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All-Star Results - 1997

Game 68
July 8, 1997

 Jacobs Field, Cleveland Game Final 
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 National 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0   1 3 0
 American 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 X   3 7 0
MVP: Sandy Alomar, CLE (AL)
Home Runs: Lopez (NL), E. Martinez, S. Alomar Jr. (AL
Attendance: 44,916

Game Recap

Playing in front of the hometown crowd, Sandy Alomar led the American League to a 3-1 victory by hitting a two-run homer in the seventh inning. The AL victory ended a three-game losing streak.

Coming in his only at-bat, the two-out line drive came against San Francisco's Shawn Estes and earned Alomar the MVP award. Alomar earned the distinction of being the first player to win the MVP award in his home ballpark.

In the first year in which fans elected a starting designated hitter, Edgar Martinez of the Seattle Mariners started the scoring with a second inning solo blast.

The sellout crowd was treated to a highlight for the ages when Colorado Rockies representative, Larry Walker, stepped in to face intimidating lefty, Randy Johnson. Walker, who led the majors with a .398 average, backed out of an Interleague Game against Johnson earlier in the season, but there was no hiding this time.

In a scene reminiscent of his 1993 performance against John Kruk, Johnson threw the first pitch over Walker's head. In response, Walker laughed, turned his helmet backward moved to the right side of the plate, and took ball two. Walker eventually drew a walk from the Seattle fireballer.

Kansas City's Jose Rosado wound up the winner despite giving a solo home run to Atlanta Braves' catcher, Javy Lopez, in the seventh inning. One of seven Braves on the National League roster, Lopez was responsible for the NL's tying run by knocking a pitch off the left field foul pole. The shot off Rosado made Lopez the 11th player to homer in his first All-Star at-bat. Before Lopez connected, the NL had managed just one hit, a single by Jeff Blauser of the Braves, off Toronto ace Roger Clemens.

David Cone, Justin Thompson, and Pat Hentgen combined to set down eight consecutive batters for the American League before Lopez connected off Rosado.

Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees pitched a perfect ninth for the save.

1997: Hometown Heroics

Has Cleveland ever been any louder? Doubtful. Catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. made the most of his first All-Star Game appearance in five seasons and only at-bat of the contest. The Indians slugger belted a game-deciding homer off Shawn Estes in the seventh inning in front of a thrilled home crowd. Alomar was named the game MVP as well, at the first Midsummer Classic at Jacobs Field. American League pitchers did their part too, limiting the National League lineup to three hits. In the end, it was AL 3, NL 1.

• Highlights: 56K | 300K
American League
  Roberto Alomar
  Sandy Alomar
  Brady Anderson
  Albert Belle
  Jeff Cirillo
  Roger Clemens
  David Cone
  Joey Cora
  Jason Dickson
  Nomar Garciaparra
  Ken Griffey Jr.
  Pat Hentgen
  Randy Johnson
  Chuck Knoblauch
  Edgar Martinez
  Tino Martinez
  Mark McGwire
  Mike Mussina
  Randy Myers
  Paul O'Neill
  Cal Ripken Jr.
  Mariano Rivera
  Alex Rodriguez
  Ivan Rodriguez
  Jose Rosado
  Frank Thomas
  Jim Thome
  Justin Thompson
  Bernie Williams
National League
  Moises Alou
  Jeff Bagwell
  Rod Beck
  Craig Biggio
  Jeff Blauser
  Barry Bonds
  Kevin Brown
  Ken Caminiti
  Royce Clayton
  Shawn Estes
  Steve Finley
  Andres Galarraga
  Tom Glavine
  Mark Grace
  Tony Gwynn
  Todd Hundley
  Charles Johnson
  Bobby Jones
  Chipper Jones
  Darryl Kile
  Ray Lankford
  Barry Larkin
  Kenny Lofton
  Javy Lopez
  Greg Maddux
  Pedro Martinez
  Denny Neagle
  Mike Piazza
  Curt Schilling
  Larry Walker
  Tony Womack

The Cleveland Indians' Sandy Alomar shows off his MVP trophy with his son Marcus, after the All-Star Game Tuesday, July 8, 1997, in Cleveland.