1996 All-Star Game

Once again, the All-Star Game returned to the City of Brotherly Love as the National League pounded their rivals and shut them out, but not before a unique record would be set.

Neither pitching staff allowed a single walk during the entire game! Despite the lack of walks, the American League had no problem giving up runs. Once again Mike Piazza was at his best, driving in two runs with a homer and double to win Most Valuable Player honors. He became the first player to homer in consecutive All-Star Games since Fred Lynn in 1979-80. Combined with his homer in his last at-bat in the 1995, he also became the first to homer in consecutive All-Star at-bats since Gary Carter in 1981.

The game would have had a lot more, if not for the absence of Ken Griffey, Jr., Tony Gwynn, Frank Thomas and Matt Williams due to injuries. The victory was the National League's third in a row and extended its series lead to 40-26-1.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"The words are hard to express. For something like this (on winning the All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award) to happen in Philadelphia is just unbelievable." - Mike Piazza

1996 All-Star Game

1997 All-Star Game Program

1996 All-Star Game Official Program

Game Number
Date / Box Score
Veterans Stadium
Attendance ( Rank )
O' Canada
SarahMacLachlan (Singer/RecordingArtist)
The Star Spangled Banner
Kelsey Grammer (Actor)
1 st Pitch
Starting Pitchers
Terry Bevington
Earl Weaver

1996 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 0 0 0 0 7 0
National 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 x 6 12 1
Charles Nagy (L)
Chuck Finley (3rd)
Roger Pavlik (5th)
Troy Percival (7th)
Roberto Hernandez (8th)
John Smoltz (W)
Kevin Brown (3rd)
Tom Glavine (4th)
Ricky Bottalico (5th)
Pedro Martinez (6th)
Steve Trachsel (7th)
Todd Worrell (8th)
Mark Wohlers (9th)
Al Leiter (9th)
Mike Piazza (2nd)
Ken Caminiti (6th)

1996 All-Star Game

American League All-Star Squad

3. Roberto Alomar Baltimore Orioles 2B
Sandy Alomar, Jr. Cleveland Indians C
8. Brady Anderson Baltimore Orioles OF
4. Albert Belle Cleveland Indians OF
2. Wade Boggs New York Yankees 3B
Jay Buhner Seattle Mariners OF
Joe Carter Toronto Blue Jays OF
Chuck Finley California Angels P
Travis Fryman Detroit Tigers 3B
Ken Griffey, Jr. Seattle Mariners OF Injured
Roberto Hernandez Chicago White Sox P
Chuck Knoblauch Minnesota Twins 2B
1. Kenny Lofton Cleveland Indians OF
Edgar Martinez Seattle Mariners DH
Mark McGwire Oakland Athletics 1B
Jose Mesa Cleveland Indians P Did Not Pitch
Jeff Montgomery Kansas City Royals P Did Not Pitch
9. Charles Nagy Cleveland Indians P Starting Pitcher
Roger Pavlik Texas Rangers P
Troy Percival California Angels P
Andy Pettitte New York Yankees P Did Not Pitch
7. Cal Ripken, Jr. Baltimore Orioles SS
Alex Rodriguez Seattle Mariners SS
6. Ivan Rodriguez Texas Rangers C
Frank Thomas Chicago White Sox 1B Injured
Greg Vaughn Milwaukee Brewers OF Did Not Play
5. Mo Vaughn Boston Red Sox 1B
John Wetteland New York Yankees P Did Not Pitch
Dan Wilson Seattle Mariners C
BOLD = Fan's choice to start the game (Manager chooses pitcher).

1996 All-Star Game

National League All-Star Squad

Jeff Bagwell Houston Astros 1B
6. Dante Bichette Colorado Rockies OF
8. Craig Biggio Houston Astros 2B
3. Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants OF
Ricky Bottalico Philadelphia Phillies P
Kevin Brown Florida Marlins P
Ellis Burks Colorado Rockies OF
Ken Caminiti San Diego Padres 3B
Tom Glavine Atlanta Braves P
Mark Grudzielanek Montreal Expos 3B
Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres OF Injured
Todd Hundley New York Mets C
1. Lance Johnson New York Mets OF
7. Chipper Jones Atlanta Braves 3B
Jason Kendall Pittsburgh Pirates C
2. Barry Larkin Cincinnati Reds SS
Al Leiter Florida Marlins P
Greg Maddux Atlanta Braves P Did Not Pitch
Pedro Martinez Montreal Expos P
4. Fred McGriff Atlanta Braves 1B
5. Mike Piazza Los Angeles Dodgers C
Henry Rodriguez Montreal Expos OF
Gary Sheffield Florida Marlins OF
Ozzie Smith St. Louis Cardinals SS
9. John Smoltz Atlanta Braves P Starting Pitcher
Steve Trachsel Chicago Cubs P
Matt Williams San Francisco Giants 3B Injured
Mark Wohlers Atlanta Braves P
Todd Worrell Los Angeles Dodgers P
Eric Young Colorado Rockies 2B

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

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The 1996 Midsummer Classic started with not one, but five first pitches thrown simultaneously by Richie Ashburn , Jim Bunning , Steve Carlton , Robin Roberts and Mike Schmidt .

Mike Piazza , who is from Norristown Pennsylvania, caught the first pitch from his childhood hero Mike Schmidt then went on to be the game's Most Valuable Player .

The crowd some great pitching throughout the game by both clubs. However, when Mark Wohlers came in and started throwing pitches over one-hundred miles per hour they truly went wild.

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