As if he didn't have enough problems, Baltimore Orioles General Manager Hank Peters was struck in the right side of the head by a foul ball off the bat of Keith Hernandez in the first inning of the all-star game tonight.
Peters was helped out of the stands for treatment, but doctors told him he had nothing more than a nasty bruise. "I reached up with my hand, but didn't get it," he said. "It stung me for a second."
Whitey Herzog gained the dubious distinction of having managed two National League losers in a row, a tremendous feat since the NL has lost only three times in the last 24 years. Not that the season was going great guns for him anyway, since his St. Louis Cardinals are in danger of dropping from first to last place in one year.
"I went out to make lineup changes," Herzog said, "and umpire Bruce Froemming, who has been watching the Cardinals for a while, said, 'Hey, you put the hex on these guys, too.'
"I kind of enjoyed the game. I'd never seen Don Mattingly, Rickey Henderson or Wally Joyner in person."
The teams' 19 strikeouts were two shy of the all-star game record. The record of 21 was established in 1984 (11 by the AL, 10 by the NL) . . . Fernando Valenzuela's five strikeouts were the most by an individual since 1968 when Tom Seaver had five for the NL . . .
The 12 strikeouts by AL batters tied the all-star game record for most strikeouts, one team, in a nine-inning game. That has been accomplished three times before.
Texas pitcher Charlie Hough became the third-oldest pitcher to appear in an all-star game. The oldest was Satchel Paige, who was 47 years 7 days in 1953, followed by Gerry Staley (39 years 10 months 23 days) in 1960. Hough is 38 years 6 months 9 days.
New York Yankees outfielder Dave Winfield doubled in his only at-bat tonight to improve his all-star career average to .393 (11 for 28). That ties him for the second-highest batting average all-time in all-star competition (eight-game minimum). Steve Garvey is also 11 for 28. The all-time leader is Billy Herman (.433).
The AL had lost 11 straight games in National League parks since winning July 30, 1962 . . . Gooden, 21, and Clemens, 23, are the second-youngest pair of all-star starting pitchers ever. The youngest starting pair was Baltimore's Jerry Walker, 20, and Los Angeles' Don Drysdale, 23, in 1959.