring summary

Following the pattern of many of the previous All-Star Games, the NL scored first and early, putting up two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Pete Rose led off with a single, and scored when the next batter, Steve Garvey, tripled. After Joe Morgan flew out, George Foster grounded out, allowing Garvey to score from third base.[6][7]

The National League added two more runs in the bottom of the third inning, with Catfish Hunter pitching in relief. With one out, Joe Morgan singled. George Foster then hit a home run, scoring Morgan to bring the NL lead to 4–0.[6][7]

The lone AL run came in the top of the third inning, with Tom Seaver pitching for the NL in relief of Randy Jones. With two outs, Fred Lynn hit a home run to reduce the NL lead to 4–1.[6][7]

The game's scoring was closed out in the bottom of the eighth, as the NL scored three runs off of AL relief pitcher Frank Tanana. Dave Cash led off with a single, and went to second base when Tony Pérez walked. Bill Russell grounded into a 5–4–3 double play, with Pérez out at second base, Russell out at first base, but Cash advancing to third base. Ken Griffey singled, scoring Cash. César Cedeño then hit a home run, scoring Griffey, and giving the NL a 7–1 lead that would hold up as the final score.[6][7]

Line score

Tuesday, July 13, 1976 8:15 pm (ET) at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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WP: Randy Jones (1-0)   LP: Mark Fidrych (0-1)
Home runs:
AL: Fred Lynn (1)
NL: George Foster (1), César Cedeño (1)

Game notes and records

U.S. President Gerald Ford (seen with AL manager Darrell Johnson and NL manager Sparky Anderson) attended the game and threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Randy Jones was credited with the win. Mark Fidrych was credited with the loss.[5]

Mark Fidrych was only the second rookie to ever start as a pitcher in an All-Star Game (Dave Stenhouse had started the second All-Star Game of 1962).[8]

The five Cincinnati Reds selected by the fans to start the game, and the two reserves selected by manager Sparky Anderson combined for seven hits, four runs scored, and four runs batted in.[1]

As part of the United States Bicentennial observances, the city of Philadelphia – site of the Continental Congress and the signing of the Declaration of Independence – was selected to host the 1976 NBA All-Star Game, the 1976 National Hockey League All-Star Game, and the 1976 NCAA Final Four in addition to the 1976 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.[9]


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  3. All-Star Results – 1976, @mlb.com; accessed 8 November 2008
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  5. All-Star Game Box Score – 1976, @baseball almanac.com; accessed 8 November 2008
  6. 1976 All-Star Game Play-by-Play, @baseball-almanac.com; accessed 9 November 2008
  7. 1976 All-Star Game Summary, @baseball-reference.com; accessed 9 November 2008
  8. All-Star Rookie Starters, @ mlb.com; accessed 11 November 2008
  9. Lyon, Bill (March 27, 2009). "Sports helped Philly celebrate Bicentennial". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Archived from the original on March 30, 2009. Retrieved March 30, 2009.
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