1988 All-Star Game

The unlikeliest of All-Stars, a player with less time than his backup, had the biggest performance of any player there in his All-Star debut. The Oakland A's catcher Terry Steinbach homered and hit a sacrifice fly, lifting the American League to victory. Steinbach led off the third inning with a homer against Dwight Gooden. The liner just eluded Darryl Strawberry, who said the ball popped out of his glove as he tried to pull it back over the fence.

The homer put Steinbach into the annals of baseball trivia: He's the only player to hit a home run in both his first at-bat in the majors and in his first at-bat in an All-Star Game. His next hit was even more crucial. The American League loaded the bases against Bob Knepper on a double by Dave Winfield, a walk to Cal Ripken, Jr. and a short single by Mark McGwire. Steinbach followed with a towering fly to left that came within ten feet of becoming the second grand slam in All-Star history.

Frank Viola set the tempo for American League pitchers by retiring all six batters he faced. The National League managed only five singles off the seven hitters who followed him: Roger Clemens, Mark Gubicza, Dave Stieb, Jeff Russell, Doug Jones, Dan Plesac and Dennis Eckersley.

It was an amazing performance by an individual, but also a great effort by Steinbach's team to ensure another victory. Many fans and the league were pleased as the National and American League traded the last four All-Star victories breaking the monotony of the previous decades of dominance by one side or the other.

"Best pitcher (Jack Morris) I ever had." - Sparky Anderson
1988 All-Star Game

1988 All-Star Game Program
1988 All-Star Game #1 Official Program

The 1988 Midsummer Classic At-A-Glance

Game Number

59

Date / Box Score

Location

Riverfront Stadium

Attendance ( Rank )

55,837

Starting Pitchers

Managers

Coaches

Tom Trebelhorn

1988 All-Star Game

Line Score / Box Score / Play by Play

League

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

American

0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 2

National

0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0

Frank Viola (W)
Roger Clemens (3rd)
Mark Gubicza (4th)
Dave Stieb (6th)
Jeff Russell (7th)
Doug Jones (8th)
Dan Plesac (8th)
Dennis Eckersley (S, 9th)

Dwight Gooden (L)
Bob Knepper (4th)
David Cone (5th)
Kevin Gross (6th)
Mark Davis (7th)
Bob Walk (7th)
Orel Hershiser (8th)
Todd Worrell (9th)

Terry Steinbach (3rd)

None

1988 All-Star Game

American League All-Star Squad

Doyle Alexander

Detroit Tigers

P

Did Not Pitch

3.

Wade Boggs

Boston Red Sox

3B

George Brett

Kansas City Royals

3B

4.

Jose Canseco

Oakland Athletics

OF

Roger Clemens

Boston Red Sox

P

Dennis Eckersley

Oakland Athletics

P

Gary Gaetti

Minnesota Twins

3B

Mike Greenwell

Boston Red Sox

OF

Mark Gubicza

Kansas City Royals

P

Ozzie Guillen

Chicago White Sox

SS

Injured

1.

Rickey Henderson

New York Yankees

OF

Doug Jones

Cleveland Indians

P

Carney Lansford

Oakland Athletics

3B

Tim Laudner

Minnesota Twins

C

Don Mattingly

New York Yankees

1B

7.

Mark McGwire

Oakland Athletics

1B

2.

Paul Molitor

Milwaukee Brewers

2B

Dan Plesac

Milwaukee Brewers

P

Kirby Puckett

Minnesota Twins

OF

Johnny Ray

California Angels

2B

Jeff Reardon

Minnesota Twins

P

Did Not Pitch

Harold Reynolds

Seattle Mariners

2B

6.

Cal Ripken, Jr.

Baltimore Orioles

SS

Jeff Russell

Texas Rangers

P

8.

Terry Steinbach

Oakland Athletics

C

MVP

Dave Stieb

Toronto Blue Jays

P

Kurt Stillwell

Kansas City Royals

SS

Alan Trammell

Detroit Tigers

SS

Injured

9.

Frank Viola

Minnesota Twins

P

Starting Pitcher

5.

Dave Winfield

New York Yankees

OF

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

1988 All-Star Game

National League All-Star Squad

5.

Bobby Bonilla

Pittsburgh Pirates

3B

7.

Gary Carter

New York Mets

C

6.

Will Clark

San Francisco Giants

1B

1.

Vince Coleman

St. Louis Cardinals

OF

David Cone

New York Mets

P

Mark Davis

San Diego Padres

P

3.

Andre Dawson

Chicago Cubs

OF

Shawon Dunston

Chicago Cubs

SS

Did Not Play

Andres Galarraga

Montreal Expos

1B

9.

Dwight Gooden

New York Mets

P

Starting Pitcher

Kevin Gross

Philadelphia Phillies

P

Orel Hershiser

Los Angeles Dodgers

P

Danny Jackson

Cincinnati Reds

P

Did Not Pitch

Bob Knepper

Houston Astros

P

Barry Larkin

Cincinnati Reds

SS

Vance Law

Chicago Cubs

2B

Greg Maddux

Chicago Cubs

P

Did Not Pitch

Willie McGee

St. Louis Cardinals

OF

Rafael Palmeiro

Chicago Cubs

OF

Lance Parrish

Philadelphia Phillies

C

Gerald Perry

Atlanta Braves

1B

Chris Sabo

Cincinnati Reds

3B

2.

Ryne Sandberg

Chicago Cubs

2B

8.

Ozzie Smith

St. Louis Cardinals

SS

4.

Darryl Strawberry

New York Mets

OF

Robby Thompson

San Francisco Giants

2B

Injured

Andy Van Slyke

Pittsburgh Pirates

OF

Bob Walk

Pittsburgh Pirates

P

Todd Worrell

St. Louis Cardinals

P

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



Frank Viola was awarded the victory because of his start which included two perfectly pitched innings against the National League All-Star squad.

Did you know that the Terry Steinbach third inning home run actually hit the glove of Darryl Strawberry before going over the wall for a four-bagger?

Dennis Eckersley , the ace reliever of the era / period, threw a perfect ninth inning to shut down the National League and earn his second career Midsummer Classic save.

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