1981 All-Star Game

This year the American League almost got a reprieve because of a players' strike that ran from June 12 to July 31 (with teams resuming play August 10). The original All-Star Game on July 14 was canceled. Instead, the game reset as a prelude to resuming play. It was the second All-Star Game played in August.

Many fans were still upset about the strike and most baseball purists feel that it has never fully recovered from this labor dispute. Despite the disgruntled fans, this game surprisingly had the largest crowd ever in attendance.

Once again the American League led the majority of the game and held the National League in check. That was until the eighth inning when Rollie Fingers walked Ozzie Smith. Then with Mike Easler at bat, Smith stole second and, when the throw went into center field, Smith took out for third. He was caught in a rundown and tagged out. The American League seemed to still be in control, but then Easler walked. In classic National League fashion, Mike Schmidt stepped up to the plate and pounded the ball, hitting the two-run game-winner.

"I don't mind telling you that this is a pretty big kick to me. I'm a guy who played fourteen years in the minors and never made the majors. Plenty of times I didn't even know what I'd be doing for a living, much less managing a Major League All-Star team." - 1981 American League All-Star Manager Jim Frey
1981 All-Star Game

1981 All-Star Game Progam
1981 All-Star Game Official Program

Game Number

52

Date / Box Score

Location

Municipal Stadium

Attendance ( Rank )

72,086

National Anthem
Rocco Scotti (National Anthem Singer)

Starting Pitchers

Managers

Jim Frey

Coaches

Dave Garcia

1981 All-Star Game

Line Score / Box Score

League

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

National

0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 0 5 9 1

American

0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 4 11 1

Fernando Valenzuela
Tom Seaver (2nd)
Bob Knepper (3rd)
Burt Hooton (5th)
Dick Ruthven (6th)
Vida Blue (W, 7th)
Nolan Ryan (8th)
Bruce Sutter (S, 9th)

Jack Morris
Len Barker (3rd)
Ken Forsch (5th)
Mike Norris (6th)
Ron Davis (7th)
Rollie Fingers (L, 8th)
Dave Stieb (8th)
-

Gary Carter (5th)
Dave Parker (6th)
Gary Carter (7th)
Mike Schmidt (8th)

Ken Singleton (2nd)
-
-
-

1981 All-Star Game

National League All-Star Squad

Dusty Baker

Los Angeles Dodgers

OF

Bruce Benedict

Atlanta Braves

C

Vida Blue

San Francisco Giants

P

Bill Buckner

Chicago Cubs

1B

Steve Carlton

Philadelphia Phillies

P

Did Not Pitch

7.

Gary Carter

Montreal Expos

C

2.

Dave Concepcion

Cincinnati Reds

SS

6.

Andre Dawson

Montreal Expos

OF

Mike Easler

Pittsburgh Pirates

OF

5.

George Foster

Cincinnati Reds

OF

Phil Garner

Pittsburgh Pirates

2B

Steve Garvey

Los Angeles Dodgers

1B

Pedro Guerrero

Los Angeles Dodgers

OF

Burt Hooton

Los Angeles Dodgers

P

Terry Kennedy

San Diego Padres

C

Bob Knepper

Houston Astros

P

8.

Davey Lopes

Los Angeles Dodgers

2B

Bill Madlock

Pittsburgh Pirates

3B

3.

Dave Parker

Pittsburgh Pirates

OF

Tim Raines

Montreal Expos

OF

1.

Pete Rose

Philadelphia Phillies

1B

Dick Ruthven

Philadelphia Phillies

P

Nolan Ryan

Houston Astros

P

4.

Mike Schmidt

Philadelphia Phillies

3B

Tom Seaver

Cincinnati Reds

P

Ozzie Smith

San Diego Padres

SS

Bruce Sutter

St. Louis Cardinals

P

Manny Trillo

Philadelphia Phillies

2B

9.

Fernando Valenzuela

Los Angeles Dodgers

P

Starting Pitcher

Joel Youngblood

New York Mets

OF

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

1981 All-Star Game

American League All-Star Squad

Tony Armas

Oakland Athletics

OF

Len Barker

Cleveland Indians

P

Buddy Bell

Texas Rangers

3B

3.

George Brett

Kansas City Royals

3B

Rick Burleson

California Angels

SS

Britt Burns

Chicago White Sox

P

Did Not Pitch

1.

Rod Carew

California Angels

1B

Doug Corbett

Minnesota Twins

P

Did Not Pitch

Ron Davis

New York Yankees

P

8.

Bucky Dent

New York Yankees

SS

Bo Diaz

Cleveland Indians

C

Dwight Evans

Boston Red Sox

OF

Rollie Fingers

Milwaukee Brewers

P

7.

Carlton Fisk

Chicago White Sox

C

Ken Forsch

California Angels

P

Rich Gossage

New York Yankees

P

Injured

6.

Reggie Jackson

New York Yankees

OF

Fred Lynn

California Angels

OF

Scott McGregor

Baltimore Orioles

P

Did Not Pitch

9.

Jack Morris

Detroit Tigers

P

Starting Pitcher

Eddie Murray

Baltimore Orioles

1B

Mike Norris

Oakland Athletics

P

Al Oliver

Texas Rangers

1B

Tom Paciorek

Seattle Mariners

OF

2.

Willie Randolph

New York Yankees

2B

Ted Simmons

Milwaukee Brewers

C

5.

Ken Singleton

Baltimore Orioles

OF

Dave Stieb

Toronto Blue Jays

P

Gorman Thomas

Milwaukee Brewers

OF

Frank White

Kansas City Royals

2B

4.

Dave Winfield

New York Yankees

OF

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



Did you know that All-Star records were set during the 1981 Midsummer Classic for largest crowd / attendance ever (72,086) and most players ever used by both leagues (fifty-six)?

Gary Carter slammed two home runs during this game and won the All-Star Most Valuable Player Award . Players before him who had two longs balls during the same All-Star Game:

Two Home Runs During One Midsummer Classic
(1933 through 1980)
N.L.
A.L.
A.L.
N.L.

A hall of fame ending featured Mike Schmidt hitting a go-ahead eighth inning home run off of closer Rollie Fingers . Following the game Schmidt said, "It (the home run) was as good as I ever felt running around the bases. As good as the World Series."

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