1976 All-Star Game

As America celebrated its 200th anniversary, the league held a fitting tribute to baseball as America's game, appropriately holding the All-Star event at Veterans Stadium. Many felt that it had lost it's magic and that the days of glory, where anyone can be a hero, were fading memories in the past.

The United State's Bicentennial provided a perfect opportunity to showcase the history of a game that had started it's roots during the Civil War and had helped, many times as a deterrent, to heal a nation during times of crisis. Unfortunately, the patriotic festivities and red, white and blue banners were not enough to change the play on the field.

The '76 edition was reminiscent of the '73 and '74 games, won 7-1 and 7-2 by the Nationals. This time, it was 7-1 National League again. Despite another loss, the Americans did have the most colorful and talked-about performer in losing pitcher Mark Fidrych. A rookie from the Tigers, he had charmed his way into fans' hearts with his antics on the mound, which included talking to himself and sometimes to the ball.

This game also marked the 100th anniversary of the National League and the team responded by hitting two home runs and scoring seven runs on ten hits.

"Nothing makes a pitcher feel more secure than the sight of his teammates circling the bases during a ball game." - Jim Brosnan
1976 All-Star Game

1976 All-Star Game Program
1976 All-Star Game Official Program

Game Number

47

Date / Box Score

Location

Veterans Stadium

Attendance ( Rank )

63,974

1 st Pitch

President Gerald Ford

Starting Pitchers

Managers

Coaches

John McNamara

Danny Ozark

1976 All-Star Game

Line Score

League

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

American

0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0

National

2 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 x 7 10 0

Mark Fidrych (L)
Catfish Hunter (3rd)
Luis Tiant (5th)
Frank Tanana (7th)
-

Randy Jones (W)
Tom Seaver (4th)
John Montefusco (6th)
Rick Rhoden (8th)
Ken Forsch (9th)

Fred Lynn (4th)
-

George Foster (3rd)
Cesar Cedeno (8th)

1976 All-Star Game

American League All-Star Squad

Mark Belanger

Baltimore Orioles

SS

3.

George Brett

Kansas City Royals

3B

2.

Rod Carew

Minnesota Twins

1B

Chris Chambliss

New York Yankees

1B

9.

Mark Fidrych

Detroit Tigers

P

Starting Pitcher

Rollie Fingers

Oakland Athletics

P

Did Not Pitch

Carlton Fisk

Boston Red Sox

C

Phil Garner

Oakland Athletics

2B

Rich Gossage

Chicago White Sox

P

Did Not Pitch

8.

Bobby Grich

Baltimore Orioles

2B

6.

Toby Harrah

Texas Rangers

SS

Catfish Hunter

New York Yankees

P

Dave LaRoche

Cleveland Indians

P

Did Not Pitch

1.

Ron LeFlore

Detroit Tigers

OF

Sparky Lyle

New York Yankees

P

Did Not Pitch

5.

Fred Lynn

Boston Red Sox

OF

Hal McRae

Kansas City Royals

OF

Don Money

Milwaukee Brewers

3B

4.

Thurman Munson

New York Yankees

C

Amos Otis

Kansas City Royals

OF

Freddie Patek

Kansas City Royals

SS

Willie Randolph

New York Yankees

2B

Injured

Mickey Rivers

New York Yankees

OF

7.

Rusty Staub

Detroit Tigers

OF

Frank Tanana

California Angels

P

Luis Tiant

Boston Red Sox

P

Bill Travers

Milwaukee Brewers

P

Did Not Pitch

Butch Wynegar

Minnesota Twins

C

Carl Yastrzemski

Boston Red Sox

OF

BOLD = Fan's choice to start the game (Manager chooses pitcher).

1976 All-Star Game

National League All-Star Squad

6.

Johnny Bench

Cincinnati Reds

C

Bob Boone

Philadelphia Phillies

C

Larry Bowa

Philadelphia Phillies

SS

Dave Cash

Philadelphia Phillies

2B

Cesar Cedeno

Houston Astros

OF

Ron Cey

Los Angeles Dodgers

3B

8.

Dave Concepcion

Cincinnati Reds

SS

Ken Forsch

Houston Astros

P

4.

George Foster

Cincinnati Reds

OF

Woodie Fryman

Montreal Expos

P

Did Not Pitch

2.

Steve Garvey

Los Angeles Dodgers

1B

Ken Griffey

Cincinnati Reds

OF

9.

Randy Jones

San Diego Padres

P

Starting Pitcher

7.

Dave Kingman

New York Mets

OF

5.

Greg Luzinski

Philadelphia Phillies

OF

Jon Matlack

New York Mets

P

Did Not Pitch

Bake McBride

St. Louis Cardinals

OF

Did Not Play

Andy Messersmith

Atlanta Braves

P

Injured

John Montefusco

San Francisco Giants

P

3.

Joe Morgan

Cincinnati Reds

2B

Al Oliver

Pittsburgh Pirates

OF

Tony Perez

Cincinnati Reds

1B

Rick Rhoden

Los Angeles Dodgers

P

1.

Pete Rose

Cincinnati Reds

3B

Bill Russell

Los Angeles Dodgers

SS

Dick Ruthven

Atlanta Braves

P

Did Not Pitch

Mike Schmidt

Philadelphia Phillies

3B

Tom Seaver

New York Mets

P

Steve Swisher

Chicago Cubs

C

Did Not Play

BOLD = Fan's choice to start the game (Manager chooses pitcher).



Did you know that Fred Lynn's home run in the fourth inning was the only run scored by the American League?

Fans selected five players from the 'Big Red Machine' and their manager selected two addition Cincinnati Reds players.

This was the first All-Star Game ever played at Veterans stadium and they had the third largest attendance in Midsummer Classic history (to date).

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