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.

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1977 All-Star Game

1977 All-Star Game Program

1977 All-Star Game Official Program

Game Number
Date / Box Score
Yankee Stadium
Attendance ( Rank )
1 st Pitch
Rachel Robinson (Wife of Jackie Robinson )
Starting Pitchers
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

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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).

Game / Box Links: 1977 Box Score | 1977 Play-by-Play
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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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