1981: Carter Helps Bring Baseball Back from Abyss
Referenced Bleacher Report article by Doug Mead. today 7/9/2012
The 1981 MLB All-Star Game was only the second game ever played in August (second All-Star game of 1959 was played on Aug. 3).
Due to the players’ strike that lasted from June 12 to July 31, the season was split into two halves, and the All-Star game was to serve as the kickoff for the second half, which was to start the day after the All-Star game.
On Aug. 9, 1981, a record 72,086 fans showed up at Cleveland Stadium to welcome back the baseball season.
The National League registered all of its five runs on home runs, two of them by Montreal Expos catcher Gary Carter. For his efforts, Carter was named the game’s MVP.