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MLB – 1986 All Star Game – WP Roger Clemens & LP Dwight Gooden – Part 1


The 1986 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 57th playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL)…as the two leagues comprised Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 15, 1986 at the Astrodome in Houston, Texas….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 had 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….who made his All-Star Game debut….as the game was held in his hometown of Houston….and with help from Ted Higuera, Charlie Hough, Dave Righetti and Don Aase….Clemens shut down the National League….in starting his record setting All-Star Game career….as Clemens pitched three perfect innings….having 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. On the other hand, 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]….1956 All-Star Game [American League]….and 1959 All-Star Game [National League].

In the second inning, Detroit Tigers second baseman Lou Whitaker followed a Dave Winfield double with a homer off Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden. By the fourth inning, Fernando Valenzuela had achieved five consecutive strikeouts. This 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. 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. White became the 14th player in the history of the All-Star Game to have a pinch-hit home run. 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. 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.  This was the last All-Star Game to be entirely played indoors until 2011….when it was played at Chase Field in Phoenix.

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….as broadcasters noticed he was messing up signals when he changed pitchers….and 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….so, this 1986 All Star games is worth watching just for its historic value.

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