1990 All-Star Game

The first Midsummer Classic of the 1990's almost didn't start or finish, thanks to Mother Nature. The game was periodically stopped for a combined eighty-five minutes of assorted rain delays including a sixty-eight minute monsoon during the scoreless seventh inning. This prevented either side from establishing a rhythm and it was exceptionally hard on the pitchers.

Finally, the American League was able to round the bases thanks to Julio Franco's two-run double off Rob Dibble. Bret Saberhagen, the third of six American League pitchers, was the winner and fulfilled his boyhood dream of playing at Wrigley Field, only a few miles from his birthplace. Dennis Eckersley got the save. Bob Welch of Oakland, Dave Stieb of Toronto, Saberhagen, Bobby Thigpen of the Chicago White Sox, Chuck Finley of California and Eckersley combined to hold the National League to two hits which were both only singles.

The National League's hit total during this contest is the lowest in All-Star history. It was also the first time the American League had started of a new decade with a win since the dawning of the 1940's.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"When you feel wanted it makes you feel better about yourself and it makes you play better." - Will Clark

1990 All-Star Game

1990 All-Star Game Program

1990 All-Star Game Official Program

Game Number
Date / Box Score
Attendance ( Rank )
O' Canada
WayneMessmer (Singer/RecordingArtist)
The Star Spangled Banner
RichardMarx (Singer/RecordingArtist)
1 st Pitch
Starting Pitchers
Jim Leyland

1990 All-Star Game

Line Score

League 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
American 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 7 0
National 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
Bob Welch
Dave Stieb (3rd)
Bret Saberhagen (W, 5th)
Bobby Thigpen (7th)
Chuck Finley (8th)
Dennis Eckersley (9th)
Jack Armstrong
Ramon Martinez (3rd)
Dennis Martinez (4th)
Frank Viola (5th)
Dave Smith (6th)
Jeff Brantley (L, 7th)
Rob Dibble (7th)
Randy Myers (8th)
John Franco (9th)
None None

1990 All-Star Game

American League All-Star Squad

7. Sandy Alomar, Jr. Cleveland Indians C
George Bell Toronto Blue Jays OF
2. Wade Boggs Boston Red Sox 3B
Ellis Burks Boston Red Sox OF Injured
3. Jose Canseco Oakland Athletics OF
Roger Clemens Boston Red Sox P Did Not Pitch
Dennis Eckersley Oakland Athletics P
Cecil Fielder Detroit Tigers 1B
Chuck Finley California Angels P
Julio Franco Texas Rangers 2B MVP
5. Ken Griffey, Jr. Seattle Mariners OF
Kelly Gruber Toronto Blue Jays 3B
Ozzie Guillen Chicago White Sox SS
1. Rickey Henderson Oakland Athletics OF
Brook Jacoby Cleveland Indians 3B
Randy Johnson Seattle Mariners P Did Not Pitch
Doug Jones Cleveland Indians P
6. Mark McGwire Oakland Athletics 1B
Gregg Olson Baltimore Orioles P Did Not Pitch
Dave Parker Milwaukee Brewers 1B Did Not Play
Lance Parrish California Angels C
Kirby Puckett Minnesota Twins OF
4. Cal Ripken, Jr. Baltimore Orioles SS
Bret Saberhagen Kansas City Royals P
8. Steve Sax New York Yankees 2B
Dave Stieb Toronto Blue Jays P
Bobby Thigpen Chicago White Sox P
Alan Trammell Detroit Tigers SS
9. Bob Welch Oakland Athletics P Starting Pitcher
BOLD = Fan's choice to start the game (Manager chooses pitcher).

1990 All-Star Game

National League All-Star Squad

Roberto Alomar San Diego Padres 2B
9. Jack Armstrong Cincinnati Reds P Starting Pitcher
Barry Bonds Pittsburgh Pirates OF
Bobby Bonilla Pittsburgh Pirates 1B
Jeff Brantley San Francisco Giants P
3. Will Clark San Francisco Giants 1B
5. Andre Dawson Chicago Cubs OF
Rob Dibble Cincinnati Reds P
Shawon Dunston Chicago Cubs SS
1. Lenny Dykstra Philadelphia Phillies OF
John Franco New York Mets P
Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres OF
Neal Heaton Pittsburgh Pirates P Did Not Pitch
Barry Larkin Cincinnati Reds SS
Dennis Martinez Montreal Expos P
Ramon Martinez Los Angeles Dodgers P
4. Kevin Mitchell San Francisco Giants OF
Randy Myers Cincinnati Reds P
Greg Olson Atlanta Braves C
6. Chris Sabo Cincinnati Reds 3B
2. Ryne Sandberg Chicago Cubs 2B
Benito Santiago San Diego Padres C Injured
7. Mike Scioscia Los Angeles Dodgers C
Dave Smith Houston Astros P
8. Ozzie Smith St. Louis Cardinals SS
Darryl Strawberry New York Mets OF
Frank Viola New York Mets P
Tim Wallach Montreal Expos 3B
Matt Williams San Francisco Giants 1B

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

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Why did we choose a Will Clark quotation? Because him and Lenny Dykstra were the only two National League players who had a hit during this American League shutout.

This was the third Midsummer Classic (first was 1947 All-Star Game & second was 1962 All-Star Game ) held at Wrigley Field and its first under the lights.

The Most Valuable Player , Julio Franco , came to the plate during the seventh inning when heavy rain stopped the game for more than one hour. When play finally resumed, Franco faced a new pitcher, Rob Dibble , and preceeded to line a shot into right center field for the only extra base hit of the game and drove in the only runs for either side.

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