1973 All-Star Game

In 1973 the Midsummer Classic celebrated it's 40th Anniversary with a game that was special as it marked the final All-Star appearance of Willie Mays who many consider to be the greatest all-round performer in All-Star history. During his twenty-four appearances, he hit .307, had twenty-three hits, including three home runs, three triples and two doubles. More than just a threat at the plate, he was also responsible for many highlights on the field with spectacular defensive play.

As part of the festivities, surviving members from the first 1933 game attended including Carl Hubbell, Bill Hallahan, Lefty Gomez, Dick Bartel, Lefty Grove, Joe Cronin, Jimmie Dykes and Charlie Gehringer.

In keeping with the historical theme, the American League started out in the lead, but was unable to hold onto it. Trailing 1-0 in the third, the National League scored two runs and went on scoring steadily. Bobby Bonds entered the game during the fourth inning to replace starter Billy Williams then proceeded to smack a two run homer during his first at-bat in the fifth inning off California's Bill Singer. He secured his Most Valuable Player Award in the seventh inning when he ran out a lazy single for a very exciting double.

Many fans felt that the All-Star Game was becoming too predictable once again and many of their favorite regulars had begun to retire. This trend would affect the attendance and enthusiasm that surrounded the festivities, but a new group of up and coming superstars were about to give the game a new breathe of life.

"He (Carl Lewis) makes his living running fast and I make mine running slow." - Bobby Bonds on his home run trot
1973 All-Star Game

1973 All-Star Game Program
1973 All-Star Game Official Program

Game Number

44

Date / Box Score

Location

Royals Stadium

Attendance ( Rank )

40,849

Starting Pitchers

Managers

Coaches

1973 All-Star Game

Line Score

League

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

National

0 0 2 1 2 2 0 0 0 7 10 0

American

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

Rick Wise (W)
Claude Osteen (3rd)
Don Sutton (5th)
Wayne Twitchell (6th)
Dave Giusti (7th)
Tom Seaver (8th)
Jim Brewer (9th)

Catfish Hunter
Ken Holtzman (2nd)
Bert Blyleven (L, 3rd)
Bill Singer (4th)
Nolan Ryan (6th)
Sparky Lyle (8th)
Rollie Fingers (9th)

Johnny Bench (4th)
Bobby Bonds (5th)
Willie Davis (6th)

None
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1973 All-Star Game

National League All-Star Squad

4.

Hank Aaron

Atlanta Braves

1B

6.

Johnny Bench

Cincinnati Reds

C

Jack Billingham

Cincinnati Reds

P

Did Not Pitch

Bobby Bonds

San Francisco Giants

OF

Jim Brewer

Los Angeles Dodgers

P

3.

Cesar Cedeno

Houston Astros

OF

Nate Colbert

San Diego Padres

1B

Dave Concepcion

Cincinnati Reds

SS

Injured

Willie Davis

Los Angeles Dodgers

OF

Darrell Evans

Atlanta Braves

3B

Ron Fairly

Montreal Expos

1B

Dave Giusti

Pittsburgh Pirates

P

Davey Johnson

Atlanta Braves

2B

Willie Mays

New York Mets

OF

2.

Joe Morgan

Cincinnati Reds

2B

Manny Mota

Los Angeles Dodgers

OF

Claude Osteen

Los Angeles Dodgers

P

1.

Pete Rose

Cincinnati Reds

OF

Bill Russell

Los Angeles Dodgers

SS

7.

Ron Santo

Chicago Cubs

3B

Tom Seaver

New York Mets

P

Ted Simmons

St. Louis Cardinals

C

8.

Chris Speier

San Francisco Giants

SS

Willie Stargell

Pittsburgh Pirates

OF

Don Sutton

Los Angeles Dodgers

P

Joe Torre

St. Louis Cardinals

3B

Wayne Twitchell

Philadelphia Phillies

P

Bob Watson

Houston Astros

OF

5.

Billy Williams

Chicago Cubs

OF

9.

Rick Wise

St. Louis Cardinals

P

Starting Pitcher

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

1973 All-Star Game

American League All-Star Squad

Dick Allen

Chicago White Sox

1B

Injured

Sal Bando

Oakland Athletics

3B

Buddy Bell

Cleveland Indians

3B

Paul Blair

Baltimore Orioles

OF

Bert Blyleven

Minnesota Twins

P

Ed Brinkman

Detroit Tigers

SS

1.

Bert Campaneris

Oakland Athletics

SS

2.

Rod Carew

Minnesota Twins

2B

Jim Colborn

Milwaukee Brewers

P

Did Not Pitch

Rollie Fingers

Oakland Athletics

P

7.

Carlton Fisk

Boston Red Sox

C

Bill Freehan

Detroit Tigers

C

Did Not Play

Ken Holtzman

Oakland Athletics

P

Willie Horton

Detroit Tigers

OF

9.

Catfish Hunter

Oakland Athletics

P

Starting Pitcher

4.

Reggie Jackson

Oakland Athletics

OF

Pat Kelly

Chicago White Sox

OF

Bill Lee

Boston Red Sox

P

Did Not Pitch

Sparky Lyle

New York Yankees

P

Dave May

Milwaukee Brewers

OF

3.

John Mayberry

Kansas City Royals

1B

Thurman Munson

New York Yankees

C

6.

Bobby Murcer

New York Yankees

OF

Dave Nelson

Texas Rangers

2B

5.

Amos Otis

Kansas City Royals

OF

8.

Brooks Robinson

Baltimore Orioles

3B

Cookie Rojas

Kansas City Royals

2B

Nolan Ryan

California Angels

P

Bill Singer

California Angels

P

Jim Spencer

Texas Rangers

1B

Carl Yastrzemski

Boston Red Sox

1B

Injured

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



At the completion of the 1973 Midsummer Classic, an All-Star record fifty-four players were used by both clubs.

Did you know that this was the first Midsummer Classic held at Royals Stadium in Kansas City?

Back to the first All-Star Game played in 1933, the National League now leads the American League 25-18 with one tie.

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