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.

"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

43

Date / Box Score

Location

Altanta-Fulton County Stadium

Attendance ( Rank )

53,107

Starting Pitchers

Managers

Earl Weaver

Coaches

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).



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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