1970 All-Star Game

The American League entered the 1970's determined to break the embarrassing seven-game losing streak that had plagued them throughout the previous decade.

American League manager Earl Weaver anticipated strong pitching as their best chance against the National League's power hitters. It appeared to be working as a pitcher's duel dominated the majority of the game. Finally, the streak appeared to be a bad memory as the American League took a 4-1 lead going into the bottom of the ninth.

Then it happened... The National League hooked into Catfish Hunter, who gave up a lead-off home run to Dick Dietz. Singles by the next three batters followed and a Roberto Clemente sacrifice put the game into extra innings. In the bottom of the twelfth, Pete Rose singled, then went to second on another single by Billy Grabarkewitz. Jim Hickman lined a single to center and Amos Otis charged the ball, firing a rocket to the plate for a play on Rose. Fosse tried mightily to block the plate, but Rose was determined to score and it was no contest. He bowled over Fosse, who was dazed by the collision, and scored the winning run.

A new decade had begun, but the same results echoed on. Once again, the National League had come from behind to snatch another victory from the Americans.

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1970 All-Star Game

1970 All Star Game With Pete Rose & Ray Fosse
Game Number
Date / Box Score
Riverfront Stadium
Attendance ( Rank )
1 st Pitch
President Richard Nixon
Starting Pitchers
Earl Weaver

1970 All-Star Game

Line Score

League 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
American 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 4 12 0
National 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 1 5 10 0
Jim Palmer
Sam McDowell (4 th )
Jim Perry (7 th )
Catfish Hunter (9 th )
Fritz Peterson (9 th )
Mel Stottlemyre (9 th )
Clyde Wright (L, 11 th )
Tom Seaver
Jim Merritt (4 th )
Gaylord Perry (6 th )
Bob Gibson (8 th )
Claude Osteen (W, 10 th )
None Dick Dietz (9 th )

1970 All-Star Game

American League All-Star Squad

Sandy Alomar California Angels 2B
1. Luis Aparicio Chicago White Sox SS
Rod Carew Minnesota Twins 2B Injured
Mike Cuellar Baltimore Orioles P Did Not Pitch
Ray Fosse Cleveland Indians C
8. Bill Freehan Detroit Tigers C
Jim Fregosi California Angels SS
Tommy Harper Milwaukee Brewers 3B
Willie Horton Detroit Tigers OF
6. Frank Howard WashingtonSenators OF
Catfish Hunter Oakland Athletics P
Alex Johnson California Angels OF
7. Davey Johnson Baltimore Orioles 2B
5. HarmonKillebrew Minnesota Twins 3B
Sam McDowell Cleveland Indians P
Dave McNally Baltimore Orioles P
Jerry Moses Boston Red Sox C Did Not Play
Tony Oliva Minnesota Twins OF
Amos Otis Kansas City Royals OF
9. Jim Palmer Baltimore Orioles P StartingPitcher
Jim Perry Minnesota Twins P
Fritz Peterson New York Yankees P
4. Boog Powell Baltimore Orioles 1B
Brooks Robinson Baltimore Orioles 3B
3. Frank Robinson Baltimore Orioles OF
Mel Stottlemyre New York Yankees P
Roy White New York Yankees OF Did Not Play
Clyde Wright California Angels P
2. Carl Yastrzemski Boston Red Sox OF
BOLD = Fan's choice to start the game (Manager chooses pitcher).

1970 All-Star Game

National League All-Star Squad

3. Hank Aaron Atlanta Braves OF
2. Dick Allen St. Louis Cardinals 1B
8. Glenn Beckert Chicago Cubs 2B
6. Johnny Bench Cincinnati Reds C
5. Rico Carty Atlanta Braves OF
RobertoClemente Pittsburgh Pirates OF
Dick Dietz San Francisco Giants C
Cito Gaston San Diego Padres OF
Bob Gibson St. Louis Cardinals P
BillyGrabarkewitz LosAngelesDodgers 3B
Bud Harrelson New York Mets SS
Jim Hickman Chicago Cubs 1B
Joe Hoerner Philadelphia Phillies P Did Not Pitch
7. Don Kessinger Chicago Cubs SS
1. Willie Mays SanFranciscoGiants OF
Willie McCovey San Francisco Giants 1B
Denis Menke Houston Astros 2B
Jim Merritt Cincinnati Reds P
Felix Millan Atlanta Braves 2B Injured
Joe Morgan Houston Astros 2B
Claude Osteen Los Angels Dodgers P
4. Tony Perez Cincinnati Reds 3B
Gaylord Perry San Francisco Giants P
Pete Rose Cincinnati Reds OF
9. Tom Seaver New York Mets P StartingPitcher
Wayne Simpson Cincinnati Reds P Did Not Pitch
Rusty Staub Montreal Expos OF
Joe Torre St. Louis Cardinals C
Hoyt Wilhelm Atlanta Braves P Did Not Pitch

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

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