1976 All-Star Game

As America celebrated its 200th anniversary, the league held a fitting tribute to baseball as America's game, appropriately holding the All-Star event at Veterans Stadium. Many felt that it had lost it's magic and that the days of glory, where anyone can be a hero, were fading memories in the past.

The United State's Bicentennial provided a perfect opportunity to showcase the history of a game that had started it's roots during the Civil War and had helped, many times as a deterrent, to heal a nation during times of crisis. Unfortunately, the patriotic festivities and red, white and blue banners were not enough to change the play on the field.

The '76 edition was reminiscent of the '73 and '74 games, won 7-1 and 7-2 by the Nationals. This time, it was 7-1 National League again. Despite another loss, the Americans did have the most colorful and talked-about performer in losing pitcher Mark Fidrych. A rookie from the Tigers, he had charmed his way into fans' hearts with his antics on the mound, which included talking to himself and sometimes to the ball.

This game also marked the 100th anniversary of the National League and the team responded by hitting two home runs and scoring seven runs on ten hits.

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1976 All-Star Game

1976 All-Star Game Program

1976 All-Star Game Official Program

Game Number
Date / Box Score
Veterans Stadium
Attendance ( Rank )
1 st Pitch
President Gerald Ford
Starting Pitchers
John McNamara
Danny Ozark

1976 All-Star Game

Line Score

League 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
American 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0
National 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 x 7 10 0
Mark Fidrych (L)
Catfish Hunter (3rd)
Luis Tiant (5th)
Frank Tanana (7th)
Randy Jones (W)
Tom Seaver (4th)
John Montefusco (6th)
Rick Rhoden (8th)
Ken Forsch (9th)
Fred Lynn (4th)
George Foster (3rd)
Cesar Cedeno (8th)

1976 All-Star Game

American League All-Star Squad

Mark Belanger Baltimore Orioles SS
3. George Brett Kansas City Royals 3B
2. Rod Carew Minnesota Twins 1B
Chris Chambliss New York Yankees 1B
9. Mark Fidrych Detroit Tigers P Starting Pitcher
Rollie Fingers Oakland Athletics P Did Not Pitch
Carlton Fisk Boston Red Sox C
Phil Garner Oakland Athletics 2B
Rich Gossage Chicago White Sox P Did Not Pitch
8. Bobby Grich Baltimore Orioles 2B
6. Toby Harrah Texas Rangers SS
Catfish Hunter New York Yankees P
Dave LaRoche Cleveland Indians P Did Not Pitch
1. Ron LeFlore Detroit Tigers OF
Sparky Lyle New York Yankees P Did Not Pitch
5. Fred Lynn Boston Red Sox OF
Hal McRae Kansas City Royals OF
Don Money Milwaukee Brewers 3B
4. Thurman Munson New York Yankees C
Amos Otis Kansas City Royals OF
Freddie Patek Kansas City Royals SS
Willie Randolph New York Yankees 2B Injured
Mickey Rivers New York Yankees OF
7. Rusty Staub Detroit Tigers OF
Frank Tanana California Angels P
Luis Tiant Boston Red Sox P
Bill Travers Milwaukee Brewers P Did Not Pitch
Butch Wynegar Minnesota Twins C
Carl Yastrzemski Boston Red Sox OF
BOLD = Fan's choice to start the game (Manager chooses pitcher).

1976 All-Star Game

National League All-Star Squad

6. Johnny Bench Cincinnati Reds C
Bob Boone Philadelphia Phillies C
Larry Bowa Philadelphia Phillies SS
Dave Cash Philadelphia Phillies 2B
Cesar Cedeno Houston Astros OF
Ron Cey Los Angeles Dodgers 3B
8. Dave Concepcion Cincinnati Reds SS
Ken Forsch Houston Astros P
4. George Foster Cincinnati Reds OF
Woodie Fryman Montreal Expos P Did Not Pitch
2. Steve Garvey Los Angeles Dodgers 1B
Ken Griffey Cincinnati Reds OF
9. Randy Jones San Diego Padres P Starting Pitcher
7. Dave Kingman New York Mets OF
5. Greg Luzinski Philadelphia Phillies OF
Jon Matlack New York Mets P Did Not Pitch
Bake McBride St. Louis Cardinals OF Did Not Play
Andy Messersmith Atlanta Braves P Injured
John Montefusco San Francisco Giants P
3. Joe Morgan Cincinnati Reds 2B
Al Oliver Pittsburgh Pirates OF
Tony Perez Cincinnati Reds 1B
Rick Rhoden Los Angeles Dodgers P
1. Pete Rose Cincinnati Reds 3B
Bill Russell Los Angeles Dodgers SS
Dick Ruthven Atlanta Braves P Did Not Pitch
Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies 3B
Tom Seaver New York Mets P
Steve Swisher Chicago Cubs C Did Not Play

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

Game / Box Links: 1976 Box Score | 1976 Play-by-Play
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Did you know that Fred Lynn's home run in the fourth inning was the only run scored by the American League?

Fans selected five players from the 'Big Red Machine' and their manager selected two addition Cincinnati Reds players.

This was the first All-Star Game ever played at Veterans stadium and they had the third largest attendance in Midsummer Classic history (to date).

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