1978 All-Star Game at Anaheim Stadium


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Dennis Eckersley started for the NL, and Jim Palmer, having a monster year after getting out of the NL jail he was in the previous three seasons, took the hill for the Americans.

The Nationals took the lead early, getting a run in each of the first two innings, both on Sacrifice Flies. The AL finally got on the board in the bottom of the 3rd off of big J.R. Richard, and had the bases loaded with one out….but the big man was able to get out of the inning almost unscathed. The game stayed relatively quiet until the 6th inning, when the NL started to put more runs up…the tide turned when Manager Byrens substituted one Hollywood Star for another, inserting Garry Maddox for Jose Cruz in CF. Maddox proceeded to break the game open, going 3 for 3, with 3 RBI’s and 2 runs scored on the game. After 71/2 it was 9-1 National League. The AL was able to nick Goose Gossage in the bottom of the 8th for 2 on a base hit by Rod Carew, but it was all over but the shouting fat lady for the junior circuit. The NL wins it 9-3.

The National League showed why great pitching will beat great hitting every time!! LOL

Ross Grimsley got the win, Jim Palmer took the loss.

Jim Rice and Fred Lynn played the whole game for the AL , with Steve Garvey and George Brett going the distance for the NL.

The Nationals got every player an AB or batter faced, and the AL only missed by one (Ron Reed was the insurance policy) .

MVP: Garry Maddox, Hollywood Stars

AL Manager: Jeff Smith, Durham Bulls

NL Manager: Rick Byrens, California Angels

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