1997 All-Star Game

The American League was still suffering from the previous year's shutout and was determined to make a comeback in Cleveland. They got their wish due to the late-game heroics of Indians catcher Sandy Alomar, Jr., who thrilled his hometown fans with a two-run, game-deciding home run in the seventh inning.

A repeat of the '95 classic, the National League hitters managed only three hits off of eight American League pitchers. Both teams traded solo home runs with Seattle's Edgar Martinez hitting one in the second inning and Atlanta's Javier Lopez becoming the eleventh player to homer in his first All-Star game at-bat in the seventh.

In the bottom of the seventh, Bernie Williams drew a one-out walk from the Giants Shawn Estes. One out later, Alomar became the first All-Star to earn Most Valuable Player honors in his home ballpark when he blasted an Estes pitch into the left field bleachers. The American League was back and they were only getting started.

"It was kind of humid out there. The ball just slipped out of my hand. You saw it. I went right to the resin bag. I guess it was kind of apropos that it slipped while Larry Walker was up." - Randy Johnson
1997 All-Star Game

1997 All-Star Game Program

1997 All-Star Game Official Program

Game Number

68

Date / Box Score

Location

Jacobs Field

Attendance ( Rank )

44,916

O' Canada

The McAuley Boys

The Star Spangled Banner

Undetermined

1 st Pitch

From

To

Starting Pitchers

Managers

Coaches

1997 All Star Game

Line Score

League

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

National

0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 0

American

0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 x 3 7 0

Greg Maddux
Curt Schilling (3 rd )
Kevin Brown (5 th )
Pedro Martinez (6 th )
Shawn Estes (L, 7 th )
Bobby Jones (8 th )
-
-

Randy Johnson
Roger Clemens (3 rd )
David Cone (4 th )
Justin Thompson (5 th )
Pat Hentgen (6 th )
Jose Rosado (W, 7 th )
Randy Myers (8 th )
Mariano Rivera (S, 9 th )

Javy Lopez (7 th )
-

Edgar Martinez (2 nd )
Sandy Alomar, Jr. (7 th )

1997 All-Star Game

National League All-Star Squad

Moises Alou

Florida Marlins

OF

5.

Jeff Bagwell

Houston Astros

1B

Rod Beck

San Francisco Giants

P

Did Not Pitch

1.

Craig Biggio

Houston Astros

2B

9.

Jeff Blauser

Atlanta Braves

SS

3.

Barry Bonds

San Francisco Giants

OF

Kevin Brown

Florida Marlins

P

7.

Ken Caminiti

San Diego Padres

3B

Royce Clayton

St. Louis Cardinals

SS

Shawn Estes

San Francisco Giants

P

Steve Finley

San Diego Padres

OF

Andres Galarraga

Colorado Rockies

1B

Tom Glavine

Atlanta Braves

P

Injured

Mark Grace

Chicago Cubs

1B

2.

Tony Gwynn

San Diego Padres

OF

Todd Hundley

New York Mets

C

Injured

Charles Johnson

Florida Marlins

C

Bobby Jones

New York Mets

P

Chipper Jones

Atlanta Braves

3B

Darryl Kile

Houston Astros

P

Did Not Pitch

8.

Ray Lankford

St. Louis Cardinals

OF

Barry Larkin

Cincinnati Reds

SS

Injured

Kenny Lofton

Atlanta Braves

OF

Injured

Javy Lopez

Atlanta Braves

C

Greg Maddux

Atlanta Braves

P

Starting Pitcher

Pedro Martinez

Montreal Expos

P

Denny Neagle

Atlanta Braves

P

Did Not Pitch

4.

Mike Piazza

Los Angeles Dodgers

C

Curt Schilling

Philadelphia Phillies

P

6.

Larry Walker

Colorado Rockies

OF

Tony Womack

Pittsburgh Pirates

2B

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

1997 All-Star Game

American League All-Star Squad

9.

Roberto Alomar

Baltimore Orioles

2B

Sandy Alomar, Jr.

Cleveland Indians

C

MVP

1.

Brady Anderson

Baltimore Orioles

OF

Albert Belle

Chicago White Sox

OF

Did Not Play

Jeff Cirillo

Milwaukee Brewers

3B

Roger Clemens

Toronto Blue Jays

P

David Cone

New York Yankees

P

Joey Cora

Seattle Mariners

2B

Jason Dickson

Anaheim Angels

P

Did Not Pitch

Nomar Garciaparra

Boston Red Sox

SS

3.

Ken Griffey, Jr.

Seattle Mariners

OF

Pat Hentgen

Toronto Blue Jays

P

Randy Johnson

Seattle Mariners

P

Starting Pitcher

David Justice

Cleveland Indians

OF

Injured

Chuck Knoblauch

Minnesota Twins

2B

4.

Tino Martinez

New York Yankees

1B

5.

Edgar Martinez

Seattle Mariners

DH

Mark McGwire

Oakland Athletics

1B

Mike Mussina

Baltimore Orioles

P

Did Not Pitch

Randy Myers

Baltimore Orioles

P

6.

Paul O'Neill

New York Yankees

OF

7.

Cal Ripken, Jr.

Baltimore Orioles

SS

Mariano Rivera

New York Yankees

P

2.

Alex Rodriguez

Seattle Mariners

SS

8.

Ivan Rodriguez

Texas Rangers

C

Jose Rosado

Kansas City Royals

P

Frank Thomas

Chicago White Sox

1B

Injured

Jim Thome

Cleveland Indians

1B

Justin Thompson

Detroit Tigers

P

Bernie Williams

New York Yankees

OF

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



The National League lineup included sluggers / future Hall of Famers Mike Piazza , Larry Walker and Barry Bonds yet they managed to only get three (3) hits off the entire American League pitching staff.

The most memorable moment happened when Larry Walker stepped up to the plate versus Randy Johnson . The first pitch sailed high over Walker's head. Walker , who is left handed, stepped out, turned his helmet around, then stepped back up to the plate right handed (and took a strike).

This particular game was the first one where American League fans were able to select a designated hitter and the Mariners' own Edgar Martinez took that honor.

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