1972 All-Star Game

Still confident from their win the year before, the American League entered this game determined to start a new kind of streak... a winning one. The American League's inspiration paid off as they took an early lead, but it didn't take long for the Nationals to resume their torment of the Americans in their own familiar way.

The National League took a 2-1 lead in the sixth when Hank Aaron hit what he called "the most dramatic home run of his career" (to that date), which was a two-run shot off Gaylord Perry.

The American League came up with two runs in the eighth and tried to make that stand up. Not surprisingly, it didn't. In the bottom of the ninth, singles by Billy Williams and Manny Sanguillen put runners on first and third with none out. In classic fashion, Williams tied it on a forceout. Wilbur Wood then retired the side.

Once again, the All-Star Game went into extra-innings caused by a "come from behind series" late in the game. The National League opened the tenth inning with a walk, followed by a sacrifice fly, then a Joe Morgan single to take their ninth win in the ten previous games.

The victory gave the National League a 7-0 record in extra-inning games and raised its series lead to 24-18-1. Once again, the American League was devastated by the National League's uncanny ability to come from behind, and more importantly, finish the game.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"I'm proud of my stats, but I don't think I ever got on for Joe Morgan. If I stole a base, it was to help us win a game, and I like to think that's what made me special." - Joe Morgan

1972 All-Star Game

1972 All-Star Game Program

1972 All-Star Game Official Program

Game Number
Date / Box Score
Altanta-Fulton County Stadium
Attendance ( Rank )
Starting Pitchers
Earl Weaver

1972 All-Star Game

Line Score

League 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
American 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 6 0
National 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 4 8 0
Jim Palmer
Mickey Lolich (4th)
Gaylord Perry (6th)
Wilbur Wood (8th)
Dave McNally (L, 10th)
Bob Gibson
Steve Blass (3rd)
Don Sutton (4th)
Steve Carlton (6th)
Bill Stoneman (7th)
Tug McGraw (W, 9th)
Cookie Rojas (8th) Hank Aaron (6th)

1972 All-Star Game

American League All-Star Squad

4. Dick Allen Chicago White Sox 1B
Luis Aparicio Boston Red Sox SS Injured
Sal Bando Oakland Athletics 3B
Bert Campaneris Oakland Athletics SS Did Not Play
1. Rod Carew Minnesota Twins 2B
Norm Cash Detroit Tigers 1B
Joe Coleman Detroit Tigers P Injured
Pat Dobson Baltimore Orioles P Did Not Pitch
Carlton Fisk Boston Red Sox C
8. Bill Freehan Detroit Tigers C
6. Bobby Grich Baltimore Orioles SS
Toby Harrah Texas Rangers SS Injured
Ken Holtzman Oakland Athletics P Did Not Pitch
Catfish Hunter Oakland Athletics P Did Not Pitch
3. Reggie Jackson Oakland Athletics OF
Mickey Lolich Detroit Tigers P
Carlos May Chicago White Sox OF
Dave McNally Baltimore Orioles P
2. Bobby Murcer New York Yankees OF
Amos Otis Kansas City Royals OF Injured
9. Jim Palmer Baltimore Orioles P Starting Pitcher
Freddie Patek Kansas City Royals SS Injured
Gaylord Perry Cleveland Indians P
Lou Piniella Kansas City Royals OF
7. Brooks Robinson Baltimore Orioles 3B
Ellie Rodriguez Milwaukee Brewers C Did Not Play
Cookie Rojas Kansas City Royals 2B
Joe Rudi Oakland Athletics OF
Nolan Ryan California Angels P Did Not Pitch
Richie Scheinblum Kansas City Royals OF
Reggie Smith Boston Red Sox OF
Wilbur Wood Chicago White Sox P
5. Carl Yastrzemski Boston Red Sox OF
BOLD = Fan's choice to start the game (Manager chooses pitcher).

1972 All-Star Game

National League All-Star Squad

3. Hank Aaron Atlanta Braves OF
Glenn Beckert Chicago Cubs 2B
5. Johnny Bench Cincinnati Reds C
Steve Blass Pittsburgh Pirates P
Lou Brock St. Louis Cardinals OF Did Not Play
Steve Carlton Philadelphia Phillies P
Clay Carroll Cincinnati Reds P Did Not Pitch
Cesar Cedeno Houston Astros OF
Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates OF Did Not Play
Nate Colbert San Diego Padres 1B
9. Bob Gibson St. Louis Cardinals P Starting Pitcher
Fergie Jenkins Chicago Cubs P Did Not Pitch
8. Don Kessinger Chicago Cubs SS
6. Lee May Houston Astros 1B
2. Willie Mays New York Mets OF
Tug McGraw New York Mets P
1. Joe Morgan Cincinnati Reds 2B
Gary Nolan Cincinnati Reds P Injured
Al Oliver Pittsburgh Pirates OF
Manny Sanguillen Pittsburgh Pirates C
Ron Santo Chicago Cubs 3B
Tom Seaver New York Mets P Did Not Pitch
Ted Simmons St. Louis Cardinals C Did Not Play
Chris Speier San Francisco Giants SS
4. Willie Stargell Pittsburgh Pirates OF
Bill Stoneman Montreal Expos P
Don Sutton Los Angels Dodgers P
7. Joe Torre St. Louis Cardinals 3B
Billy Williams Chicago Cubs OF

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

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baseball almanac fast facts

Since the first game their have been seven extra inning All-Star Games and the National League has won seven of those matchups.

Did you know that this was the first Midsummer Classic held at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Georgia?

Back to the first All-Star Game played in 1933, the National League now leads the American League 24-18 with one tie.

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