1975 All-Star Game
It was the middle of the 1970's in America and change appeared to be going on everywhere. Everywhere that is, except at the All-Star Game.
Once again, the Nationals let the Americans get so close, only to take it away in dramatic fashion. Things looked pretty even as a tense eight innings passed and the teams were tied, 3-3, going into the ninth. Then it happened... Reggie Smith opened the inning with a single that Claudell Washington dropped after a long run. Al Oliver, pinch-hitting for Jon Matlack, doubled to left. Goose Gossage replaced Catfish Hunter to face Larry Bowa and promptly plunked him with a pitch, loading the bases. That brought Gossage eye-to-eye with Bill Madlock, who singled to left, scoring two runs. A third scored on Pete Rose's sacrifice fly.
Much like in past decades when one side dominated the other, the sports press began to speculate about the future of the All-Star game. The event was becoming a routine and America's passion for baseball began to sway as professional football took center stage. America's favorite past-time was no longer the favorite, and many felt that it would never fully recover.