1985 All Star Game
56th All-Star Game
The buzz surrounding the 56th All-Star game was dominated by the disparity between the leagues, specifically in home runs. The AL lineup collected a total of 118 in the first half of 1985, while the NL’s eight starting position players only had 69 home runs.
The question was not if the AL would knock some out of the “homer dome”, it was simply a matter of how many.
The senior circuit, however, had dominated the mid-summer classic. Since 1962, the NL had posted a 20-2 record. The junior circuit won roughly once a decade, first in 1971, and two years earlier in 1983.
The hosts were represented by the league minimum one player: Tom Brunansky (.265/.359/.508 19 HR). Also on the AL roster was former Twins pitcher, now with the Indians, Bert Blyleven, and St. Paul natives Paul Molitor (MIL) and Dave Winfield (NYY).
1. Tony Gwynn SD LF .302/.342/.419 4 HR
2. Tom Herr STL 2B .332/.397/.441 3 HR
3. Steve Garvey SD 1B .261/.284/.426 13 HR
4. Dale Murphy ATL CF .290/.383/.558 22 HR
5. Darryl Strawberry NYM RF .229/.356/.438 8 HR
6. Graig Nettles SD 3B .250/.392/.405 8 HR
7. Terry Kennedy SD C .286/.302/.397 7 HR
8. Ozzie Smith STL SS .283/.346/.383 4 HR
9. LaMarr Hoyt SD P 12-4 2.93 ERA
1. Rickey Henderson NYY CF .357/.441/.552 11 HR
2. Lou Whitaker DET 2B .309/.393/.495 15 HR
3. George Brett KC 3B .358/.456/.580 12 HR
4. Eddie Murray BAL 1B .274/.353/.465 13 HR
5. Cal Ripken BAL SS .282/.342/.472 15 HR
6. Dave Winfield NYY RF .297/.340/.461 12 HR
7. Jim Rice BOS LF .274/.326/.453 17 HR
8. Carlton Fisk CHW C .238/.320/.528 23 HR
9. Jack Morris DET P 10-6 3.04 ERA
National League Continues Domination, 6-1
by Michael Wilbon
Washington Post Staff Writer
MINNEAPOLIS, July 16-The American League arguably has superior players in seven out of eight positions. But the National League could have fielded a neighborhood softball team behing the brilliant pitching it got tonight, and the result might have been the same.
Five National League pitchers allowed only five hits and one run-an unearned one at that-to shut down the American League, 6-1, before 54,960 in the 56th All-Star Game in the Metrodome.
Scoring (from Retrosheet)
AMERICAN LEAGUE 1ST: Henderson singled to center; Whitaker made an out to right; Henderson stole second [Henderson to third (error by Kennedy)]; Brett lined out on a sacrifice fly to left [Henderson scored (unearned)]; Murray popped to shortstop; 1 R, 1 H, 1 E, 0 LOB. National League 0, American League 1.
NATIONAL LEAGUE 2ND: Murphy made an out to shortstop; Strawberry singled to left; Strawberry stole second; Nettles made an out to left; Kennedy singled to center [Strawberry scored]; Smith popped to third;over the shoulder catch; 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. National League 1, American League 1.
NATIONAL LEAGUE 3RD: Hoyt struck out; Cruz grounded out (first to pitcher); Herr doubled to left; Garvey singled to center [Herr scored]; Murphy doubled [Garvey to third]; Strawberry walked; KEY REPLACED MORRIS (PITCHING); Nettles popped to third in foul territory; 1 R, 3 H, 0 E, 3 LOB. National League 2, American League 1.
NATIONAL LEAGUE 5TH: Garvey grounded out (shortstop to first); Murphy struck out; Strawberry was hit by a pitch; hit on the leg; Wallach doubled [Strawberry to third]; Virgil singled to left [Strawberry scored, Wallach scored, Virgil out at second (pitcher to second)]; Rice's throw got past Fisk; 2 R, 2 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. National League 4, American League 1.
NATIONAL LEAGUE 9TH: MOLITOR CHANGED POSITIONS (PLAYING CF); BOGGS REPLACED MOORE (PLAYING 3B); PETRY REPLACED BRADLEY (PITCHING); Sandberg walked; RAINES BATTED FOR CRUZ; Raines walked [Sandberg to second]; Pena struck out; Clark walked [Sandberg to third, Raines to second]; HERNANDEZ REPLACED PETRY (PITCHING); McGee doubled [Sandberg scored, Raines scored, Clark to third]; Parker struck out; Wallach was walked intentionally; WILSON BATTED FOR REARDON; Wilson struck out; 2 R, 1 H, 0 E, 3 LOB. National League 6, American League 1.
1. Nolan Ryan NL 0.18
2. Ozzie Virgil NL 0.16
3. 3 Tied at 0.07 – Terry Kennedy NL, Steve Garvey NL, Jimmy Key NL
1. Jack Morris AL -0.13
2, Bert Blyleven AL -0.11
2. Craig Nettles AL -0.11
The 1985 All-Star game was the first and last held at the Metrodome. It is also the last one held in the Twin Cities. It has been a 29 year wait.
1985 also marked the end of the National League’s dominance. Since that game, the American League has put up a 20-7-1 record in the All-Star Game.
Bert Blyleven pitched two innings (4th and 5th) and gave up two runs. He would be back in the Metrodome less than a month later. On August 1, Blyleven was acquired by the Twins in a trade. He would go on to pitch three full season with the Twins, including the World Series year of 1987.
The Pioneer Press has a link to video of the entire game (including Vin Scully’s play-by-play) in an article by Kevin Cusick:
– The game featured more former Twins (Bert Blyleven, Graig Nettles, Gary Ward) than 1985 Twins (Tom Brunansky). As for future Twins, this game had a six-pack (Paul Molitor, Jack Morris, Dave Winfield, Tom Herr, Jeff Reardon and Blyleven).
– Pete Rose became the only player to appear in both Minnesota all-star games, going hitless as he did at the Met in 1965. It’s not known, though, whether he won big by betting on the National League.
– Vin Scully did play-by-play for NBC, nearly two decades after calling Sandy Koufax’s shutout of the Twins in Game 7 of the 1965 World Series at the Met. While the golden voice hadn’t changed, his golden “hair” certainly had.
Originally published in 2006. Just a few edits in 2014.