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1999 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1999 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 70th 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 13, 1999, at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, the home of the Boston Red Sox of the American League.

1999 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National League 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 1
American League 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 X 4 6 2
DateJuly 13, 1999
VenueFenway Park
CityBoston, Massachusetts
Managers
MVPPedro Martínez (BOS)
Attendance34,187
Ceremonial first pitchTed Williams
TelevisionFox (United States)
MLB International (International)
TV announcersJoe Buck, Tim McCarver and Bob Brenly (Fox)
Gary Thorne and Ken Singleton (MLB International)
RadioESPN
Radio announcersCharley Steiner and Dave Campbell

Fenway Park was chosen as host because the owners at the time were planning to build a New Fenway Park in a few years but were unable to get the project off the ground in time for the game.[1] This All-Star Game is particularly notable as it featured the nominees for the All-Century Team as well as Ted Williams.[2]

In two innings, AL starting pitcher Pedro Martínez struck out the first four batters of the National League, becoming the first pitcher in history to begin the All-Star Game striking out the side. In all he struck out five of the six batters he faced, earning him Game MVP honors, becoming the second player in All-Star Game history to be named MVP as a member of the host team. The game resulted in a win for the American League by the final score of 4-1.

Contents

RostersEdit

Players in italics have since been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

GameEdit

UmpiresEdit

Home Plate Jim Evans (AL)
First Base Terry Tata (NL)
Second Base Dale Ford (AL)
Third Base Ángel Hernández (NL)
Left Field Mark Johnson (AL)
Right Field Larry Vanover (NL)

This was the last All-Star Game with umpires from separate leagues. In 2000, Major League Baseball unified the umpiring staffs under its control. Four umpires in this game (Evans, Tata, Ford and Johnson) lost their jobs less than two months later as part of the 1999 Major League Umpires Association mass resignation.

Starting lineupsEdit

National League American League
Order Player Team Position Order Player Team Position
1 Barry Larkin Reds SS 1 Kenny Lofton Indians LF
2 Larry Walker Rockies RF 2 Nomar Garciaparra Red Sox SS
3 Sammy Sosa Cubs CF 3 Ken Griffey, Jr. Mariners CF
4 Mark McGwire Cardinals 1B 4 Manny Ramírez Indians RF
5 Matt Williams Diamondbacks 3B 5 Jim Thome Indians 1B
6 Jeff Bagwell Astros DH 6 Cal Ripken, Jr. Orioles 3B
7 Mike Piazza Mets C 7 Rafael Palmeiro Rangers DH
8 Jeromy Burnitz Brewers LF 8 Iván Rodríguez Rangers C
9 Jay Bell Diamondbacks 2B 9 Roberto Alomar Indians 2B
Curt Schilling Phillies P Pedro Martínez Red Sox P

Game summaryEdit

Tuesday, July 13, 1999 8:30 pm (ET) at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National League 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 1
American League 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 X 4 6 2
WP: Pedro Martínez (1-0)   LP: Curt Schilling (0-1)   Sv: John Wetteland (1)

Home Run DerbyEdit

Fenway Park, Boston—N.L. 39, A.L. 23
Player Team Home Runs.
American League
Ken Griffey, Jr. Seattle 16
Nomar Garciaparra Boston 2
B.J. Surhoff Baltimore 2
Shawn Green Toronto 2
John Jaha Oakland 1
National League
Jeromy Burnitz Milwaukee 14
Mark McGwire St. Louis 16 *
Jeff Bagwell Houston 6
Larry Walker Colorado 2
Sammy Sosa Chicago 1
  • - eliminated in second round after hitting 13 HRs in the first round.[4]

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