1986 All-Star Game

This year the American League launched a "Rocket" at the Nationals named Roger Clemens. With help from Ted Higuera, Charlie Hough, Dave Righetti and Don Aase, he shut down the National League and started his record setting All-Star Game career.

In the second, Lou Whitaker followed a Dave Winfield double with a homer off Dwight Gooden. In the seventh, Frank White popped the another off Mike Scott. The National League made it interesting in the bottom of the eighth by roughing up Hough for two runs. In the ninth, the National League had runners at first and third with one out when Aase got White to hit a check-swing grounder for a double play.

The American Leagues' debut of Clemens wasn't the only story of the day, Fernando Valenzuela struck out five consecutive batters and National League pitchers mowed down seven more. It was the third All-Star Game in a row to feature outstanding performances by the men on the hill.

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"I salute the fans for picking someone like Wally Joyner (for the 1986 All-Star Game). It shows they're paying attention." - Kansas City Royals second baseman Frank White

1986 All-Star Game

1986 All-Star Game Program

1986 All-Star Game Official Program

Game Number
Date / Box Score
Attendance ( Rank )
Starting Pitchers
John McNamara

1986 All-Star Game

Line Score

League 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
American 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 5 0
National 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 5 1
Roger Clemens (W)
Teddy Higuera (4th)
Charlie Hough (7)
Dave Righetti (8th)
Don Aase (9th)
Dwight Gooden (L)
Fernando Valenzuela (4th)
Mike Scott (7th)
Sid Fernandez (8th)
Mike Krukow (9th)
Lou Whitaker (2nd)
Frank White (7th)

1986 All-Star Game

American League All-Star Squad

Don Aase Baltimore Orioles P
Harold Baines Chicago White Sox OF
Jesse Barfield Toronto Blue Jays OF
3. Wade Boggs Boston Red Sox 3B
George Brett Kansas City Royals 3B Injured
Jose Canseco Oakland Athletics OF Did Not Play
9. Roger Clemens Boston Red Sox P Starting Pitcher
Tony Fernandez Toronto Blue Jays SS
Rich Gedman Boston Red Sox C
2. Rickey Henderson New York Yankees OF
Willie Hernandez Detroit Tigers P Did Not Pitch
Teddy Higuera Milwaukee Brewers P
Charlie Hough Texas Rangers P
Brook Jacoby Cleveland Indians 3B
5. Wally Joyner California Angels 1B
Don Mattingly New York Yankees 1B
Lloyd Moseby Toronto Blue Jays OF
Eddie Murray Baltimore Orioles 1B Did Not Play
4. Lance Parrish Detroit Tigers C
Jim Presley Seattle Mariners 3B Did Not Play
1. Kirby Puckett Minnesota Twins OF
Jim Rice Boston Red Sox OF
Dave Righetti New York Yankees P
6. Cal Ripken, Jr. Baltimore Orioles SS
Ken Schrom Cleveland Indians P Did Not Pitch
8. Lou Whitaker Detroit Tigers 2B
Frank White Kansas City Royals 2B
7. Dave Winfield New York Yankees OF
Mike Witt California Angels P Did Not Pitch
BOLD = Fan's choice to start the game (Manager chooses pitcher).

1986 All-Star Game

National League All-Star Squad

Kevin Bass Houston Astros OF
Hubie Brooks Montreal Expos SS
Chris Brown San Francisco Giants 3B
4. Gary Carter New York Mets C
Chili Davis San Francisco Giants OF
Glenn Davis Houston Astros 1B
Jody Davis Chicago Cubs C
Sid Fernandez New York Mets P
John Franco Cincinnati Reds P Did Not Pitch
9. Dwight Gooden New York Mets P Starting Pitcher
1. Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres OF
3. Keith Hernandez New York Mets 1B
Mike Krukow San Francisco Giants P
7. Dale Murphy Atlanta Braves OF
Dave Parker Cincinnati Reds OF
Tony Pena Pittsburgh Pirates C
Tim Raines Montreal Expos OF
Shane Rawley Philadelphia Phillies P Did Not Pitch
Jeff Reardon Montreal Expos P Did Not Pitch
Rick Rhoden Pittsburgh Pirates P Did Not Pitch
2. Ryne Sandberg Chicago Cubs 2B
Steve Sax Los Angeles Dodgers 2B
6. Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies 3B
Mike Scott Houston Astros P
Dave Smith Houston Astros P Did Not Pitch
8. Ozzie Smith St. Louis Cardinals SS
5. Darryl Strawberry New York Mets OF
Fernando Valenzuela Los Angeles Dodgers P

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

Game / Box Links: 1986 Box Score | 1986 Play-by-Play
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The five consecutive strikeouts ( Don Mattingly , Cal Ripken, Jr. , Jesse Barfield , Lou Whitaker and Teddy Higuera ) by Fernando Valenzuela tied him with the All Star record set during the 1934 All-Star Game by Carl Hubbell .

During the seventh inning of the 1986 Midsummer Classic, Frank White pinch hit for Lou Whitaker and hit and 0-2 pitch from Mike Scott over the left-center fence. To date, here are those who have also hit All-Star pinch hit homers:

Did you know that Roger Clemens pitched three perfect innings (no hits allowed & no walks allowed) — which included only three balls and twenty-one strikes — against the formidable National League lineup earning him the All-Star Most Valuable Player Award ?

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