Watch: On this date 1988, All-Star game Riverfront

Watch: On this date 1988, All-Star game Riverfront Stadium

MLB All-Star Game

July 12, 1988

Riverfront Stadium

Final: AL 2 NL 1

Recap HERE Boxscore HERE 

I'm still bitter that NL Manager Whitey Herzon only got Chris Sabo into the game to pinch-run. Sabo did steal second base. Barry Larkin was 0 for 2. Danny Jackson, who would finish 23-8 2.73 that year, did not get into the game.

What a nondescript game it was. The teams combined for just 11 hits and three runs.

Terry Steinbach, elected as a starter despite hitting .217 in the first half, won MVP honors. He hit a solo homer off Mets ace Dwight Gooden in the third inning. I remember the shot was nearly robbed by outfielder Darryl Strawberry. Steinbach added a sacrifice fly in the fourth to drive in the AL's only other run.

The only run for the National League came on a wild pitch from Mark Gubicza (Royals), allowing Vince Coleman (Cardinals) to score.

Vice President George H. W. Bush threw out the first pitch.

Rain was an issue during the All-Star week. The Home Run Derby was canceled the day before the game. 

Lance McAlister

Lance McAlister

Lance McAlister covers everything in Cincinnati sports! Host of sports talk on Cincinnati News Radio 700WLW and ESPN 1530! Read more


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