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1989 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

1989 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
Date July 11, 1989
Venue Anaheim Stadium
City Anaheim, California
Managers National League - Tommy Lasorda (LA)
American League - Tony La Russa (OAK)
MVP Bo Jackson (KC)
Attendance 64,036
First pitch Jimmie Reese
Television NBC
TV announcers Vin Scully, Tom Seaver and Ronald Reagan (first inning only)
Radio CBS
Radio announcers Brent Musburger, Jerry Coleman and Johnny Bench
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The 1989 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 60th 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 11, 1989 at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, California, the home of the California Angels of the American League. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 5-3. The game is remembered for Bo Jackson's monstrous lead-off home run to center field. Jackson was named the game's MVP. The game also featured former U.S. President and former baseball announcer Ronald Reagan sharing the NBC broadcast booth with Vin Scully for the first inning.

The pregame ceremonies featured Disney characters joining this year's players in sprinting onto the field for the introduction of the starting lineups. Doc Severinsen later led The Tonight Show Band in the playing of the Canadian and U.S. national anthems. Severinsen and The Tonight Show Band's performance of the U.S. National Anthem was the last non-vocal performance of the Anthem at the All-Star Game to date. The ceremonial first pitch was thrown by longtime Angels coach Jimmie Reese.


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


Coaching staff

Description NL AL
Managers Tommy Lasorda Tony LaRussa
Coaches Jack McKeon Joe Morgan
Coaches Buck Rodgers Doug Rader
Honorary Captains Don Drysdale Carl Yastrzemski


Home Plate Jim Evans
First Base Bob Engel
Second Base Terry Cooney
Third Base Jerry Crawford
Left Field John Hirschbeck
Right Field Gerry Davis

Starting lineups

National League American League
Order Player Team Position Order Player Team Position
1 Ozzie Smith Cardinals SS 1 Bo Jackson Royals LF
2 Tony Gwynn Padres RF 2 Wade Boggs Red Sox 3B
3 Will Clark Giants 1B 3 Kirby Puckett Twins CF
4 Kevin Mitchell Giants LF 4 Harold Baines White Sox DH
5 Eric Davis Reds CF 5 Julio Franco Rangers 2B
6 Howard Johnson Mets 3B 6 Cal Ripken, Jr. Orioles SS
7 Pedro Guerrero Cardinals DH 7 Rubén Sierra Rangers RF
8 Ryne Sandberg Cubs 2B 8 Mark McGwire Athletics 1B
9 Benito Santiago Padres C 9 Terry Steinbach Athletics C
Rick Reuschel Giants P Dave Stewart Athletics P

Game summary

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National League 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 9 1
American League 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 - 5 12 0
WP: Nolan Ryan (1-0)   LP: John Smoltz (0-1)   Sv: Doug Jones (1)
Home runs:
NL: None
AL: Wade Boggs (1), Bo Jackson (1)

The NL got off to a fast start off Dave Stewart in the first on RBI singles by Kevin Mitchell and Howard Johnson. The AL would counter in spectacular fashion in their half when game MVP Bo Jackson took the first pitch by Rick Reuschel, a low sinker, and golfed it out in deep center. Wade Boggs followed with a solo homer of his own to tie it.

The AL took the lead the very next inning when Jackson beat out a double play grounder, scoring Rubén Sierra. Jackson then stole second, making him the only player (to date) to have a home run and a stolen base in the same All-Star game. The AL expanded their lead to 5-2 in the third on RBI singles by Harold Baines and Sierra. The NL would get no closer than a run in the eighth when Von Hayes singled home Glenn Davis.

Footnotes and references

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