1979 All-Star Game

Once again, the All-Star Game headed indoors at the Kingdome for a close game that belonged to anybody as six times in nine innings the lead was tied or lossed.

The American League was leading 6-5 going into the eighth when the National League tied it on a Lee Mazzilli home run. Brian Downing led off the bottom of the inning with a single against Bruce Sutter. A sacrifice moved Downing along and Reggie Jackson was walked intentionally. One out later, Graig Nettles singled to right and, with Downing trying to score, Dave Parker rifled the ball to catcher Gary Carter. Carter forced Downing to the inside of the plate and applied the inning-ending tag as Downing made a head-first dive.

Pete Rose played the last four innings at first base and set a record as the only player ever to play five different positions in the All-Star competition. During his appearances he had played first base, second base, third base, right field and left field.

As the 1970's came to a close, the National League had once again dominated the decade, leaving the American League embarrassed and looking forward to gaining some respect in the 80's.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"He is the perfect pitcher for this park. The ball flies out of here if you hit it, but the lights are bad in here so the ball looks fuzzy. It's hard to make contact. Nolan (Ryan) pitching in the Kingdome should be almost invisible." - Fred Lynn

1979 All-Star Game

1979 All-Star Game Program

1979 All-Star Game Official Program

Game Number
Date / Box Score
Attendance ( Rank )
National Anthem
Andrea McArdle (Broadway Singer)
Starting Pitchers
Danny Ozark

1979 All-Star Game

Line Score / Box Score

League 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 7 10 0
American 3 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 10 0
Steve Carlton
Joaquin Andujar (2nd)
Steve Rogers (4th)
Gaylord Perry (6th)
Joe Sambito (6th)
Mike LaCoss (6th)
Bruce Sutter (W, 8th)
Nolan Ryan
Bob Stanley (3rd)
Mark Clear (5th)
Jim Kern (L / BS, 7th)
Ron Guidry (9th)
Lee Mazzilli (8th) Fred Lynn (1st)

1979 All-Star Game

National League All-Star Squad

Joaquin Andujar Houston Astros P
Johnny Bench Cincinnati Reds C Injured
7. Bob Boone Philadelphia Phillies C
8. Larry Bowa Philadelphia Phillies SS
Lou Brock St. Louis Cardinals OF
9. Steve Carlton Philadelphia Phillies P Starting Pitcher
Gary Carter Montreal Expos C
Ron Cey Los Angeles Dodgers 3B
Jack Clark San Francisco Giants OF
Dave Concepcion Cincinnati Reds SS Injured
5. George Foster Cincinnati Reds OF
3. Steve Garvey Los Angeles Dodgers 1B
Keith Hernandez St. Louis Cardinals 1B
Dave Kingman Chicago Cubs OF Injured
Mike LaCoss Cincinnati Reds P
1. Davey Lopes Los Angeles Dodgers 2B
Gary Matthews Atlanta Braves OF
Lee Mazzilli New York Mets OF
Joe Morgan Cincinnati Reds 2B
Joe Niekro Houston Astros P Did Not Pitch
2. Dave Parker Pittsburgh Pirates OF M.V.P.
Larry Parrish Montreal Expos 3B
Gaylord Perry San Diego Padres P
Craig Reynolds Houston Astros SS
Steve Rogers Montreal Expos P
Pete Rose Philadelphia Phillies 1B
Joe Sambito Houston Astros P
4. Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies 3B
Ted Simmons St. Louis Cardinals C Injured
John Stearns New York Mets C Did Not Play
Bruce Sutter Chicago Cubs P
Garry Templeton St. Louis Cardinals SS Did Not Pitch
6. Dave Winfield San Diego Padres OF
BOLD = Fan's choice to start the game (Manager chooses pitcher).

1979 All-Star Game

American League All-Star Squad

3. Don Baylor California Angels OF
Bruce Bochte Seattle Mariners 1B
2. George Brett Kansas City Royals 3B
Rick Burleson Boston Red Sox SS
Rod Carew California Angels 1B Injured
Mark Clear California Angels P
Cecil Cooper Milwaukee Brewers 1B
Brian Downing California Angels C
Bobby Grich California Angels 2B
Ron Guidry New York Yankees P
Reggie Jackson New York Yankees OF
Tommy John New York Yankees P Did Not Pitch
Steve Kemp Detroit Tigers OF
Jim Kern Texas Rangers P
Dave Lemanczyk Toronto Blue Jays P Did Not Pitch
Chet Lemon Chicago White Sox OF
5. Fred Lynn Boston Red Sox OF
Sid Monge Cleveland Indians P Did Not Pitch
Graig Nettles New York Yankees 3B
Jeff Newman Oakland Athletics C Did Not Play
7. Darrell Porter Kansas City Royals C
4. Jim Rice Boston Red Sox OF
9. Nolan Ryan California Angels P Starting Pitcher
Ken Singleton Baltimore Orioles OF
1. Roy Smalley Minnesota Twins SS
Don Stanhouse Baltimore Orioles P Did Not Pitch
Bob Stanley Boston Red Sox P
8. Frank White Kansas City Royals 2B
6. Carl Yastrzemski Boston Red Sox OF

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

Game / Box Links: 1979 Box Score | 1979 Play-by-Play
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Dave Parker of the Pittsburgh Pirates had two superb right field assists which earned him the All-Star Most Valuable Player Award .

Did you know that this was the first and only All-Star Game ever held in the Kingdome at Seattle, Washington — which was the only American League indoor park at the time?

This was the first and only year Nolan Ryan was named the starting pitcher on an All-Star squad. His other All-Star appearances were: 1973 All-Star Game , 1981 All-Star Game , 1985 All-Star Game and the 1989 All-Star Game (his final appearance and only All-Star win).

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