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MLB – 1986 All Star Game – Astrodome – Al Michaels & Jim Palmer & Tim McCarver


The 1986 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 57th playing of the mid-summer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL)….as the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 15, 1986, at the Astrodome in Houston, Texas….which is the home of the Houston Astros of the National League. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 3-2…which ended a streak where the NL won 13 of the last 14 games….as Boston Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens was named the Most Valuable Player.

Wally Joyner was the first rookie to be elected to the starting team of an All-Star squad by the fans and the fifteenth rookie overall to actually start in a Midsummer Classic….but the evening belonged to Roger Clemens….as he made his All-Star Game debut and the game was held in his hometown of Houston….who with pitching help from Ted Higuera, Charlie Hough, Dave Righetti and Don Aase….Clemens shut down the National League and started his record setting All-Star Game career….as Clemens pitched three perfect innings….had no hits allowed and no walks allowed….which included only three balls and twenty-one strikes against the formidable National League lineup earning him the All-Star Most Valuable Player Award.  Due to the fact that the National League pitching staff stuck out twelve batters….a total equaled only three times before in All-Star History….1934 All-Star Game [National League]….the 1956 All-Star Game [American League]….and 1959 All-Star Game [National League]….so this game turned out to be outshined by the pitchers on both squads.

In the second inning, the AL took the lead as Tigers second baseman Lou Whitaker followed a Dave Winfield double with a homer off Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden….and by the fourth inning, Fernando Valenzuela had achieved five consecutive strikeouts….which tied him with the All Star record set during the 1934 All-Star Game by Carl Hubbell….as Valenzuela struck out Don Mattingly, Cal Ripken, Jr., Jesse Barfield, Lou Whitaker and fellow Mexican Teddy Higuera….then in the seventh inning, Frank White pinch-hit for Lou Whitaker and hit an 0-2 pitch from Astros pitcher Mike Scott over the wall….as White became the 14th player in the history of the All-Star Game to have a pinch-hit home run….whereby the last player to do so was Lee Mazzilli at the 1979 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

The National League made it interesting in the bottom of the eighth by roughing up Rangers pitcher Charlie Hough for two runs….and in the ninth, the National League had runners at first and third with one out when Don Aase got Chris Brown to hit a check-swing grounder for a double play.

The 1986 All-Star Game turned out to be the final game that Dick Howser….then managing the defending American League and World Champions, the Kansas City Royals would ever manage….for TV broadcasters noticed he was messing up signals when he changed pitchers….as Howser later admitted he felt sick before the game. Shortly thereafter, Howser was diagnosed with a brain tumor and underwent surgery. On June 17, 1987, Dick Howser died at the age of 51.

Any way you cut the pie….this was a game that is well worth watching again….cuz you get to watch 14 MLB Hall of Fame Members take the field in the 1986 All Star Game.

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