**Repost from Last Year** – A Look Back: 1983 MLB All Star Game

This was originally posted last year the day after the All-Star game:

Congratulations to the National League for winning last night’s All Star game. They ended a drought where they had not won since 1996. This brought me back to the 1983 All Star game where the American League ended a drought. The game was the first American League win since 1971, and only their second win since 1963.
However, the American League won in a more convincing way than the National League did yesterday – The AL had won 13-3 in 1983, and the NL won 3-1 in last night’s game.

1983 was the year that two of my favorite players of all time were retiring – Carl Yastrzemski and Johnny Bench. Both players were added to the All Star roster for their respective leagues. I seem to remember that there was a tribute to them before the game. From what I remember, “Yesterday” by the Beatles was playing while video highlights were being shown. I cannot find any video of this, so if anybody can confirm this for me, that would be great!

The game was held on July 6, 1983, at Comiskey Park in Chicago, Illinois, the home of the Chicago White Sox of the American League. It was 50 years to the day that the original All Star game was held.

The most memorable part of the game was the 7 run 3rd inning, highlighted by the Fred Lynn’s grand slam. It is still the only grand slam in All Star history. Poor Atlee Hammaker, of the San Francisco Giants, was charged for all 7 runs in 2/3 of an inning.
Fred Lynn was named the game’s MVP.

The 13 runs scored by the American League set a new record for one team in All-Star Game history, and was the most runs scored by a single team in All-Star competition since the 11 runs scored by the American League in 1954. The ten run margin of victory was the largest since 12-0 American League victory in 1946.

The 13 runs scored by the American League set a new record for one team in All-Star Game history, and was the most runs scored by a single team in All-Star competition since the 11 runs scored by the American League in 1954. Since then, the American League tied that record by scoring 13 runs in 1992 and 1998. The ten run margin of victory was the largest since 12-0 American League victory in 1946.

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