Reggie Jackson steals spotlight in Old-Timers Game; AL outblasts NL in homer competition

SAN DIEGO -- Throughout his brilliant playing career, Reggie Jackson was always in the spotlight either delivering the key hit or speaking his mind.

Jackson took center stage again Monday when he blasted a grand slam and doubled to help the American League Old-Timers squad to a 7-2 victory over the National leaguers in the Upper Deck Heroes Baseball All-Star game.


The American League jumped to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Bert Campaneris and Bobby Richardson singled before Brooks Robinson walked to load the bases. Jackson then unloaded a 385-foot shot over the right- field fence against Bob Gibson.

The National Leaguers answered with two runs in the bottom half of the inning to cut the lead to 4-2 before Jackson doubled to right-center during a three-run AL third.

In the home run hitting contest, Mark McGwire, who leads the majors with 28, paced the American League to a 27-13 triumph over the National League.

McGwire delighted the cheering fans at Jack Murphy Stadium by slamming 12 homers, including seven straight. McGwire's total tied Cal Ripken for the highest homer total in the even't history set last year in Toronto. Ken Griffey Jr. of the Seattle Mariners finished runner-up with seven homers.


McGwire was presented with a $20,000 check which will go to charity.

Fred McGriff of the host San Diego Padres, blasted a 458-foot shot for the longest homer of the competition.

Toronto's Joe Carter, who slammed four homers, used the bat of Blue Jays outfielder Dave Winfield in the competition. Carter said he used Winfield's bat as a tribute to his teammate, who he thought should be an All-Star.

'I am using the bat because I feel Dave should have made the (All- Star) team,' Carter said.

The National League was paced by San Diego's Gary Sheffield and Montreal's Larry Walker with four homers each. McGriff added three homers and Barry Bonds of Pittsburgh had two.

The American League team also received four homers from Ripken.

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