1987 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
The 1987 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 58th playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 14, 1987, at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California, the home of the Oakland Athletics of the American League. The game resulted in the National League defeating the American League 2-0 in 13 innings. Montreal Expos outfielder Tim Raines was named the Most Valuable Player.
|Date||July 14, 1987|
|Venue||Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum|
|MVP||Tim Raines (MON)|
|First pitch||Larry Doby|
|TV announcers||Vin Scully and Joe Garagiola|
|Radio announcers||Brent Musburger, Jerry Coleman and Johnny Bench|
Players in italics have since been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
|Managers||Davey Johnson||John McNamara|
|Coaches||Roger Craig||Jim Fregosi|
|Coaches||Hal Lanier||Tony La Russa|
|Honorary Captains||Billy Williams||Catfish Hunter|
|Home Plate||Don Denkinger (AL)|
|First Base||Dick Stello (NL)|
|Second Base||Vic Voltaggio (AL)|
|Third Base||Joe West (NL)|
|Left Field||Derryl Cousins (AL)|
|Right Field||Doug Harvey (NL)|
|National League||American League|
|1||Eric Davis||Reds||OF||1||Rickey Henderson||Yankees||OF|
|2||Ryne Sandberg||Cubs||2B||2||Don Mattingly||Yankees||1B|
|3||Andre Dawson||Cubs||OF||3||Wade Boggs||Red Sox||3B|
|4||Mike Schmidt||Phillies||3B||4||George Bell||Blue Jays||OF|
|5||Jack Clark||Cardinals||1B||5||Dave Winfield||Yankees||OF|
|6||Darryl Strawberry||Mets||OF||6||Cal Ripken, Jr.||Orioles||SS|
|7||Gary Carter||Mets||C||7||Terry Kennedy||Orioles||C|
|8||Ozzie Smith||Cardinals||SS||8||Willie Randolph||Yankees||2B|
|9||Mike Scott||Astros||P||9||Bret Saberhagen||Royals||P|
While the last 3 All-Star games had good pitching, the 1987 Midsummer Classic had great pitching. Never before was an All-Star game scoreless after five innings, however, the 1987 game did not see a run until the 13th inning.
After 12 scoreless innings, National League catcher Ozzie Virgil began the 13th with a single off American League pitcher Jay Howell. Howell would get pitcher Lee Smith to strike out trying to bunt, however, shortstop Hubie Brooks followed with a single, moving Virgil up to 2nd base. Outfielder Willie McGee lined out for the second out of the inning, bringing up outfielder Tim Raines. Raines delivered in the clutch, with a two-run triple, giving the National League a 2-0 lead. Second baseman Juan Samuel lined out, ending the inning. In the bottom of the 13th, Sid Fernandez walked leadoff man Kevin Seitzer, but retired the next three batters in order to give the National League the victory. Due to the length of the game, Lee Smith, a Cubs pitcher at the time, needed to bat. He did not bring his Cubs helmet so he used a Montreal Expos helmet likely from either Tim Wallach or Hubie Brooks.
|WP: Lee Smith (1-0) LP: Jay Howell (0-1) Sv: Sid Fernandez (1)
Attendance: 49,671, Time of Game: 3:39
- Player declined or was unable to play.