1988 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1988 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 59th playing of the "Midsummer Classic" between Major League Baseball's American League (AL) and National League All-Star teams. The All-Star Game was held on July 12, 1988, at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, the home of the NL's Cincinnati Reds.

1988 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
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DateJuly 12, 1988
VenueRiverfront Stadium
CityCincinnati, Ohio
MVPTerry Steinbach (OAK)
Ceremonial first pitchVice President George H. W. Bush
TV announcersAl Michaels, Jim Palmer and Tim McCarver
Radio announcersBrent Musburger, Jerry Coleman and Johnny Bench

The game resulted in the AL defeating the NL 2-1. Terry Steinbach, a catcher for the AL's Oakland Athletics, won the All-Star game's most valuable player award. Steinbach was credited with both of the AL's two runs in the game. Frank Viola of the Minnesota Twins was the winning pitcher.

All-Star rosters

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

All-Star Game

Coaching staff

Description AL NL
ManagersTom KellyWhitey Herzog
CoachesTom TrebelhornRoger Craig
CoachesBobby ValentineBuck Rodgers
Honorary CaptainsBobby DoerrWillie Stargell


Home PlateFrank Pulli (NL)
First BaseLarry Barnett (AL)
Second BaseTerry Tata (NL)
Third BaseDale Ford (AL)
Left fieldRandy Marsh (NL)
Right fieldDan Morrison (AL)

Starting lineups

American LeagueNational League
1Rickey HendersonYankeesCF1Vince ColemanCardinalsLF
2Paul MolitorBrewers2B2Ryne SandbergCubs2B
3Wade BoggsRed Sox3B3Andre DawsonCubsCF
4José CansecoAthleticsLF4Darryl StrawberryMetsRF
5Dave WinfieldYankeesRF5Bobby BonillaPirates3B
6Cal Ripken Jr.OriolesSS6Will ClarkGiants1B
7Mark McGwireAthletics1B7Gary CarterMetsC
8Terry SteinbachAthleticsC8Ozzie SmithCardinalsSS
9Frank ViolaTwinsP9Dwight GoodenMetsP

Game summary

Tuesday, July 12, 1988 8:35 pm (ET) at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio
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WP: Frank Viola (1-0)   LP: Dwight Gooden (0-1)   Sv: Dennis Eckersley (1)
Home runs:
AL: Terry Steinbach (1)
NL: None

Footnotes and references

  1. Player declined or was unable to play.
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