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Midwest League 1979

All-Star Game

South 9, North 2

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Wednesday, June 20, 1979

The 1979 Midwest League All-Star Game was played at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Cedar Rapids on June 20, 1979. Two teams of the league's best players, as selected by the circuit's managers, faced off for league supremacy.

The Southern Stars scored eight in the first; that's pretty much the game story. Mitch Webster got two hits in the first and stole a base to lead the uprising. Larry Wright of Clinton was the winning pitcher; Waterloo's Troy Wilder earned the defeat.


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NORTH                        AB R H BI      SOUTH                           AB  R H BI
Ed Saavedra (WAT/CLE) CF      3 0 0 0       Paul Plinski (CR/SF) 2B          4 1  2 1
 Arnie McCrary (WAU/TEX) CF   1 0 0 0       Mitch Webster (CLI/LAD) LF-CF    5 1  3 2
Dave Stockstill (WAU/CHC) RF  2 0 0 0       Mark Gilbert (QC/CHC) RF         3 0  1 1
 Matt Henderson (WR/MIN) RF   1 0 0 0        John Robbins (CLI/LAD) LF       2 0  0 0
Vince Bienek (APP/CWS) LF     3 0 0 0       Stan Davis (BUR/MIL) 1B          5 1  1 1
Dave Hudgens (WAT/CLE) DH     3 1 1 1       Joe Hicks (QC/CHC) DH            2 1  0 0
 Bob Bohnet (WR/MIN) DH       1 1 1 0       Vince Bailey (BUR/MIL) CF        3 1  1 0
Pete Peltz (WAT/CLE) 3B       4 0 0 0        Mark Benson (CR/SF) RF          1 0  0 0
Tom Anderson (WAT/CLE) 1B     3 0 1 0       J.W. Mitchell (QC/CHC) 3B        3 1  1 2
Ivan Mesa (APP/CWS) SS        4 0 0 0        Johnny Rabb (CR/SF) 3B          1 0  0 0
Vito Lucarelli (APP/CWS) C    2 0 0 0       Jim Padula (BUR/MIL) C           2 2  2 1
 George Dierberger (WR/MIN) C 1 0 0 0        Dave Sax (CLI/LAD) C            1 0  0 0
Phil Bauer (APP/CWS) 2B       2 0 0 0       Willie Lozado (BUR/MIL) SS       3 1  2 1
 Robbie Alvarez (WAT/CLE) 2B  2 0 1 0        Phil Sutton (CR/SF) SS          1 0  0 0
Troy Wilder (WAT/CLE) P       0 0 0 0       Randy Clark (QC/CHC) P           0 0  0 0
 Randy Rambis (WAT/CLE) P     0 0 0 0        Larry Wright (CLI/LAD) P        0 0  0 0
 Alec Christensen (WAU/TEX) P 0 0 0 0        Mike Wright (QC/CHC) P          0 0  0 0
 Matt Bullinger (WAT/CLE) P   0 0 0 0        Rich McClure (QC/CHC) P         0 0  0 0
 Steve Mapel (WR/MIN) P       0 0 0 0
 Mark Teutsch (APP/CWS) P     0 0 0 0
 Brent Gaff (WAU/NYM) P       0 0 0 0
 TOTALS                      32 2 4 1                                       36 9 13 9

North             000 100 010 - 2  4 1
South             801 000 00x - 9 13 2

 E - Mesa, Mitchell, Rabb. DP - LOB - North 7, South 9.
 2B - Anderson, Lozado. HR - Hudgens. SB - Webster. SF - Plinski.

NORTH             IP H R ER BB SO
Wilder (L)       0.1 8 8  5  0  0
Rambis           1.2 1 0  0  1  1
Christensen      1.0 3 1  1  0  1
Bullinger        1.0 0 0  0  2  0
Mapel            1.0 1 0  0  0  1
Teutsch          2.0 0 0  0  0  4
Gaff             1.0 0 0  0  0  1

SOUTH             IP H R ER BB SO
Clark            4.0 2 1  1  3  3
L. Wright (W)    3.0 1 0  0  1  2
M. Wright        1.0 1 1  0  0  1
McClure          1.0 0 0  0  0  0

 WP - Clark. PB - Lucarelli 2.



 Time: 2:29.  Attendance: 3,427

Notes, Issues, Sources, and Mysteries

  • Based on the box score in the 1995 Midwest League Yearbook, with help from game accounts in the June 21, 1978, edition of the Waterloo Courier, which had a box score, and the Burlington Hawk-Eye, which didn't. The team selections were published in the June 10 edition of the Hawk-Eye.
  • Waterloo manager Cal Emery led the North squad, while Quad City's Jim Napier was the Southern skipper. Duane Espy (Burlington) and Wayne Cato (Cedar Rapids) were Napier's coaches; the account doesn't mention any coaches assisting Emery.
  • No official game MVP was selected.
  • Selected, but did not play: Bob Gibson (P, Burlington), Doug Jones (P, Burlington), Bubba Kyzer (SS, Quad City), Kevin Joyce (P, Clinton), and Mark Platel (P, Appleton).

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