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Date July 14, 1970[1][2]
Venue Riverfront Stadium[1][2]
City Cincinnati, Ohio
Managers American League - Earl Weaver[3] (BAL)
National League - Gil Hodges[3] (NY)
MVP Carl Yastrzemski[1][2] (BOS)
Attendance 51,838[1][2]
First pitch President Richard Nixon[2]
Television NBC
TV announcers Curt Gowdy, Tony Kubek and Mickey Mantle
Radio NBC
Radio announcers Jim Simpson and Sandy Koufax
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The 1970 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 41st midseason exhibition between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and the National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was played on July 14, 1970 at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, home of the Cincinnati Reds of the National League.[1][2] The game resulted in a 5-4 victory for the NL.[1][2]

Riverfront Stadium had barely been open two weeks when it hosted its first All-Star Game. The game had been hosted by the Cincinnati Reds twice before (1938 and 1953) when their home park had been Crosley Field. The Reds would host one more All-Star Game at Riverfront Stadium in 1988. So close was the opening of the stadium and the scheduled exhibition game, that Major League Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn did not confirm that the game would "definitely" be played in Cincinnati until June 1. Atlanta had been the alternative site.[4]

Undeniably, the most remembered moment of the game was the final run, scored in the bottom of the twelfth by Pete Rose. The ball had been relayed to the American League catcher, Ray Fosse, in time to tag Rose out, but the tenacious Rose bowled Fosse over. Both players were injured, Fosse enough to drop the ball, giving Rose credit for the game-winning run.[1][2]

Fan balloting returns

For the first time since 1957, Major League Baseball restored the selection of the eight position players on each All-Star team to the fans. Fan balloting had been revoked after ballot-stuffing campaigns over a number of years. To avoid a repeat of the problem, the 26 million ballots were evenly distributed to 75,000 retail outlets, and 150 minor and major league stadiums. Major League Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn also announced a special panel would be in place to review voting to determine if ballot stuffing had occurred.[5]

American League roster

The American League roster included 8 future Hall of Fame players.[2][6]

Elected Starters

Position Player Team Notes
C Bill Freehan Detroit Tigers
1B Boog Powell Baltimore Orioles
2B Rod Carew Minnesota Twins injured
3B Harmon Killebrew Minnesota Twins
SS Luis Aparicio Chicago White Sox
OF Frank Howard Washington Senators
OF Frank Robinson Baltimore Orioles
OF Carl Yastrzemski Boston Red Sox


Throws Pitcher Team Notes
LH Mike Cuellar Baltimore Orioles did not pitch
RH Catfish Hunter Oakland Athletics
LH Sam McDowell Cleveland Indians
LH Dave McNally Baltimore Orioles
RH Jim Palmer Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher
RH Jim Perry Minnesota Twins
LH Fritz Peterson New York Yankees
RH Mel Stottlemyre New York Yankees
LH Clyde Wright California Angels

Reserve position players

Position Player Team Notes
C Ray Fosse Cleveland Indians
C Jerry Moses Boston Red Sox did not play
2B Sandy Alomar California Angels
2B Davey Johnson Baltimore Orioles started for Carew
3B Tommy Harper Milwaukee Brewers
3B Brooks Robinson Baltimore Orioles
SS Jim Fregosi California Angels
OF Willie Horton Detroit Tigers
OF Alex Johnson California Angels
OF Tony Oliva Minnesota Twins
OF Amos Otis Kansas City Royals
OF Roy White New York Yankees did not play

Coaching staff

Position Manager Team
Manager Earl Weaver Baltimore Orioles
Coach Ralph Houk New York Yankees
Coach Lefty Phillips California Angels

National League roster

The National League roster included 13 future Hall of Fame players and coaches as well as all-time hits leader Pete Rose.[2][6]

Elected starters

Position Player Team Notes
C Johnny Bench Cincinnati Reds
1B Dick Allen St. Louis Cardinals
2B Glenn Beckert Chicago Cubs
3B Tony Pérez Cincinnati Reds
SS Don Kessinger Chicago Cubs
OF Hank Aaron Atlanta Braves
OF Rico Carty Atlanta Braves
OF Willie Mays San Francisco Giants


Throws Pitcher Team Notes
RH Bob Gibson St. Louis Cardinals
LH Joe Hoerner Philadelphia Phillies did not pitch
LH Jim Merritt Cincinnati Reds
LH Claude Osteen Los Angeles Dodgers
RH Gaylord Perry San Francisco Giants
RH Tom Seaver New York Mets starting pitcher
RH Wayne Simpson Cincinnati Reds did not pitch
RH Hoyt Wilhelm Atlanta Braves did not pitch

Reserve position players

Position Player Team Notes
C Dick Dietz San Francisco Giants
C Joe Torre St. Louis Cardinals
1B Jim Hickman Chicago Cubs
1B Willie McCovey San Francisco Giants
2B Denis Menke Houston Astros
2B Félix Millán Atlanta Braves injured
2B Joe Morgan Houston Astros
3B Billy Grabarkewitz Los Angeles Dodgers
SS Bud Harrelson New York Mets
OF Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates
OF Cito Gaston San Diego Padres
OF Pete Rose Cincinnati Reds
OF Rusty Staub Montréal Expos

Coaching staff

Position Manager Team
Manager Gil Hodges New York Mets
Coach Leo Durocher Chicago Cubs
Coach Lum Harris Atlanta Braves

Starting lineups

While the starters were elected by the fans, the batting orders and starting pitchers were selected by the managers.[2]

American League National League
Order Player Team Position Order Player Team Position
1 Luis Aparicio Chicago White Sox SS 1 Willie Mays San Francisco Giants CF
2 Carl Yastrzemski Boston Red Sox CF 2 Dick Allen St. Louis Cardinals 1B
3 Frank Robinson Baltimore Orioles RF 3 Hank Aaron Atlanta Braves RF
4 Boog Powell Baltimore Orioles 1B 4 Tony Pérez Cincinnati Reds 3B
5 Harmon Killebrew Minnesota Twins 3B 5 Rico Carty Atlanta Braves LF
6 Frank Howard Washington Senators LF 6 Johnny Bench Cincinnati Reds C
7 Davey Johnson Baltimore Orioles 2B 7 Don Kessinger Chicago Cubs SS
8 Bill Freehan Detroit Tigers C 8 Glenn Beckert Chicago Cubs 2B
9 Jim Palmer Baltimore Orioles P 9 Tom Seaver New York Mets P


Position Umpire[7]
Home Plate Al Barlick
First Base John Rice
Second Base Frank Secory
Third Base Bill Haller
Left Field Frank Dezelan
Right Field Russ Goetz

Scoring summary

Scoring opened in the top of the sixth inning for the AL, with Gaylord Perry pitching in relief for the NL. Ray Fosse singled, and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Sam McDowell. Two batters later, with one out, Carl Yastrzemski singled home Fosse to give the AL a 1-0 lead.[8]

The American League added another run in the top of the seventh inning. With one out, Brooks Robinson singled. Tony Oliva walked, with Robinson advancing to second base. Davey Johnson singled to load the bases. Ray Fosse then hit a sacrifice fly, allowing Robinson to score, pushing the AL advantage to 2-0.[8]

The NL answered in the bottom of the seventh inning. Jim Perry had entered to pitch in relief for the AL, and gave up a single to Bud Harrelson to start the inning. Cito Gaston walked, sending Harrelson to second base. Jim Perry then hit Denis Menke with a pitch to load the bases. Willie McCovey, pinch hitting for Gaylord Perry, grounded into a double play, permitting Harrelson to score and cutting the AL lead to 2-1.[8]

The AL increased their lead in the top of the eighth inning. With one out, Carl Yastrzemski and Willie Horton hit back-to-back singles, putting runners at first and second bases. Amos Otis flew out, permitting Yastrzemski to tag up and move to third. Brooks Robinson tripled, scoring Yastrzemski and Horton. The AL now led 4-1.[8]

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Catfish Hunter entered to pitch in relief for the AL, and promptly gave up a home run to Dick Dietz. Bud Harrelson singled. One batter later, with one out, Joe Morgan singled, sending Harrelson to second base. Fritz Peterson entered to relieve Hunter. The first batter he faced, Willie McCovey, singled, scoring Harrelson, and moving Morgan to third base. Mel Stottlemyre was sent in to relieve Peterson, as Roberto Clemente was sent to pinch hit for the pitcher, Bob Gibson. Clemente hit a sacrifice fly, permitting Morgan to score. The inning ended with Pete Rose striking out. The 4-4 score sent the game to extra innings.[8]

In the bottom of the twelfth, NL batters were facing Clyde Wright, in his second inning of relief pitching for the AL. With two outs, Pete Rose and Billy Grabarkewitz hit back-to-back singles to put runners on first and second bases. Jim Hickman singled to Amos Otis in center field. Otis fired the ball to catcher Ray Fosse as Pete Rose ran past third base, heading to home. Otis' throw was on target on the third base side of home plate, and arrived as Rose reached Fosse. Rose bowled over Fosse, forcing him to drop the ball. Rose scored to end the game.[8]

Game notes and records

NBC's telecast of the game earned a national Nielsen rating of 28.5, the highest ever for an All-Star Game.[9]

Claude Osteen was credited with the win. Clyde Wright was charged with the loss. Mel Stottlemyre, who permitted the tying run to score in the bottom of the ninth, was charged with a blown save.[7]

Rico Carty became the first player in history to be elected to the All-Star team by the fans as a write-in candidate.[10][11]

23 year old Ray Fosse suffered a fractured and separated left shoulder when Pete Rose collided with him on the last play of the game. The damage was not immediately noticed in X-rays taken that evening. While he continued playing for about a month, by his own admission, he never regained his swing and never returned to the level of play that he played at before the injury. In a 1999 San Francisco Chronicle interview, he demonstrated that he still could not lift his left arm, and suffers from arthritis as a result of the injury.[12][13]

This was the NL's eighth consecutive win. The AL would end the streak next year.[14]

Carl Yastrzemski tied the All-Star Game record for hits in a game (4), and singles in a game (3).[15]

Carl Yastrzemski became the second and (as of 2014) last player to win the MVP award while playing for the losing team.[16]

Prior to this year, the award given to the MVP of the game had been called the Arch Ward Memorial Award. Starting this year, the award would be called the Commissioner's Trophy. It would be restored to its original name in 1982 before being renamed for Ted Williams in 2002.[17]

Earl Weaver, the losing manager in this game, would have far more success on his second visit to Riverfront Stadium. His Baltimore Orioles won games 1 and 2 of the World Series in Cincinnati, the first two World Series games contested on artificial turf. The Orioles went on to win the series in five games, closing it out at home without the series returning to Riverfront.


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