The first All-Star blooper occurred before most of the players even had reached the Metrodome. Detroit's Lou Whitaker, his equipment left behind in Michigan, had to play in a makeshift uniform.
When All-Star officials found out about Whitaker's predicament, they sent someone to a souvenir stand to get a replica of a Tigers jersey. The jersey, however, did not have any number on the back, so a large No. 1 was stenciled on with a Magic Marker.
When the concession stand didn't have black stirrup socks, Whitaker had to borrow a pair of blue ones from the host Twins. He used a spare glove owned by Cal Ripken.
"Everybody was responsible for bringing his own jersey and equipment," said Whitaker. "I left everything in my Mercedes in the back seat. My cap, my jersey, my glove."
Whitaker was asked if his uniform would look good enough to a national television audience and a capacity crowd of more than 50,000 at the Metrodome.
"The fans aren't looking at the uniform, they're looking at the way you play," he said. "You could be the best-dressed guy on the field and be the worst player."
* A lineup of could-be all-stars would be -- at least on paper -- as good as either team here tonight.
Could-be pitchers: San Diego's Andy Hawkins (11-2, 3.35); Los Angeles' Orel Hershiser (8-3, 2.72); Boston's Dennis (Oil Can) Boyd (11-7, 3.15); Pittsburgh's Rick Reuschel (8-2, 2.33). Could-be outfielders: St. Louis' Vince Coleman (62 stolen bases); Chicago's Keith Moreland (.301, eight home runs, 55 RBI); Oakland's Mike Davis (.301, 15 homers, 49 RBI). Could-be infielders: Oakland first baseman/designated hitter Dave Kingman (21 homers, 55 RBI); Texas second baseman Toby Harrah (leads the AL in walks and on-base percentage); Toronto shortstop Tony Fernandez (.281, 30 RBI); Seattle third baseman Jim Presley (18 homers, 44 RBI).
* Fifty-nine percent of the callers disapproved of the designated-hitter rule in a three-hour nationwide telephone poll conducted by NBC during the All-Star Game. An NBC spokesman said 234,482 calls were made during the game, with 138,456 calling the "no" number and 96,376 dialing the "yes" number.
* Sandy Koufax, the former Dodgers pitcher now in the Hall of Fame, called NL All-Star Dwight Gooden "the best pitcher for his age I've ever seen." Gooden is 20.
* Shortstop Ozzie Smith of the National League played all nine innings for the second straight year. Jim Rice of the AL was the only other player to go the route tonight.
* New York Mets outfielder Darryl Strawberry admitted he was concerned about being voted into the game despite missing much of the season with a thumb injury. "Really, I was a little embarassed when I saw I was getting votes despite missing all that time . . . My first reaction was that I shouldn't play in the game because I didn't have the numbers (.229, eight homers, 19 RBI). But I didn't want to do that because it would be an injustice for all the people who voted for me . . . After being on the field for awhile and mixing with all the great stars, I know I made the right decision."