After that devastating loss to the American League the year before, the Nationals were determined to get back on the winning track. Unlike the American League scoring derby that took place the year before, pitching was the talent showcased in this game.
There were fifty-four All-Star Games to date and only four times in it's history had a pitcher struck out the entire side. This year Fernando Valenzuela, Dwight Gooden, and Bill Caudill all accomplished the feat to guarantee the National League's victory.
The National League scored in the first as Steve Garvey singled and went to second when Reggie Jackson misplayed the ball. Dale Murphy followed with a single to left and Garvey headed for home, bowling over Lance Parrish at the plate for a 1-0 lead. George Brett tied it with a home run in the top of the second and the National League went ahead again on Gary Carter's homer in the bottom of the inning. After that, it was all pitching and another National League win.
"Maybe the American Leaguers will experience some of the same frustrations we all experience here (Candlestick Park) during the regular season. At least I hope so." - 1984 All-Star Catcher Gary Carter
1984 American League All-Star Squad
1984 National League All-Star Squad
Twenty-one total strikeouts (ten by the American League pitchers and eleven by the National League pitchers) occurred during the 1984 Midsummer Classic—setting a new All-Star record.
Did you know that the appearance by Dwight Gooden —who was leading the league in strikeouts with one-hundred thirty-three—during the fifth inning of this game was an All-Star record as he was only nineteen years old when he took the mound?