1989 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1989 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 60th 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 11, 1989, at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, California, the home of the California Angels of the American League. The game is noted for being the first in All-Star Game history to include the designated hitter. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 5-3. The game is remembered for Bo Jackson's monstrous lead-off home run to center field. Jackson was named the game's MVP. The game also featured former U.S. President and former baseball announcer Ronald Reagan sharing the NBC broadcast booth with Vin Scully for the first inning.

1989 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
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DateJuly 11, 1989
VenueAnaheim Stadium
CityAnaheim, California
MVPBo Jackson (KC)
Ceremonial first pitchJimmie Reese
TV announcersVin Scully, Tom Seaver and Ronald Reagan (first inning only)
Radio announcersBrent Musburger, Jerry Coleman and Johnny Bench

The pregame ceremonies featured Disney characters joining this year's players in sprinting onto the field for the introduction of the starting lineups. Mike Schmidt of the Philadelphia Phillies, who had retired on May 29, was still elected by the fans as the starting third baseman for the NL All-Star team. Schmidt decided not to play, but he did participate in the game's opening ceremony in uniform. Doc Severinsen later led The Tonight Show Band in the playing of the Canadian and U.S. national anthems. Severinsen and The Tonight Show Band's performance of the U.S. National Anthem was the last non-vocal performance of the Anthem at the All-Star Game to date. The ceremonial first pitch was thrown by longtime Angels coach Jimmie Reese.

This was the second All-Star Game to be played in Anaheim, which last hosted the Midsummer Classic in 1967. It would return to the by-now renovated and renamed Angel Stadium of Anaheim in 2010.


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


Coaching staff

Description NL AL
ManagersTommy LasordaTony La Russa
CoachesJack McKeonJoe Morgan
CoachesBuck RodgersDoug Rader
Honorary CaptainsDon DrysdaleCarl Yastrzemski


Home PlateJim Evans (AL)
First BaseBob Engel (NL)
Second BaseTerry Cooney (AL)
Third BaseJerry Crawford (NL)
Left FieldJohn Hirschbeck(AL)
Right FieldGerry Davis (NL)

Starting lineups

National LeagueAmerican League
1Ozzie SmithCardinalsSS1Bo JacksonRoyalsLF
2Tony GwynnPadresRF2Wade BoggsRed Sox3B
3Will ClarkGiants1B3Kirby PuckettTwinsCF
4Kevin MitchellGiantsLF4Harold BainesWhite SoxDH
5Eric DavisRedsCF5Julio FrancoRangers2B
6Howard JohnsonMets3B6Cal Ripken Jr.OriolesSS
7Pedro GuerreroCardinalsDH7Rubén SierraRangersRF
8Ryne SandbergCubs2B8Mark McGwireAthletics1B
9Benito SantiagoPadresC9Terry SteinbachAthleticsC
Rick ReuschelGiantsPDave StewartAthleticsP

Game summary

Tuesday, July 11, 1989 5:35 pm (PT) at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, California
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American League21200000-5120
WP: Nolan Ryan (1-0)   LP: John Smoltz (0-1)   Sv: Doug Jones (1)
Home runs:
NL: None
AL: Wade Boggs (1), Bo Jackson (1)

The NL got off to a fast start off Dave Stewart in the first on RBI singles by Kevin Mitchell and Howard Johnson. The AL would counter in spectacular fashion in their half when game MVP Bo Jackson golfed the second pitch by Rick Reuschel, a low sinker, out in deep center. Wade Boggs followed with a homer to tie it.

The AL took the lead the very next inning when Jackson beat out a double play grounder, scoring Rubén Sierra. Jackson then stole second, making him the only player (to date) to have a home run and a stolen base in the same All-Star game. The AL expanded their lead to 5-2 in the third on RBI singles by Harold Baines and Sierra. The NL would get no closer than a run in the eighth when Von Hayes singled home Glenn Davis.

Footnotes and references

  1. Player declined or was unable to play.
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