The 83rd All-Star Game is at Kauffman Stadium on July 10. Leading up to that game, The Star is looking back at a Midsummer Classic game every day.July 6, 1983 American League 13, National League 3 Comiskey Park in Chicago
Hard to believe, but there was a time when the National League absolutely dominated the All-Star Game.
The American League’s blowout win in 1983 in the 50th anniversary of the Midsummer Classic was an anomaly. It was the first AL victory since 1971 and only the second since 1963.
The Angels’ Fred Lynn had the biggest blow of the game -- a grand slam against the Giants’ Atlee Hammaker in a seven-run third inning. It remains the only grand slam in the All-Star Game history.
Going into the third inning, the American League led 2-1-- thanks in part to George Brett’s second-inning sacrifice fly. Hammaker came on in relief of the Reds’ Mario Soto to start the frame and the wheels came off in a hurry.
Boston’s Jim Rice hit a home run and Brett followed with a triple. After the Brewers’ Ted Simmons popped out, the Yankees’ Dave Winfield singled home Brett and it was a 4-1 game. Cleveland’s Manny Trillo singled, and after an out, the Twins’ Rod Carew singled to score Winfield.
The Brewers’ Robin Yount walked to load the bases and Lynn followed with his grand slam.
Houston’s Bill Dawley came on in relief of Hammaker, who ended the game with a nifty 94.50 ERA.
Willie Wilson doubled home a run in the seventh inning for the American League. Brett, who also fouled out and struck out in the game, doubled and scored in the eighth. Dan Quisenberry pitched a scoreless ninth, but alas it was not a save situation.
Toronto’s Dave Steib, who allowed no hits, but one unearned run, was the winner. Soto, who gave up two unearned runs, was the loser. The American League’s 13 runs set an All-Star Game record, and the margin of victory was the AL’s largest since winning 12-0 in 1946.