Fifty thousand screaming baseball fans packed into the Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Tuesday (23 July) for the 45th All-Star Game.
GV SLOW MOTION National League pitcher throws t American League batsman - caught by backstop Johnny Bench who throws to second base as runner Carew slides in.
GV Pitcher throws to Bobby Mercer - ball stopped by Steve Garvey - Garvey throws to first base, Mercer is run out. (3 shots)
GV Campaneris strikes ball, Cedeno catches it in outfield and throws to base. (4 shots)
GV Split screen Lou Brock steals second base as ball is pitched - runs on to third after bad throw to second base by Munson - then safe home. (3 shots)
GV SLOW MOTION American league field stops ball near base.
GV Smith strikes ball and bat flies into crowd. (3 shots)
GV Smith hits home runner into stands. (2 shots)
SV Smith loping around diamond and home.
GV Mike Marshall hits ball and caught in outfield by Reggie Jackson and returned to pitcher. (2 shots)
"Although the National League was superb on defence it was a rare throwing error by Johnny Bench that contributed to both American League runs. His errant throw came on a stolen base attempt by Rod Carew. That uprising ended when Steve Garvey made a diving stop of Bobby Mercer's drive. Garvey, a right-end selection at first base, was voted the games most valuable player off his defensive work and his two key hits. Cesar Cedeno saved another run for the National League when he robbed Bert Campaneris of extra bases. Cedeno had comedown with a case of food poisoning earlier in the day and nearly missed the game. It didn't slow him down a bit. The American League were guilty of one error. Lou Brock, who has sixty stolen bases this year, broke for second and Thurman Munson's throw went into the outfield. Despite his brilliant career, Brock has never been elected to a starting All-Star position. The American League played well defensively. Here Carl Yastrzemski grabs Mike Schmidts liner. And a good defensive play by one of the fans, the lady sitting int eh front row who had to defend herself against the bat that slipped out of the hands of National League's Reggie Smith. She was not seriously hurt. If Smith was shaken by the incident, he didn't show it because in the next pitch he hit the game's only home run. Smith, who played on two American All-Star teams, said the National Leaguers win the game year after year because of superior speed and more aggressive play. The only contribution to the American League's effort by top vote-getter Reggie Jackson was this catch of a drive off the bat of pitcher Mike Marshall. Jackson took the team's defeat lightly. He said "We got beat, so what". This is Charles Errinson."
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A commentary by TVN reporter Charles Errinson has been serviced with this production. A transcript is provided overleaf.
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Background: Fifty thousand screaming baseball fans packed into the Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Tuesday (23 July) for the 45th All-Star Game.
The outcome of the annual confrontation between the star baseball players of the American League and the National League has become a fairly routine matter over the past eleven years. In this time the American League has lost al but one of their games.
The President of the American League, Lee Macphail, promised this year things would be different, but his team's luck did not change and they were beaten again.
Los Angeles Dodger Steve Garvey -- a star of the National League -- had their first hit, a single in the second inning, and in the fourth a double which started the National League on its way to victory.
The game was played well defensively by both teams. The very few errors the starts did made cost both teams dearly.
The only home run came form Reggie Smith of the St. Louis Cardinals. He accidentally flung the bat into the front row of the stands but after it was discovered that no one was seriously injured, he picked it up again and hit the home-runner.