1977 All-Star Game

Held on the hallowed grounds in "The House that Ruth built", the '77 All-Star Game may have appeared to be a more even contest in the box score, but unfortunately for the American League, the numbers were deceiving.

Pitcher Jim Palmer took the mound, but his performance would leave much to be desired. He only lasted two innings, gave up five runs on five hits, walked one and was the losing pitcher. Joe Morgan led off with a home run. Dave Parker singled and then scored on a George Foster double. Then Greg Luzinski homered for a 4-0 lead before the fans had even sat down.

The American League was determined to fight their way back and managed to score a few runs, but the National League continued it's winning momentum for the rest of the game. The always outspoken Sparky Anderson put the game's one-sided trend in perspective: "The only reason we're here is to kick the living hell out of those guys."

One of the most interesting stories around this meeting was the pregame spat between Billy Martin and Nolan Ryan. When Frank Tanana was unable to play because of injuries, Martin asked Ryan to fill in. Ryan, irked at not being selected in the first place, refused. Martin fumed and announced he would never select Ryan for any future games.

"The only way to prove that you're a good sport is to lose." - Ernie Banks
1977 All-Star Game

1977 All-Star Game Program
1977 All-Star Game Official Program

Game Number

48

Date / Box Score

Location

Yankee Stadium

Attendance ( Rank )

56,683

1 st Pitch
From
To
Rachel Robinson (Wife of Jackie Robinson )

Starting Pitchers

Managers

Coaches

Danny Ozark

1977 All-Star Game

Line Score

League

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

National

4 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 7 9 1

American

0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 5 8 0

Don Sutton (W)
Gary Lavelle (4th)
Tom Seaver (6th)
Rick Reuschel (8th)
Rich Gossage (9th)
-

Jim Palmer (L)
Jim Kern (3rd)
Dennis Eckersley (4th)
Dave LaRoche (6th)
Bill Campbell (7th)
Sparky Lyle (8th)

Joe Morgan (1st)
Greg Luzinski (1st)
Steve Garvey (3rd)

George Scott (9th)
-
-

1977 All-Star Game

National League All-Star Squad

Joaquin Andujar

Houston Astros

P

Did Not Pitch

7.

Johnny Bench

Cincinnati Reds

C

John Candelaria

Pittsburgh Pirates

P

Steve Carlton

Philadelphia Phillies

P

Did Not Pitch

6.

Ron Cey

Los Angeles Dodgers

3B

8.

Dave Concepcion

Cincinnati Reds

SS

4.

George Foster

Cincinnati Reds

OF

2.

Steve Garvey

Los Angeles Dodgers

1B

Rich Gossage

Pittsburgh Pirates

P

Ken Griffey

Cincinnati Reds

OF

Did Not Play

Gary Lavelle

San Francisco Giants

P

5.

Greg Luzinski

Philadelphia Phillies

OF

Willie Montanez

Atlanta Braves

1B

Jerry Morales

Chicago Cubs

OF

1.

Joe Morgan

Cincinnati Reds

2B

3.

Dave Parker

Pittsburgh Pirates

OF

Rick Reuschel

Chicago Cubs

P

Pete Rose

Cincinnati Reds

3B

Mike Schmidt

Philadelphia Phillies

3B

Tom Seaver

Cincinnati Reds

P

Ted Simmons

St. Louis Cardinals

C

Reggie Smith

Los Angeles Dodgers

OF

John Stearns

New York Mets

C

Bruce Sutter

Chicago Cubs

P

9.

Don Sutton

Los Angeles Dodgers

P

Starting Pitcher

Garry Templeton

St. Louis Cardinals

SS

Manny Trillo

Chicago Cubs

2B

Ellis Valentine

Montreal Expos

OF

Dave Winfield

San Diego Padres

OF

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

1977 All-Star Game

American League All-Star Squad

Vida Blue

Oakland Athletics

P

Did Not Pitch

3.

George Brett

Kansas City Royals

3B

8.

Rick Burleson

Boston Red Sox

SS

Bert Campaneris

Texas Rangers

SS

Bill Campbell

Boston Red Sox

P

1.

Rod Carew

Minnesota Twins

1B

Dennis Eckersley

Cleveland Indians

P

Ron Fairly

Toronto Blue Jays

1B

Mark Fidrych

Detroit Tigers

P

Did Not Pitch

7.

Carlton Fisk

Boston Red Sox

C

Wayne Gross

Oakland Athletics

3B

Did Not Play

Larry Hisle

Minnesota Twins

OF

6.

Reggie Jackson

New York Yankees

OF

Ruppert Jones

Seattle Mariners

OF

Jim Kern

Cleveland Indians

P

Dave LaRoche

California Angels

P

Sparky Lyle

New York Yankees

P

Fred Lynn

Boston Red Sox

OF

Don Money

Milwaukee Brewers

2B

Did Not Play

Thurman Munson

New York Yankees

C

Graig Nettles

New York Yankees

3B

9.

Jim Palmer

Baltimore Orioles

P

Starting Pitcher

2.

Willie Randolph

New York Yankees

2B

Jim Rice

Boston Red Sox

OF

Nolan Ryan

California Angels

P

Did Not Pitch

George Scott

Boston Red Sox

1B

Ken Singleton

Baltimore Orioles

OF

Jim Slaton

Milwaukee Brewers

P

Did Not Pitch

Frank Tanana

California Angels

P

Injured

Jason Thompson

Detroit Tigers

P

Did Not Pitch

Butch Wynegar

Minnesota Twins

C

4.

Carl Yastrzemski

Boston Red Sox

OF

5.

Richie Zisk

Chicago White Sox

OF

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



This was the sixth time in All-Star history where the National League hit at least three home runs during the same game.

The first All-Star Game held at Yankee Stadium was in 1939 and the attendance then was larger than this game in 1977.

This was National League consecutive victory number six which runs from the 1972 Midsummer Classic through the 1983 Midsummer Classic .

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