Here are my redesigned 1974 Topps cards for the National League All Star starters (in batting lineup order):
|LF: Pete Rose. Leading off for the NL was the 1973 NL MVP and batting champion. This was one of the 17 All Star games and five positions Pete played in. |
Pete came to the plate twice in this game, striking out once and grounding out the other.
|2B: Joe Morgan. Joe was the MVP of the 1972 All Star game and this was one of ten midsummer classics he played in. |
In this game he struck out in the first inning, doubled in the third, and drove in the eventual winning run with a sacrifice fly in the fifth.
|RF: Hank Aaron. The HR King played in an incredible 25 All Star games over the course of his Hall of Fame career. After hitting the record breaker in April of 1974, the rest of the season was essentially a victory lap through the NL cities. |
He hit a deep fly ball to left in the first and grounded out to short in the third.
|C: Johnny Bench. Bench was a 14 time All Star and had previously homered in the 1969, 1971 and 1973 games. |
In this game he got 2 hits and walked in 4 plate appearances.
|CF: Jimmy Wynn. This was the second of three career All Star appearances for the Toy Cannon. He was named the NL Comeback Player of the Year in 1974. |
He had a single in 3 plate appearances.
|1B: Steve Garvey. This was the first of 10 All Star games for Steve Garvey. He made this start as the second ever "write in candidate" from the fans. He was named MVP of the National League at the end of the 1974 season. |
Garvey rewarded his fans with an MVP performance in this game, playing all nine innings going 2 for 4, driving in a run and scoring a run.
|3B: Ron Cey. Joining his teammate Steve Garvey at his first All Star game, this was one of the six All Star Games for The Penguin. |
He had a hit and 2 RBIs.
|SS: Larry Bowa. This was also Larry's first of five All Star appearances. He started at short in three of those games ('74, '78 and '79). |
He was hitless in to plate appearances.
|P: Andy Messersmith. Andy was selected onto four career All Star games. He led the NL in wins with 20 in 1974. |
He pitched the first three innings and gave up the only 2 runs the AL scored.