The Ruth All-stars smacked down the Cobb All-stars 6-1 in the 1968 Hardcore League All-star game.
Ron Santo of Antioch, whose sixth inning grand-slam home run off Gas House's Luis Tiant broke open a scoreless tie, was named MVP of the game.
Tony Horton of Tarpon Springs provided the only run for Cobb with a home run in the seventh off Carolina's Don Drysdale. Drysdale was nonetheless the winning pitcher for Ruth, with Tiant taking the loss.
Glenn Beckert of Lake Merritt collected three hits for Ruth to lead both teams; San Francisco's Billy Williams and Boston's Norm Cash had two hits each for Cobb.
For the pitchers, Bob Gibson of Boston and Stan Bahnsen of Cincinnati both pitched three scoreless innings to start the game, Dean Chance of the Reds added two more and Earl Wilson of Gas House struck out the side -- Santo, and Rick Monday and Duke Sims of Louisville -- in his only inning of work.
Defense keyed both sides; Willie Mays of Delaware made a spectacular catch on a line drive by Fort Mill's Ken Boswell, and each side turned two double plays.
Louisville's Rick Monday and Cincinnati's Leo Cardenas went all the way for Ruth, and Cash, Mays and Tommy Helms of San Francisco went all the way for Cobb.
Most of the 50 players named to the two squads got into the game; the only position player on either team who didn't was Julian Javier of Gas House.
The American League captures the All-star game 9-5 at the Oakland Coliseum, banging out 15 hits in the process.
The NL's Joe Morgan of Lake Isabella is named MVP of the game in a losing cause; Morgan led off the game with a home run, went all the way, scored twice and
drove in two. (The AL's nine runs were scored by nine different players and driven in by eight.)
Phil Niekro of Tarpon Springs, who pitched a scoreless fourth, is the winning pitcher for the AL. Jim Palmer of San Francisco was the losing pitcher. Palmer
combined with Jim Bibby of Temecula for a disasterous six-run fourth highlighted by a huge Rod Carew (Tarpon Springs) triple.
Jeff Burroughs of the Boston Red Sox made his new owner proud by starting
the scoring with a solo HR off of Temecula's Big Lefty Jim Kaat in the second
inning, and things were quiet as a Kitty Kaat until the 6th when Tarpon's
OF-Gun Enthusiast Cesar Cedeno clubbed a three-run shot off of Blyleven of
the Huntley Thunder, and Blyleven hit the showers before a catching the redeye
to Amsterdam for a weekend of wholesome Dutch fun. Brian, he also expressed
an interest in pitching for Eastwick as soon as possible.
The Nationals finally broke through in the bottom of the sixth -- Oscar Gamble put down his afro-pic (a gift from new teamate Bake McBride) grabbed a bat
and singled sent in San Fran Crip Darrell Evans and Oscar's Eastwick teamate
John Milner to close the gap to 4-2. In the 7th, the well-traveled Richie
Hebner who currently lives in a tent in the Cooloola National Park added an
Congrats to the AL.
The MVP Trophy was awarded to Tom Seaver of Lake Merritt for striking out
4 and giving up just 2 hits in 3 innings.
Mr. Seaver was awarded a brand new pair of socks courtesy of Nantasket's Best
Known Sock Store: The Sock Barn, a lifetime pass to Cooloola National Park,
a coupon for buy-one-get- one-free at the Battery Outlet in downtown Scranton,
and any pending fines for overdue books at the Camden City Public Library
have been forgiven. Way to go Tom! (Jeff, he did mention that he would like
to pitch for Easwick, we'll talk later).
The Nationals did get all 28 all-stars into the game, although Eastwick pitcher
Al Fitzmorris appeared as a pinchrunner. Tom Murphy, also of Eastwick was
proud to have turned his career around. He has gone from 25-game loser in
1971 to All-Star reliever, and has expressed a desire to pitch someplace other
than Eastwick NEXT season.
The American League wins it's third straight game, beating the National league 6-1 behind Tom Seaver of Lake Merritt, who was named MVP for the second time in a row. Seaver went three shutout innings, and his total for the last three years in the All-Star Game against the best hitters in the NL are 9 innings, 5 hits, 1 run, 10 strikeouts.
The big problem for the NL was pitching at the start of the game: Dave Goltz of Delaware, Rick Waits of Huntley and Al Fitzmorris of Eastwick had the NL in a 4-0 deficit in the fourth-inning. Goltz, in particular -- two hits, two walks, two wild pitches --- seemed a bit nervous on the big stage. Meanwhile, the AL pitching staff was on it's way to a five-hitter.
The AL had home runs from two Diamond Kings: Bob Watson and Ted Simmons. Simmons victimized Waits and Watson got Steve Rogers of Northwest.
The NL got it's only run courtesy of a seventh-inning blast by Eastwick's Gary Carter off Andy Messersmith of Crimson Tide. John Mayberry of Lake Merritt was the only player to collect two hits in the game.
The only one of the 56 selectees who didn't make an appearance in the game was Ed Halicki of Cooloola National Park.
Rod Carew of Lake Isabella, Fred Lynn of Northwest and Reggie Jackson of Lake Merritt were the only players to go all the way.
The honorary captains, General Curtis LeMay for the Americans and the Tennessee Williams for the NL, exchange lineup cards and after Donna Summer belts out a disco version of the National Anthem and when Telly Savalas tosses out the first pitch and we are underway . . .
San Francisco's Jim Palmer take the mound and sets down the first 3 hitter, Morgan, Garvey and Rice without breaking a sweat. The AL counters with last year's All-Star MVP, Lake Merritt's Tom Seaver. Cesar Cedeno of the Lake Isabella Osprey digs in and Clobbers a Seaver non-curve ball well into the leftfield seats for a 1-0 NL lead and for the first time I can remember, the NL is showing life in the mid-summer classic.
By the time Cedeno's HR ball lands, Palmer has fired his second shutout inning and the NL is back at the plate for another shot at Seaver. After Olmstead Rookie Jason Thompson leads off with a single, Tom is closer to his Terrific self and retires the next three hitters. The NL sends Palmer back out for the 3rd inning, but when Ken Singleton of Rochester is announced as a pinch hitter, Palmer's new Crip teamate Randy Jones takes the ball and Palmer heads off for his part-time job modeling underwear while Jones retires the side. The NL pitchers just keep turning away the AL hitters, inning after inning. Eastwick's Phil Niekro gets a 1-2-3 inning in the 4th, and Brooklyn's Bird Fidrych fires a shutout inning in the 5th.
With the score still 1-0, the NL rallies for an additional one when Ray Fosse of Brooklyn draws a walk off Rocklin's Tom Burgmeier and after the hometome seconbaseman Phil Garner doubles him to third, Madrid's young OF Ken Griffey shows off the bat control that has him leading the NL with a .357 average with a deep sacrifice fly to center. Deep enough to even score Fosse. Nice work Ken! Too bad your son Ken, Jr., was taking a nap in the clubhouse and missed it.
With the NL holding a slim 2-0 lead, they turn the ball over to another SF Crip, righthander Reggie Cleveland. With a man on base, Cleveland fans the AL's top Reggie, Lake Merritt's Jackson. Not a big night for the Loons, I guess. Honk . . . (sigh) . . . honk.
With lefties Manning and Milner due up for the NL in the 6th, George McDonald of Tarpon sticks with the lefty Burgmeier. Manning is retired, but Temecula's Bud Harrelson slaps a single to right and John Milner hammers a 2-run shot into the rightfield seats. Hendrick draws a walk and McDonald mercifully ends Burgmeier's night, replacing him with Big Denny Leonard of CTG. Ray Fosse singles Hendrick to 3rd, and Yankee Clipper's veteran Felix Milan lifts a sac fly to stretch the NL lead to 5-0.
Yet another SF Crip pitcher, reliever Mark Littel enters the game and finally the AL breaks through when Craig Nettles homers and Rod Carew also adds an RBI single to score Nettles' CTG teammate, Mark Belanger to close it to 5-2. John Candelaria takes over and Milner delivers an RBI single for the NL's final run, and a 6-2 NL lead. Eastwick's Bob Apodaca, Temecula's Tall Articulate Right-hander Lonborg and Northwest's Tekulve combine for the final 2 innings of shutout work.
So there it is, the Nationals wrestle it away from Americans. General LeMay is not happy, but Mudville's Colonel Hart should be able to smooth things over by awarding him some sort of medal. "Here General," adds CNP Peter "Skink" Norvaisis, "have some more wax for your hair." While the NL braintrust of Rolf Eastwick, and his Cobb Division coaches Olsen, Polis and Ross and Renaud join Captain Tennessee Williams for a drink before Williams slips off with Lake Merritt's Glenn Burke. Have a good night guys.
The MVP is awarded to Eastwick's John Milner, for his 2 for 3, 3 RBI performance.
People around the league put Milner down, say he's bad for the game. But in Eastwick, we think that if you insist on players who "play a position in the field" "don't wear earrings" and "aren't addicted to coke" you are just being too picky.
1977 American League 6
National League 0 Box Score
Write up by Rolf Costigan:
A long build up for a game that turned out to be very little fun for the NL.
AL wins 6-0. NL gets TWO HITS! Yes, Two! Both came from Madrid: Ken Griffey managed a double, and Garry Templeton, a single. Graig Nettles of CTG wins the MVP, going 2 for 4 with a homer and 2 rbis.
NL Starter Mike Flanagan of Eastwick was hit hard, giving up 4 runs, all earned in 2 innings.
1978 American League 3
National League 2 Box Score
Write up by Rolf Costigan:
After last season’s debacle at the All-star game, which saw the NL get only 2 hits, the Senior Circuit was eager to prove itself able to compete with its more muscular younger brother this year in Sacramento-Arlington Stadium – the home of the first-place Diamond Kings.
The AL sends Rochester’s flame-thrower JR Richard to the mound and the NL goes with Eastwick’s Ross Grimsley. Things have come full circle for Grimsely in Eastwick: he arrived in 1974 and served as staff ace winning 20 games. Since then he has served a longman in the bullpen, then a lefty specialist, then a #5 starter and now has returned to the top of the rotation, having won 14 games so far in 1978.
JR Richard was drafted by Rochester in 1971 and has spent his entire career with the Home-Brews, winning 62 games for the defending AL Champions. Presently in 1978, he is 11-8 with a 2.66 ERA.
Carl Yastrzemski of the San Francisco Crips is the NL leadoff hitter. Yaz in one of the last remaining founding members of the league; his tenure dates back to 1962 when he hit .277 with 13 homers for the Maddog’s Mighty Men. A scan of the league reveals that just three others date back to 1962: Crimson Tide’s All-Star Gaylord Perry debuted in 1962, Willie Stargell is still going strong for Mudville, (approaching 400 career homers) and Wilbur Wood has won 4 games for Chattanooga.
In the bottom of the first inning, the AL grabs a 1-0 lead when Trenton’s Jack Clark singles in Davey Lopes of CNP. Clark has been on fire all season and is currently on the top of the MVP vote with a .333 batting average and 85 RBI’s.
The NL takes the lead in top of the third inning. George Hendrick of SF gets things started with a pinch-single off Mudville’s lefty Larry Gura, and Mike Schmidt of Eastwick follows by tagging Gura for a two-run bomb into left-field seats. Schmidt’s average is down (.218), but he still has nice power with 18 homers, brining his career total to 176.
The NL threatens again in the fourth inning when Dave Winfield of Temecula and Dave Parker of Eastwick start the inning with back-to-back singles off Gaylord Perry, but Perry loads one up and comes back to fan Gary Carter and Ivan DeJesus and then gets Doug Flynn on a popup and the NL comes away empty handed.
It looks like the night belongs to the NL pitching staff as the AL gets just two walks and no hits off of Fergie Jenkins, Jon Matlack, Phil Niekro, Tommy John, Mike Caldwell and Jim Palmer. But the NL isn’t able to stretch their 2-1 lead and when Bruce Sutter of Brooklyn is called in to save it, the NL is done in largely by its goal of getting all 28 men into the game.
“You realize this game is going 13 innings, right?” Steve Hart shouts at the NL manager Costigan-Eastwick, when Sutter enters as the last man out of the bullpen, and Rolf suppresses the urge to make the “yap-yap-yap” hand gesture back in the direction of the Mudville skipper.
But Hart proves prophetic, at least nearly so: Sutter surrenders a lead-off single to Tarpon’s Larry Bowa and few batters later, a Sutter split finger fastball sinks too far, and when it gets past Northwest catcher Joe Ferguson, Bowa scampers home with the tying run. But it’s Sutter’s game to win or lose.
Gene Garber of Nantasket, Bob Owchinko of Chattanooga and Mudville’s Terry Forster all do their jobs and send the NL away without a go-ahead run. The NL has no choice but to stick with Sutter, who survives until the 12th inning when Al Oliver of Trenton ends it with a blast into rightfield for a game-winning homer.
So it’s handshakes and highfives in the AL dugout and Costigan shrugs his shoulders, consoled only by the fact the game is an exhibition. As always, if you've read this far, you're an All-Star too.
In the end:
American 3, National 2
WP: Forester (Mudville)
LP: Sutter (Brooklyn)
HR: Schmidt (Eastwick), Oliver (Trenton)
MVP: Larry Bowa (Tarpon Springs) Two Hits, Stolen Base, Scored tying run in the 9th inning.
1979 National League 7
American League 4 Box Score
Write up by Rolf Costigan:
Exciting young players, along with some names recently listed on the transaction reports, joined the usual stars and future Hardcore Hall of Famers at the 1979 All Star Game.
Up and coming All Stars included Brooklyn’s Paul Molitor and San Francisco’s Greg Minton, Willie Wilson of the Reno Aces, Jack Morris of the reborn Camden Killers, Gorman Thomas of AL leaders Nantaket Paragons, and Joe Sambito from Rochester lead the list of the league’s future stars.
As always there were some unheralded names that, at the start of the season, fans wouldn’t have guessed would be listed on the rosters for the annual exhibition of the best of the best. Dan Meyer from Iowa, Tom Underwood, Don Hood, Tim Stoddard, Bruce Bochte and Dan Ford have all put together seasons strong enough to shove the likes of Bench, Yastrzemski and Seaver off the rosters, so congratulations to their owners for spotting these diamonds in the rough and acquiring them in time for their teams to benefit.
Fans might have had to do a double take to recognize three All Stars in their new uniforms as they have just recently moved from one team to another. Dave Parker is suddenly an American Leaguer, trading in his Eastwick red and gray uniform for the green of Colonel Hart’s Mudville Nine. Will the free-spirited Parker work out for the disciplined Colonel? Time will tell.
Another high-profile team refuses to accept missing the playoffs without making a push. San Francisco brought in Joe Ferguson and Willie Stargell from Iowa in order to bring some muscle to the Crip’s formally slim lineup, and both have spots on the National League roster.
Once the introductions were made, there was an actual game to be played, with the managers from the league leading Eastwick Mission-Reds and Nantasket Paragons (two teams once so weak that prior to the 1971 season it was suggested they be merged into one club that might be able to compete).
Starting pitcher Phil Niekro led the Nations out onto the field. First up were Davey Lopes, Lee Mazzilli and Gary Matthews and Niekro was able to work a quick inning.
Rochester’s JR Richard responded by fanning Don Baylor and Molitor, and getting Dave Winfield on a bouncer to short to start his night of work. Both Niekro and Richard showed why they are their league’s top pitchers: both threw two innings of shut out work. Not to be outdone, Phil’s brother Joe Niekro relieved his big brother and also held the AL in place.
Manager Turco sent in his next his big gun from Nantasket, Nolan Ryan, in for Richard and NL got to work: Robin Yount worked a walk, and with the picher’s spot up, Pete Rose of Lake Isabella was sent up to pinch hit. The hit king got ahold of the Ryan Express and road it into the centerfield bleachers, making the score Knuckleballers (Neikro Brothers) 2, Flamethrowers, (Richard and Ryan) 0. So, mark down a point for fans who say technique tops pure power.
Craig Swan and Jack Morris were next out the pen for the NL, and both were sharp and turned in shutout innings. The American League countered with two All-Time greats: Steve Carlton and Gaylord Perry. Lefty was as good as ever, fanning two in 1 and 2/3 scoreless innings, and Perry got the final out of the fifth inning for a short night’s work, coming in retire Temecula’s Dave Kingman.
There was action in the sixth inning – Ron Cey clobbered a Tom Underwood curveball into the leftfield seats to make the score 2 to 1. The Temecula lefthander couldn’t really get it together after that: Darrell Porter walked, Steve Garvey singled and Dave Concepcion also walked. Minton was called in, and Turco sent in Parker to hit for Dan Ford. The crowd at Eastwick Stadium got to their feet in appreciation for their former star, traded out of the seemingly out of the blue a few weeks ago. Parker responded with a long double to score Porter and Garvey (Concepcion was cut down at the plate to end the inning).
With the Americans now in the lead 3 to 2, Burt Hooton took the mound. The NL bounced right back into the lead: George Brett’s sac fly scored his Scranton teammate Yount, and minutes later Molitor singled in Garry Maddox making it NL 4, AL 3.
After Eastwick’s Mike Flanagan shutout inning, the NL went back to work. Sixto Lezcano showed Don Hood that All Star games can be tough, and his RBI double made it 5 to 3. Dennis Leonard of CTG followed and Ferguson greeted him with his own double to score Bill Madlock and Lezcano.
The NL now led 7 to 3, and turned things over to Jim Kern for the 8th inning. Kern surrendered one hit, a single to Wilson, but ended the inning by picking Wilson off first base.
Trailing by four runs Joe Sambito held the line, retiring three hitters on just nine pitches, and Brooklyn’s Ace Bruce Sutter came in to nail down the game, ending it ground ball to Frank White off the bat of Parker.
National 7, American 4
WP- Greg Minton
LP- Burt Hooton
HR- Pete Rose, Ron Cey