1996 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
The 1996 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 67th 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 9, 1996, at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, the home of the Philadelphia Phillies of the National League. This marked the fifteenth and final all star game appearance of Ozzie Smith, who retired after the 1996 season. Smith entered the game in the top of the sixth inning. His first at-bat was greeted by chants of "Oz-zie, Oz-zie" from the Philadelphia crowd. Iron Man Cal Ripken, Jr., who was in the midst of his record-breaking run of consecutive games played, broke his nose during the pre-game AL team picture. However, he was ready to go at game time and started at SS.
|Date||July 9, 1996|
|MVP||Mike Piazza (LA)|
|Ceremonial first pitch||Mike Schmidt, Richie Ashburn, Jim Bunning, Steve Carlton and Robin Roberts|
|Television||NBC (United States)|
MLB International (International)
|TV announcers||Bob Costas, Joe Morgan and Bob Uecker (NBC)|
Gary Thorne and Ken Singleton (MLB International)
|Radio announcers||John Rooney and Jim Hunter|
During the pregame ceremonies, Kelsey Grammer of Frasier sang the American National Anthem and Canadian singer Sarah McLachlan sang the Canadian National Anthem. U.S. Congressman Jim Bunning (who was elected to the baseball hall-of-fame in 1996) joined other Phillies' hall of fame alumni Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton, Richie Ashburn and Robin Roberts in tossing the ceremonial first pitches.
The game resulted in the National League defeating the American League 6–0. The National League would not win another All-Star Game until 2010.
Then-Chairman of the Executive Committee Bud Selig presented the All-Star Game MVP Award to Mike Piazza. Bobby Brown had presented the MVP Award in 1993, while National League President Len Coleman had presented the award in 1994 and 1995. After presenting the MVP Award at the 1998 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, Selig was officially named Commissioner of Baseball.
This is the only All-Star Game in which not a single pitcher walked a batter; appropriately, Braves closer Mark Wohlers was the final pitcher of the game.
Veterans Stadium also held the "distinction" of being the most recent host stadium to be closed down, a distinction it lost after Yankee Stadium closed at the conclusion of the 2008 season. This is also, as of the end of the 2019 MLB season, the last MLB All-Star Game to be played on artificial turf (there are now only two MLB stadiums with artificial turf, but both are of the next-generation variety).
Players in italics have since been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
|Home Plate||Randy Marsh (NL)|
|First Base||Larry McCoy (AL)|
|Second Base||Charlie Reliford (NL)|
|Third Base||Joe Brinkman (AL)|
|Left Field||Larry Poncino (NL)|
|Right Field||Chuck Meriwether (AL)|
|American League||National League|
|1||Kenny Lofton||Indians||CF||1||Lance Johnson||Mets||CF|
|2||Wade Boggs||Yankees||3B||2||Barry Larkin||Reds||SS|
|3||Roberto Alomar||Orioles||2B||3||Barry Bonds||Giants||LF|
|4||Albert Belle||Indians||LF||4||Fred McGriff||Braves||1B|
|5||Mo Vaughn||Red Sox||1B||5||Mike Piazza||Dodgers||C|
|6||Iván Rodríguez||Rangers||C||6||Dante Bichette||Rockies||RF|
|7||Cal Ripken, Jr.||Orioles||SS||7||Chipper Jones||Braves||3B|
|8||Brady Anderson||Orioles||RF||8||Craig Biggio||Astros||2B|
|9||Charles Nagy||Indians||P||9||John Smoltz||Braves||P|
|WP: John Smoltz (1–0) LP: Charles Nagy (0–1)|
NL: Ken Caminiti (1), Mike Piazza (1)
- Chass, Murray (July 10, 1996). "BASEBALL;National League Subs Top American League's Best". New York Times. p. B13.
- Carchidi, Sam (July 9, 1996). "Carter Likes Even the Boos at the Vet". Philadelphia Inquirer. p. D6.
- Bodley, Hal (July 10, 1996). "To Phillie fans, Carter still Public Enemy No. 1". USA Today. p. 3C.
Joe Carter...walked out onto the sizzling Veterans Stadium turf...held his head high...and heard the boos even before he was introduced. Hard-core Philly baseball fans...(will) never forgive Carter for the dramatic ninth-inning home run that won the 1993 World Series.
- Griffin, Richard (July 9, 1996). "This time, Phillies pitcher shuts down Carter". Toronto Star. p. C3.
As Carter took his first swing and the on-field introduction was made, the boos rained down.
- Player declined or was unable to play.