|Date||July 10, 1990|
|MVP||Julio Franco (TEX)|
|Ceremonial first pitch||Ernie Banks|
|TV announcers||Jack Buck and Tim McCarver|
|Radio announcers||John Rooney, Jerry Coleman and Johnny Bench|
The 1990 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 61st playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 10, 1990, at Wrigley Field in Chicago, the home of the Chicago Cubs of the National League. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 2–0. The game is remembered for a rain delay in the 7th inning that resulted in CBS airing Rescue 911 during the delay. This is also the first game – and so far the only one – to feature two players bearing the same name: Gregg Olson was a pitcher, representing the AL squad and Baltimore Orioles, while catcher Greg Olson represented the NL squad and Atlanta Braves. Outfielder Jose Canseco of the Oakland Athletics and First Baseman Will Clark of the San Francisco Giants were the leaders of their leagues in the fan votes. They both batted third in the line up for their squads.
The pregame ceremonies celebrated the 85th anniversary of the Great Lakes Naval Training Station which, as with previous All-Star Games held in Chicago, provided the colors presentation. After Wayne Messmer sang O Canada, recording artist (and native Chicagoan) Richard Marx sang The Star-Spangled Banner. The last All-Star Game previously held at Wrigley Field was represented by Ernie Banks who threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
The National League registered just two hits in the contest, the fewest by any team in the history of the All-Star Game.
Players in italics have since been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
|Home Plate||Ed Montague (NL)|
|First Base||Dave Phillips (AL)|
|Second Base||Steve Rippley (NL)|
|Third Base||Mark Johnson (AL)|
|Left Field||Dana DeMuth (NL)|
|Right Field||Tim Welke (AL)|
|American League||National League|
|1||Rickey Henderson||Athletics||LF||1||Lenny Dykstra||Phillies||CF|
|2||Wade Boggs||Red Sox||3B||2||Ryne Sandberg||Cubs||2B|
|3||José Canseco||Athletics||RF||3||Will Clark||Giants||1B|
|4||Cal Ripken, Jr.||Orioles||SS||4||Kevin Mitchell||Giants||LF|
|5||Ken Griffey, Jr.||Mariners||CF||5||Andre Dawson||Cubs||RF|
|6||Mark McGwire||Athletics||1B||6||Chris Sabo||Reds||3B|
|7||Sandy Alomar, Jr.||Indians||C||7||Mike Scioscia||Dodgers||C|
|8||Steve Sax||Yankees||2B||8||Ozzie Smith||Cardinals||SS|
|9||Bob Welch||Athletics||P||9||Jack Armstrong||Reds||P|
|WP: Bret Saberhagen (1-0) LP: Jeff Brantley (0-1) Sv: Dennis Eckersley (1)|
All the scoring was done by the American League in a single inning. In the top of the seventh inning, Julio Franco hit a double to right field sending Sandy Alomar home from third base and Lance Parrish home from first base. Franco was named the game's MVP.
Footnotes and references
- "Team Batting Game Finder: In years 1933 to 2019, In the All-Star Game, (requiring H<=3), sorted by smallest H". Stathead. Retrieved July 16, 2020.
- Player declined or was unable to play.