1987 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1987 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 58th 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 14, 1987, at the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California, the home of the Oakland Athletics of the American League. The game resulted in the National League defeating the American League 2-0 in 13 innings. Montreal Expos outfielder Tim Raines was named the Most Valuable Player.

1987 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
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DateJuly 14, 1987
VenueOakland–Alameda County Coliseum
CityOakland, California
MVPTim Raines (MON)
Ceremonial first pitchLarry Doby
TV announcersVin Scully and Joe Garagiola
Radio announcersBrent Musburger, Jerry Coleman and Johnny Bench


Players in italics have since been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.


Coaching staff

Description NL AL
ManagersDavey JohnsonJohn McNamara
CoachesRoger CraigJim Fregosi
CoachesHal LanierTony La Russa
Honorary CaptainsBilly WilliamsCatfish Hunter


Home PlateDon Denkinger (AL)
First BaseDick Stello (NL)
Second BaseVic Voltaggio (AL)
Third BaseJoe West (NL)
Left FieldDerryl Cousins (AL)
Right FieldBob Davidson (NL)

Starting lineups

National LeagueAmerican League
1Eric DavisRedsOF1Rickey HendersonYankeesOF
2Ryne SandbergCubs2B2Don MattinglyYankees1B
3Andre DawsonCubsOF3Wade BoggsRed Sox3B
4Mike SchmidtPhillies3B4George BellBlue JaysOF
5Jack ClarkCardinals1B5Dave WinfieldYankeesOF
6Darryl StrawberryMetsOF6Cal Ripken Jr.OriolesSS
7Gary CarterMetsC7Terry KennedyOriolesC
8Ozzie SmithCardinalsSS8Willie RandolphYankees2B
9Mike ScottAstrosP9Bret SaberhagenRoyalsP

Game summary

Tuesday, July 14, 1987 5:35 pm (PT) at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California
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WP: Lee Smith (1-0)   LP: Jay Howell (0-1)   Sv: Sid Fernandez (1)
Home runs:
NL: none
AL: none
Attendance: 49,671, Time of Game: 3:39

While the previous three All-Star games had had good pitching, the 1987 Midsummer Classic had great pitching. Never before was an All-Star game scoreless after five innings; however, the 1987 game did not see a run until the 13th inning.

After 12 scoreless innings, National League catcher Ozzie Virgil Jr. began the 13th with a single off American League pitcher Jay Howell. Howell would get pitcher Lee Smith to strike out trying to bunt, however, shortstop Hubie Brooks followed with a single, moving Virgil up to second base. Outfielder Willie McGee lined out for the second out of the inning, bringing up outfielder Tim Raines. Raines delivered in the clutch, with a two-run triple, giving the National League a 2-0 lead. Second baseman Juan Samuel lined out, ending the inning. In the bottom of the 13th, Sid Fernandez walked leadoff man Kevin Seitzer, but retired the next three batters in order to give the National League the victory. Due to the length of the game, Lee Smith, a Cubs pitcher at the time, needed to bat. He did not bring his Cubs helmet so he used a Montreal Expos helmet likely from either Tim Wallach or Hubie Brooks.


  1. Player declined or was unable to play.
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