1978 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1978 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 49th 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 11, 1978, at San Diego Stadium in San Diego, home of the San Diego Padres of the National League. The game resulted in a 7–3 victory for the NL.

1978 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
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DateJuly 11, 1978[1][2]
VenueSan Diego Stadium[1][2]
CitySan Diego
MVPSteve Garvey[2] (LA)
Ceremonial first pitchRay Kroc[2]
TV announcersKeith Jackson, Howard Cosell and Don Drysdale
Radio announcersVin Scully, Brent Musburger and Jerry Coleman

This was the first All-Star Game to be played in San Diego. It would return in 1992 to be played in the same stadium, though it was renamed Jack Murphy Stadium by that time.

The honorary captains were Brooks Robinson (for the AL) and Eddie Mathews (for the NL).[2]

American League roster

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

Elected starters

CCarlton FiskBoston Red Sox
1BRod CarewMinnesota Twins
2BDon MoneyMilwaukee Brewers
3BGeorge BrettKansas City Royals
SSFreddie PatekKansas City Royals
OFReggie JacksonNew York Yankeesdid not play
OFJim RiceBoston Red Sox
OFRichie ZiskTexas Rangers


LHMike FlanaganBaltimore Oriolesdid not pitch
RHGoose GossageNew York Yankees
LHRon GuidryNew York Yankees
RHMatt KeoughOakland Athletics
RHJim KernCleveland Indians
RHJim PalmerBaltimore Oriolesstarting pitcher
RHLary SorensenMilwaukee Brewers
LHFrank TananaCalifornia Angelsdid not pitch

Reserve position players

CThurman MunsonNew York Yankeesinjured
CDarrell PorterKansas City Royals
1BEddie MurrayBaltimore Oriolesdid not play
1BJason ThompsonDetroit Tigers
2BJerry RemyBoston Red Soxdid not play
2BFrank WhiteKansas City Royals
3BRoy HowellToronto Blue Jays
3BGraig NettlesNew York Yankees
SSRick BurlesonBoston Red Soxinjured
SSCraig ReynoldsSeattle Mariners
OFDwight EvansBoston Red Sox
OFLarry HisleMilwaukee Brewers
OFChet LemonChicago White Sox
OFFred LynnBoston Red Soxstarted for Jackson
OFCarl YastrzemskiBoston Red Soxinjured

Coaching staff

ManagerBilly MartinNew York Yankees
CoachWhitey HerzogKansas City Royals
CoachDon ZimmerBoston Red Sox
TrainerDick MartinMinnesota Twins

National League roster

The National League roster included 8 future Hall of Fame players, denoted by italics.[2][3]

Elected starters

CJohnny BenchCincinnati Redsinjured
1BSteve GarveyLos Angeles DodgersMVP
2BJoe MorganCincinnati Reds
3BPete RoseCincinnati Reds
SSLarry BowaPhiladelphia Phillies
OFGeorge FosterCincinnati Reds
OFGreg LuzinskiPhiladelphia Phillies
OFRick MondayLos Angeles Dodgers


LHVida BlueSan Francisco Giantsstarting pitcher
RHRollie FingersSan Diego Padres
LHRoss GrimsleyMontréal Exposdid not pitch
LHTommy JohnLos Angeles Dodgersdid not pitch
RHPhil NiekroAtlanta Braves
RHSteve RogersMontréal Expos
RHTom SeaverCincinnati Redsdid not pitch
RHBruce SutterChicago Cubs
RHPat ZachryNew York Metsdid not pitch

Reserve position players

CBob BoonePhiladelphia Phillies
CBiff PocorobaAtlanta Braves
CTed SimmonsSt. Louis Cardinalsstarted for Bench
1BWillie StargellPittsburgh Pirates
2BDavey LopesLos Angeles Dodgers
3BRon CeyLos Angeles Dodgers
SSDave ConcepciónCincinnati Reds
OFJeff BurroughsAtlanta Bravesdid not play
OFJack ClarkSan Francisco Giants
OFTerry PuhlHouston Astrosdid not play
OFReggie SmithLos Angeles Dodgers
OFDave WinfieldSan Diego Padres

Coaching staff

ManagerTommy LasordaLos Angeles Dodgers
CoachDanny OzarkPhiladelphia Phillies
CoachChuck TannerPittsburgh Pirates



Home PlatePaul Pryor (NL)
First BaseNestor Chylak (AL)
Second BaseTerry Tata (NL)
Third BaseBill Deegan (AL)
Left FieldPaul Runge (NL)
Right FieldLarry McCoy (AL)

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 Twins1B1Pete RoseCincinnati Reds3B
2George BrettKansas City Royals3B2Joe MorganCincinnati Reds2B
3Jim RiceBoston Red SoxLF3George FosterCincinnati RedsCF
4Richie ZiskTexas RangersRF4Greg LuzinskiPhiladelphia PhilliesLF
5Carlton FiskBoston Red SoxC5Steve GarveyLos Angeles Dodgers1B
6Fred LynnBoston Red SoxCF6Ted SimmonsSt. Louis CardinalsC
7Don MoneyMilwaukee Brewers2B7Rick MondayLos Angeles DodgersRF
8Freddie PatekKansas City RoyalsSS8Larry BowaPhiladelphia PhilliesSS
9Jim PalmerBaltimore OriolesP9Vida BlueSan Francisco GiantsP

Game summary

Tuesday, July 11, 1978 5:30 pm (PT) at San Diego Stadium in San Diego
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WP: Bruce Sutter (1-0)   LP: Goose Gossage (0-1)

The American League opened the scoring immediately off of NL starter Vida Blue. Rod Carew tripled, and scored when George Brett doubled. Brett advanced to third base on a Jim Rice ground out. Richie Zisk walked. Fisk hit a sacrifice fly to Joe Morgan, permitting Brett to score.[5][6]

The AL added another run in the top of the third inning, again started by a Rod Carew lead off triple. George Brett followed up with a sacrifice fly to George Foster that allowed Carew to score and extend the AL lead to 3–0.[5][6]

The lead was very short lived as the NL tied the game in the bottom of the third inning. Larry Bowa singled. With Reggie Smith pinch hitting for Vida Blue, Bowa stole second base. Smith struck out. Pete Rose grounded out, moving Bowa to third base. Joe Morgan walked. George Foster walked, pushing Morgan to second base; loading the bases. Greg Luzinski walked sending Foster to second base, Morgan to third base, and scoring Bowa. Steve Garvey singled, scoring Morgan and Foster, and sending Luzinski to second base. AL manager Billy Martin replaced starting pitcher Jim Palmer with relief pitcher Matt Keough, though no further scoring occurred.[5][6]

The score remained tied at three until the bottom of the eighth inning, when Goose Gossage came in to pitch for the AL. Steve Garvey led off the inning with a triple, and scored when Gossage threw a wild pitch with Dave Concepción batting. Concepción walked. Dave Winfield singled sending Concepción to third, with Winfield advancing to second on an error by Chet Lemon. Bob Boone singled, scoring Concepción and Winfield. Boone advanced to second when Ron Cey grounded out. Davey Lopes singled, scoring Boone and ending the scoring for a 7–3 NL victory.[5][6]

Game notes and records

Bruce Sutter was credited with the win. Goose Gossage was charged with the loss.[4]

The two triples hit by Rod Carew, and the one hit by Steve Garvey marked the first time that three triples had been hit in a single All-Star Game.[4]


  1. Total Baseball, 5th ed., 1997, Viking Press, Thorn, John et al. ed, p. 255
  2. 1978 All-Star Game summary @baseball almanac.com; accessed 11 November 2008
  3. All-Star Results – 1978, @mlb.com; accessed 11 November 2008
  4. All-Star Game Box Score – 1978, @baseball almanac.com; accessed 13 November 2008
  5. 1978 All-Star Game Play-by-Play, @baseball-almanac.com; accessed 13 November 2008
  6. 1978 All-Star Game Summary, @baseball-reference.com; accessed 13 November 2008
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