1989 All-Star Game

This game featured one of the most gifted and versatile athletes ever to play in professional sports. Bo Jackson was a standout player for the National Football League (NFL) as well as Major League Baseball (MLB) and many feel that if his career had not ended so early on, he could have been one of the greatest in both sports.

Jackson not only started the rally in this game but he also maintained and finished it. He was the leadoff batter going up against Rick Reuschel. With one swing of his bat, the tone was set. "When the ball hit the bat," said National League manager Tommy Lasorda, "it sounded like he hit a golf ball." The ball sailed high and far, soared over the center-field fence and landed an estimated four-hundred forty-eight feet from home plate.

From then on it was a Jackson highlight film showcasing his power and speed. He stole a base and raced from left field to left center to catch a Pedro Guerrero liner with two runners in scoring position and two out in the National League's first inning. The American League won its first back-to-back All-Star games for the first time since 1957-58. The league was ecstatic from the variety of exciting and unpredictable games that the 80's had provided and hoped that this trend would last into the 90's.

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"Bo (Jackson), at the top give us a chance to get started quickly. We can put some pressure on the other team right away." - Tony LaRussa (pre-game ceremonies)

1989 All-Star Game

1989 All-Star Program

1989 All-Star Game Official Program

Game Number
Date / Box Score
Anaheim Stadium
Attendance ( Rank )
O' Canada
DocSeverinsen (OrchestraLeaderonTonightShow)
The Star Spangled Banner
DocSeverinsen (OrchestraLeaderonTonightShow)
1 st Pitch
Starting Pitchers
Jack McKeon

1989 All-Star Game

Line Score

League 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 9 1
American 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 x 5 12 0
Rick Reuschel
John Smoltz (L, 2nd)
Rick Sutcliffe (3rd)
Tim Burke (4th)
Mark Davis (6th)
Jay Howell (7th)
Mitch Williams (8th)
Dave Stewart
Nolan Ryan (W, 2nd)
Mark Gubicza (4th)
Mike Moore (5th)
Greg Swindell (6th)
Jeff Russell (7th)
Dan Plesac (8th)
Doug Jones (8th)
Bo Jackson (1st)
Wade Boggs (1st)

1989 All-Star Game

National League All-Star Squad

Bobby Bonilla Pittsburgh Pirates 3B
Tim Burke Montreal Expos P
3. Will Clark San Francisco Giants 1B
Vince Coleman St. Louis Cardinals OF
5. Eric Davis Cincinnati Reds OF
Glenn Davis Houston Astros 1B
Mark Davis San Diego Padres P
Andrew Dawson Chicago Cubs OF
John Franco Cincinnati Reds P Did Not Pitch
7. Pedro Guerrero St. Louis Cardinals 1B
2. Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres OF
Von Hayes Philadelphia Phillies OF
Orel Hershiser Los Angeles Dodgers P Did Not Pitch
Jay Howell Los Angeles Dodgers P
6. Howard Johnson New York Mets 3B
Barry Larkin Cincinnati Reds SS Did Not Play
4. Kevin Mitchell San Francisco Giants OF
Tony Pena St. Louis Cardinals C
Willie Randolph Los Angeles Dodgers 2B
Rick Reuschel San Francisco Giants P Starting Pitcher
8. Ryne Sandberg Chicago Cubs 2B
9. Benito Santiago San Diego Padres C
Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies 3B Injured
Mike Scioscia Los Angeles Dodgers C
Mike Scott Houston Astros P Injured
1. Ozzie Smith St. Louis Cardinals SS
John Smoltz Atlanta Braves P
Darryl Strawberry New York Mets OF Injured
Rick Sutcliffe Chicago Cubs P
Tim Wallach Montreal Expos 3B
Mitch Williams Chicago Cubs P
BOLD = Fan's choice to start the game (Manager chooses pitcher).

1989 All-Star Game

American League All-Star Squad

4. Harold Baines Chicago White Sox DH
2. Wade Boggs Boston Red Sox 3B
Jose Canseco Oakland Athletics OF Injured
Tony Fernandez Toronto Blue Jays SS
Chuck Finley California Angels P Did Not Pitch
5. Julio Franco Texas Rangers 2B
Gary Gaetti Minnesota Twins 3B
Mike Greenwell Boston Red Sox OF
Kelly Gruber Toronto Blue Jays 3B Did Not Play
Mark Gubicza Kansas City Royals P
Mike Henneman Detroit Tigers P Did Not Pitch
1. Bo Jackson Kansas City Royals OF MVP
Doug Jones Cleveland Indians P
Jeffrey Leonard Seattle Mariners DH
Don Mattingly New York Yankees 1B
8. Mark McGwire Oakland Athletics 1B
Mike Moore Oakland Athletics P
Dan Plesac Milwaukee Brewers P
3. Kirby Puckett Minnesota Twins OF
6. Cal Ripken, Jr. Baltimore Orioles SS
Jeff Russell Texas Rangers P
Nolan Ryan Texas Rangers P
Steve Sax New York Yankees 2B
7. Ruben Sierra Texas Rangers OF
9. Terry Steinbach Oakland Athletics C
Dave Stewart Oakland Athletics P Starting Pitcher
Greg Swindell Cleveland Indians P
Mickey Tettleton Baltimore Orioles C
Devon White California Angels OF

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

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This American League victory combined with last years win were the first back-to-back American League All-Star Game victories since 1957-1958.

Nolan Ryan's two shutout innings earned him the victory and made him the oldest winning All-Star pitcher in Midsummer Classic history.

Bo Jackson won the All-Star Most Valuable Player Award because of a stunning catch in the first, a leadoff home run and driving home the go ahead run during the second inning.

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