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 23, 1974
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National League 7, American League 2
Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh
Voters obviously knew what they were doing for this All-Star Game, as Dodgers first baseman Steve Garvey made the starting lineup by a write-in vote.
The voters’ faith in Garvey was justified as he went two for four with a run scored and an RBI and was the game’s MVP.
National League manager Yogi Berra pulled a surprise, too, as he picked five pitchers who hadno All-Star Game experience: the Pirates’ Ken Brett, the Dodgers’ Andy Messersmith, the Mets’ Jon Matlack, the Cardinals’ Lynn McGlothlen and the Dodgers’ Mike Marshall. Brett, the brother of Royals legend George Brett, got the victory in his lone All-Star appearance.
The American League held a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning when Garvey doubled against Boston’s Luis Tiant and the Reds’ Johnny Bench scored to tie the game. The Dodgers’ Ron Cey followed with a groundout that scored Wynn.
The next inning, the Reds’ Joe Morgan hit a sacrifice fly that scored the Cardinals’ Lou Brock. In the seventh inning, the Cardinals’ Reggie Smith hit a solo homer against the A’s Catfish Hunter made it a 5-2 game.
In the eighth, the Cubs’ Don Kessinger hit a triple that scored the Phillies’ Mike Schmidt, who came in a wild pitch by Oakland’s Rollie Fingers. That finished the scoring.
Royals first baseman John Mayberry was on the team, and he grounded out as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning. Second baseman Cookie Rojas and pitcher Steve Busby were on the American League team, but they didn’t appear in the game. Manager Jack McKeon, then a spry 43-year-old, was a coach.
There was quite the Kansas City connection among the American League coaches. A’s manager Dick Williams, once played for the Kansas City Athletics, and the Angels’ Whitey Herzog would later go on to manage the Royals.
But the night belonged to the team in the other dugout.
Despite a write-in candidate in the starting lineup and some green pitchers, the National League prevailed. Berra told reporters after the game: "How did we win? We had the better team."