1987 All-Star Game

If the last three games represented good pitching, then the '87 All-Star Game represented great pitching. Never in history had an All Star game gone beyond five innings without a run. This year no one would score until the thirteenth!

Ozzie Virgil singled to center. Lee Smith struck out trying to bunt and Hubie Brooks singled Virgil to second. Willie McGee flied out and Tim Raines drilled his third hit of the game, a two-run triple to left-center.

For the National League, the dominant pitchers were Mike Scott, Rick Sutcliffe, Orel Hershiser, Rick Reuschel, John Franco, Steve Bedrosian, Lee Smith and Sid Fernandez.

For the American League, it was Bret Saberhagen, Jack Morris, Mark Langston, Dan Plesac, Dave Righetti and Tom Henke.

The so-called "power hitters" from both leagues were being shut down repeatedly and the fans were beginning to get disappointed in their weak performances at the plate. Many missed the excitement of homeruns and scoring derbies that were supposed take place during the meetings of the league's top sluggers. The pitchers on the other hand, weren't complaining.

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1987 All-Star Game

1987 All-Star Game Program

1987 All-Star Game Official Program

Game Number
Date / Box Score
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
Attendance ( Rank )
Starting Pitchers
John McNamara

1987 All-Star Game

Line Score

League 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 R H E
National 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 8 2
American 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
Mike Scott
Rick Sutcliffe (3rd)
Orel Hershiser (5th)
Rick Reuschel (7th)
John Franco (8th)
Steve Bedrosian (9th)
Lee Smith (W, 10th)
Sid Fernandez (S, 13)
Bret Saberhagen
Jack Morris (4th)
Mark Langston (6th)
Dan Plesac (8th)
Dave Righetti (9th)
Tom Henke (9th)
Jay Howell (L, 10th)
None None

1987 All-Star Game

National League All-Star Squad

Steve Bedrosian Philadelphia Philles P
Hubie Brooks Montreal Expos SS
7. Gary Carter New York Mets C
5. Jack Clark St. Louis Cardinals 1B
1. Eric Davis Cincinnati Reds OF
3. Andre Dawson Chicago Cubs OF
Bo Diaz Cincinnati Reds C
Sid Fernandez New York Mets P
John Franco Cincinnati Reds P
Pedro Guerrero Los Angeles Dodgers OF
Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres OF
Keith Hernandez New York Mets 1B
Orel Hershiser Los Angeles Dodgers P
Jeffrey Leonard San Francisco Giants OF
Willie McGee St. Louis Cardinals OF
Dale Murphy Atlanta Braves OF
Tim Raines Montreal Expos OF MVP
Rick Reuschel Pittsburgh Pirates P
Juan Samuel Philadelphia Phillies 2B
2. Ryne Sandberg Chicago Cubs 2B
4. Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies 3B
9. Mike Scott Houston Astros P Starting Pitcher
Lee Smith Chicago Cubs P
8. Ozzie Smith St. Louis Cardinals SS
6. Darryl Strawberry New York Mets OF
Rick Sutcliffe Chicago Cubs P
Ozzie Virgil Atlanta Braves C
Tim Wallach Montreal Expos 3B
BOLD = Fan's choice to start the game (Manager chooses pitcher).

1987 All-Star Game

American League All-Star Squad

Harold Baines Chicago White Sox OF
4. George Bell Toronto Blue Jays OF
3. Wade Boggs Boston Red Sox 3B
Dwight Evans Boston Red Sox OF
Tony Fernandez Toronto Blue Jays SS
1. Rickey Henderson New York Yankees OF
Tom Henke Toronto Blue Jays P
Jay Howell Oakland Athletics P
Bruce Hurst Boston Red Sox P Did Not Pitch
7. Terry Kennedy Baltimore Orioles C
Mark Langston Seattle Mariners P
2. Don Mattingly New York Yankees 1B
Mark McGwire Oakland Athletics 1B
Jack Morris Detroit Tigers P
Matt Nokes Detroit Tigers C
Larry Parrish Texas Rangers 3B
Dan Plesac Milwaukee Brewers P
Kirby Puckett Minnesota Twins OF
8. Willie Randolph New York Yankees 2B
Harold Reynolds Seattle Mariners 2B
Dave Righetti New York Yankees P
6. Cal Ripken, Jr. Baltimore Orioles SS
9. Bret Saberhagen Kansas City Royals P Starting Pitcher
Kevin Seitzer Kansas City Royals 3B
Pat Tabler Cleveland Indians 1B
Alan Trammell Detroit Tigers SS
Lou Whitaker Detroit Tigers 2B Injured
5. 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).

Game / Box Links: 1987 Box Score | 1987 Play-by-Play
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Why did Tim Raines win the Most Valuable Player Award ? His triple in the thirteenth inning drove in the 1987 All-Star Games only runs.

In the ninth inning an exciting play occurred when Dave Winfield broke for home from second baseon a blown double play, but pitcher Steve Bedrosian threw him out at the plate.

Lee Smith entered during the tenth inning and threw three shutout innings — including a situation where Larry Parrish reached third base with two outs and Smith had to strike out Tony Fernandez to earn the National League win.

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