1969 All-Star Game

The American League entered this All-Star Game determined to close out the 60's with a win and continue that momentum into the next decade. The years of leading, only to lose in extra innings had taken it's toll along with the fact that in the forty innings preceding the game, the Nationals had scored only six runs (and still were unbeatable).

By the end of the third inning, though, the National League already had eight and was coasting, thanks to a murderous assault on Mel Stottlemyre and his successor, Blue Moon Odom.

The American League went quietly to the end for their seventh straight loss. Many fans began echoing the negative sentiments from previous decades when one League dominated the other. At this point, the team might have quoted former American League star Charlie Gehringer from 1934 when he said, "It was starting to get embarrassing."

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"I don't think baseball has a superstar today, regardless of what the salaries say. Henry Aaron, Willie Mays, Joe DiMaggio were superstars." - Willie McCovey

1969 All-Star Game

Game Number
Date / Box Score
R.F.K. Memorial Stadium
Attendance ( Rank )
Starting Pitchers
Dave Bristol
Earl Weaver

1969 All-Star Game

Line Score

League 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National 1 2 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 9 11 0
American 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 2
Steve Carlton (W)
Bob Gibson (4th)
Bill Singer (5th)
Jerry Koosman (7th)
Larry Dierker (8th)
Phil Niekro (9th)
Mel Stottlemyre (L)
Blue Moon Odom (3rd)
Darold Knowles (3rd)
Denny McLain (4th)
Dave McNally (5th)
Sam McDowell (7th)
Ray Culp (9th)
Johnny Bench (2nd)
Willie McCovey (3rd)
Willie McCovey (4th)
Frank Howard (2nd)
Bill Freehan (3rd)

1969 All-Star Game

National League All-Star Squad

3. Hank Aaron Atlanta Braves OF
1. Matty Alou Pittsburgh Pirates OF
Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs 1B
Glenn Beckert Chicago Cubs 2B
7. Johnny Bench Cincinnati Reds C
Chris Cannizzaro San Diego Padres C Did Not Play
9. Steve Carlton St. Louis Cardinals P Starting Pitcher
Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates OF
Larry Dierker Houston Astros P
Bob Gibson St. Louis Cardinals P
Randy Hundley Chicago Cubs C
Grant Jackson Philadelphia Phillies P Did Not Pitch
6. Cleon Jones New York Mets OF
2. Don Kessinger Chicago Cubs SS
Jerry Koosman New York Mets P
Juan Marichal San Francisco Giants P Did Not Pitch
Lee May Cincinnati Reds 1B
Willie Mays San Francisco Giants OF
4. Willie McCovey San Francisco Giants 1B M.V.P.
Denis Menke Houston Astros SS
8. Felix Millan Atlanta Braves 2B
Phil Niekro Atlanta Braves P
Tony Perez Cincinnati Reds 3B
Pete Rose Cincinnati Reds OF
5. Ron Santo Chicago Cubs 3B
Tom Seaver New York Mets P
Bill Singer Los Angeles Dodgers P
Rusty Staub Montreal Expos OF Did Not Play
BOLD = Manager / player / coach choice to start the game.

1969 All-Star Game

American League All-Star Squad

Mike Andrews Boston Red Sox 2B Replaced Johnson
6. Sal Bando Oakland Athletics 3B
Paul Blair Baltimore Orioles OF
1. Rod Carew Minnesota Twins 2B
Ray Culp Boston Red Sox P
8. Bill Freehan Detroit Tigers C
Jim Fregosi California Angels SS
Mike Hegan Seattle Pilots OF-1B Replaced - Injury
5. Frank Howard Washington Senators OF
2. Reggie Jackson Oakland Athletics OF
Davey Johnson Baltimore Orioles 2B Replaced - Injury
Harmon Killebrew Minnesota Twins 1B
Darold Knowles Washington Senators P
Mickey Lolich Detroit Tigers P Did Not Pitch
Carlos May Chicago White Sox OF
Sam McDowell Cleveland Indians P
Denny McLain Detroit Tigers P
Dave McNally Baltimore Orioles P
Don Mincher Seattle Pilots 1B Replaced Hegan
Blue Moon Odom Oakland Athletics P
Tony Oliva Minnesota Twins OF Replaced - Injury
7. Rico Petrocelli Boston Red Sox SS
4. Boog Powell Baltimore Orioles 1B
Brooks Robinson Baltimore Orioles 3B
3. Frank Robinson Baltimore Orioles OF
Ellie Rodriguez Kansas City Royals C Did Not Play
Johnny Roseboro Minnesota Twins C
Reggie Smith Boston Red Sox OF
9. Mel Stottlemyre New York Yankees P Starting Pitcher
Roy White New York Yankees OF Replaced Oliva
Carl Yastrzemski Boston Red Sox OF

BOLD = Manager / player / coach choice to start the game.

Game / Box Links: 1969 Box Score | 1969 Play-by-Play
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Did you know that the 1969 Midsummer Classic was originally scheduled for July 22, 1969, but a torrential rain storm postponed it to the following day?

Willie McCovey won the Most Valuable Player Award due largely to his two home runs which tied an All-Star Game record set earlier by Arky Vaughan ( 1941 All-Star Game ), Ted Williams ( 1946 All-Star Game ) and Al Rosen ( 1954 All-Star Game ).

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