1996 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
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1996 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

1996 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
1996 Major League Baseball All-Star Game logo.svg
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
American League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
National League 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 x 6 12 1
DateJuly 9, 1996
VenueVeterans Stadium
CityPhiladelphia
Managers
MVPMike Piazza (LA)
Attendance62,670
Ceremonial first pitchMike Schmidt, Richie Ashburn, Jim Bunning, Steve Carlton and Robin Roberts
TelevisionNBC (United States)
MLB International (International)
TV announcersBob Costas, Joe Morgan and Bob Uecker (NBC)
Gary Thorne and Ken Singleton (MLB International)
RadioCBS
Radio announcersJohn Rooney and Jim Hunter

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 15th 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.[1] However, he was ready to go at game time and started at SS.

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.

Joe Carter, the Toronto Blue Jays representative to the All-Star Game, received boos from the crowd for his home run that ended the 1993 World Series.[2][3][4]

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 five MLB stadiums with artificial turf, but all are of the next-generation variety).

Rosters

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

Game

Umpires

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)

Starting lineups

Game summary

Tuesday, July 9, 1996 8:29pm (ET) at
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
American League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
National League 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 - 6 12 1
WP: John Smoltz (1-0)   LP: Charles Nagy (0-1)
Home runs:
AL: None
NL: Ken Caminiti (1), Mike Piazza (1)

References

  1. ^ Chass, Murray (July 10, 1996). "BASEBALL;National League Subs Top American League's Best". New York Times. p. B13.
  2. ^ Carchidi, Sam (July 9, 1996). "Carter Likes Even the Boos at the Vet". Philadelphia Inquirer. p. D6.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ a b c d Player declined or was unable to play.

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