1979 All-Star Game
Once again, the All-Star Game headed indoors at the Kingdome for a close game that belonged to anybody as six times in nine innings the lead was tied or lossed.
The American League was leading 6-5 going into the eighth when the National League tied it on a Lee Mazzilli home run. Brian Downing led off the bottom of the inning with a single against Bruce Sutter. A sacrifice moved Downing along and Reggie Jackson was walked intentionally. One out later, Graig Nettles singled to right and, with Downing trying to score, Dave Parker rifled the ball to catcher Gary Carter. Carter forced Downing to the inside of the plate and applied the inning-ending tag as Downing made a head-first dive.
Pete Rose played the last four innings at first base and set a record as the only player ever to play five different positions in the All-Star competition. During his appearances he had played first base, second base, third base, right field and left field.
As the 1970's came to a close, the National League had once again dominated the decade, leaving the American League embarrassed and looking forward to gaining some respect in the 80's.