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.

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"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

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1981 All-Star Game Official Program

Game Number
Date / Box Score
Municipal Stadium
Attendance ( Rank )
National Anthem
Rocco Scotti (National Anthem Singer)
Starting Pitchers
Jim Frey
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).

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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)

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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