2005 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National League 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 5 11 0
American League 0 1 2 2 0 2 0 0 x 7 11 1
DateJuly 12, 2005
VenueComerica Park
CityDetroit, Michigan
MVPMiguel Tejada (BAL)
Ceremonial first pitchAl Kaline and Willie Horton
TelevisionFox (United States)
MLB International (International)
TV announcersJoe Buck and Tim McCarver (Fox)
Dave O'Brien and Rick Sutcliffe (MLB International)
Radio announcersDan Shulman and Dave Campbell

The 2005 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 76th playing of the midseason exhibition baseball game 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 12, 2005 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan, the home of the Detroit Tigers of the American League. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 7–5,[1] thus awarding an AL team (which eventually came to be the Chicago White Sox) home-field advantage in the 2005 World Series. In this game Rawlings first previewed the Coolflo batting helmets, which became standard the followig season.[2]


Players in italics have since been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.



National League: Tony LaRussa
American League: Terry Francona


Renaissance Center with giant decal for the 2005 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.


Home Plate Joe West
First Base Tim Welke
Second Base Eric Cooper
Third Base Mike DiMuro
Left Field C. B. Bucknor
Right Field Andy Fletcher

Starting lineups

National League American League
Order Player Team Position Order Player Team Position
1 Bobby Abreu Phillies RF 1 Johnny Damon Red Sox CF
2 Carlos Beltrán Mets LF 2 Alex Rodriguez Yankees 3B
3 Albert Pujols Cardinals DH 3 David Ortiz Red Sox DH
4 Derrek Lee Cubs 1B 4 Manny Ramírez Red Sox LF
5 Jim Edmonds Cardinals CF 5 Miguel Tejada Orioles SS
6 Aramis Ramírez Cubs 3B 6 Vladimir Guerrero Angels RF
7 Mike Piazza Mets C 7 Mark Teixeira Rangers 1B
8 Jeff Kent Dodgers 2B 8 Jason Varitek Red Sox C
9 David Eckstein Cardinals SS 9 Brian Roberts Orioles 2B
Chris Carpenter Cardinals P Mark Buehrle White Sox P

Game summary

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 8:35 pm (EDT) at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National League 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 5 11 0
American League 0 1 2 2 0 2 0 0 - 7 11 1
WP: Mark Buehrle (1–0)   LP: John Smoltz (0–1)   Sv: Mariano Rivera (1)
Home runs:
NL: Andruw Jones (1)
AL: Miguel Tejada (1), Mark Teixeira (1)

A superchoir consisting of three choirs from Windsor, Ontario, sang "O Canada", the Canadian National Anthem. Then, a moment of silence for the victims of the July 7 London bombings, which took place a few days before the game, followed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Brass Players' performance of "God Save the Queen", the national anthem of the United Kingdom. Brian McKnight sang The Star-Spangled Banner, the U.S. National Anthem. The colors presentation was by the Camp Grayling color guard, accompanied by University of Toledo ROTC officers who presented the flags in the outfield.

In the first inning, starters Mark Buehrle and Chris Carpenter each induced a double play, from Carlos Beltrán and Manny Ramírez respectively, to end early threats. The American League would score in the bottom of the second, when the game's MVP, Miguel Tejada, crushed a shot off John Smoltz to give the AL a 1–0 lead. The AL would score two more in the third, on the strength of a David Ortiz RBI single, and an RBI groundout by Tejada, his second RBI in as many innings.

The NL wasted a scoring opportunity in the top of the fourth, when with two runners on, Aramis Ramírez grounded into a double play to end that threat. In the bottom of that inning, Ichiro Suzuki hit a broken-bat, bloop single to score two, but was then picked off first base by Liván Hernández. Then, in the bottom of the sixth, Mark Teixeira, a switch-hitter, hit an opposite field, two-run homer off Dontrelle Willis, his first home run off a left-hander that season, opening the AL's lead to 7–0.

During the seventh-inning stretch, Brian McKnight sang God Bless America.

The NL finally got on the board in the next inning, when Andruw Jones launched a two-run shot just inside the foul pole off Kenny Rogers to close the NL to within five. They scored another run in the eighth, when Moisés Alou scored on an RBI forceout by Miguel Cabrera.

In the top of the ninth, Luis Gonzalez scored Andruw Jones with a double off of Baltimore closer B.J. Ryan, and then scored himself on an RBI groundout by Carlos Lee. Mariano Rivera then came on to stop the NL's potential rally. Rivera struck out Morgan Ensberg to end the threat, and the game, securing a 7–5 win for the AL.

Hall-of-Famer and former Tigers outfielder Al Kaline joined the ceremonial first pitch ceremonies.

Prior to the game, Taco Bell sponsored a Pitch for a Million Dollars contest. The contestant Frank Nelson was chosen randomly from people who had attended and submitted their name at the local All-Star Game events held in Detroit in the weeks prior. The contestant Frank Nelson would have to pitch 5 balls through a hole in 30 seconds from the mound to the home plate. Taco Bell informed him the Tuesday prior to the Game and made him sign an agreement to not practice the day of and could only receive verbal coaching from his coach Mark "The Bird" Fidrych. The size of the hole was also reduced due to someone winning it previously. He was only able to pitch one thorough the hole within the 30 seconds, so he received the Runner up prize of $5.00 each week towards Taco Bell for a year.

Home Run Derby

In this event, the eight competitors each came from a different nation. This format dovetailed with the announcement of the launch of the World Baseball Classic the week before, as of the following year.

Comerica Park, Detroit—N.L. 66, A.L. 42
Player Team Round 1 Semis Finals Totals
Venezuela Bobby Abreu Philadelphia 24 6 11 41
Puerto Rico Iván Rodríguez Detroit 7 8 5 20
Panama Carlos Lee Milwaukee 11 4 15
Dominican Republic David Ortiz Boston 17 3 20
South Korea Hee-Seop Choi Los Angeles 5 5
Curaçao Andruw Jones Atlanta 5 5
United States Mark Teixeira Texas 2 2
Canada Jason Bay Pittsburgh 0 0

Footnotes and references

  1. ^ 2005 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, Baseball-Reference.com. Accessed February 3, 2024.
  2. ^ Lukas, Paul. "Uni Watch's Friday Flashback: The midsummer uni classic", ESPN, May 13, 2016. Accessed February 3, 2024 "2005: MLB and its official batting helmet supplier, Rawlings, decide to use the All-Star Game to showcase a new helmet model, called the Coolflo. With its side vents and reptilian-looking crown, the new lid is a major departure from previous baseball helmets."