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Big moments in MLB All-Star Game history

A look at the history of Major League Baseball's annual showcase, starting with 15 memorable All-Star Game moments:

  • Game debuts

    The tradition dates back to Comiskey Park, in an event billed as "The Game of the Century." Babe Ruth, 38, hit the first All-Star Game home run in the third inning, and made a great catch in the eighth inning to rob Cincinnati's Chick Hafey of a hit and preserve the win for Yankees teammate Lefty Gomez.

  • Hubbell strikes out five

    The second All-Star game witnessed one of the greatest pitching feats in baseball history. After allowing the first two batters to reach base, NL starter Carl Hubbell of the Giants struck out - in consecutive order - future Hall of Famers Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin. Though the National League would lose the game, Hubbell's performance remains memorable.

  • Williams crushes eephus

    The highlight of this game at Fenway Park was the matchup of Red Sox slugger Ted Williams and Pirates pitcher Rip Sewell, inventor of the gimmicky, looping "eephus" pitch that reached a height of 25 feet before falling downward toward home plate. Williams challenged Sewell before the game to throw him the pitch, then crushed a three-run homer as part of a 4-for-4 performance at the plate. According to the New York Times, Williams was the only player to ever hit a home run off the pitch from Sewell.

  • Stan the Man delivers

    The game entered the bottom of the 12th inning tied at five. With Red Sox pitcher Frank Sullivan on the mound for the AL, Cardinals slugger Stan Musial homered to right field over the head of outfielder Al Kaline to give the National League a walk-off victory.

  • Callison's walk-off

    In a dramatic finish, Philadelphia's Jonny Callison gave the National League a win in its last at-bat. Facing Red Sox reliever Dick Radatz in the bottom of the ninth, Callison launched a majestic three-run shot to break a 4-4 tie. There hasn't been another All-Star walk-off HR since, and this was the last All-Star Game played at the Mets' home park until this season.

  • Rose flattens Fosse

    In the bottom of the 12th inning, the game tied at 4-4, Pete Rose attempted to score from second base on a single. Rose steamrolled Indians catcher Ray Fosse, who couldn't hold onto the ball, and the National League won. Fosse was never the same player, and it remains a lasting memory of Rose's hustling, take-no-prisoners style of play.

  • Jackson's blast

    Oakland's Reggie Jackson hit one of the most impressive home runs in the history of the All-Star Game. Jackson's blast off a slider by Pittsburgh's Dock Ellis cleared the Tiger Stadium roof in right-center field and hit an electrical transformer about 100 feet above field level. Estimated distance: over 530 feet.

  • Lynn's slam

    Fred Lynn hit the first grand slam in All-Star Game history, leading an American League rout. Despite a sore wrist that prevented him from taking batting practice before the game, Lynn hit a towering blast into the upper deck in right off Atlee Hammaker during the AL's seven-run third inning.

  • Derby is added

    The Twins drew more than 40,000 to the first home-run hitting contest, which prompted club official Laurel Prieb to quip, "That's more than we drew for a two-week home stand two years ago." Minnesota's Tom Brunansky hit three out in his last at bat, thrilling Metrodome fans. Jim Rice and winner Dave Parker (pictured) each hit four, while Eddie Murray's upper-deck shot hit a speaker.

  • Bo knows

    Kansas City's Bo Jackson became the ninth player to homer in his first All-Star at-bat, crushing a line drive to dead center off San Francisco's Rick Reuschel. Jackson also had a stolen base en route to MVP honors, becoming the first player since Willie Mays to homer and steal a base in an All-Star Game.

  • Epic flail

    John Kruk of the Phillies was terrorized by Randy Johnson of the Mariners in the third inning. He struck out on four pitches. The first one sailed over his head by 2 feet and had him ducking. Johnson, who is 6 feet 10 inches, would finish off Kruk with a pair of breaking balls. Kruk missed both by a foot. "If it was the seventh game of the World Series and he was pitching, I wouldn't play," said Kruk.

  • Martinez shines

    Pedro Martinez electrified the Fenway crowd by striking out the side in the first inning, then struck out two more batters in the second inning, and was a unanimous choice as the game's Most Valuable Player. Martinez's victims were Barry Larkin, Larry Walker, and Sammy Sosa in the first inning, Mark McGwire and Jeff Bagwell in the second.

  • Iron curtain

    Cal Ripken, with a little coaxing from Alex Rodriguez, started at shortstop, his original position, in his 19th and final All-Star Game. In a dramatic moment, he hit a home run on the first pitch he saw, with the standing ovation he was accorded when he came to the plate still reverberating. It was also an All-Star goodbye for Tony Gwynn, who was injured and couldn't play.

  • Fit to be tied

    In a low point for the All-Star Game, commissioner Bud Selig declared a 7-7 tie after 11 innings because both teams had run out of pitchers, Bob Brenly of the Nationals and Joe Torre of the Americans having used all 30 players on their respective rosters. The only other tie in All-Star game history (the second 1961 All-Star Game) was ended after the ninth inning due to rain.

  • Home-field at stake

    After the highly unpopular 2002 game, Selig instituted a new rule giving home-field advantage in the World Series to the league that wins the All-Star Game. The AL took the lead when Hank Blalock of Texas hit a two-run home run off Dodgers closer Eric Gagne, who was perfect on save opportunities during the regular season - the All-Star Game was his lone, unofficial blemish.

Batting records

At-bats

75

Willie Mays (left)

Hits

23

Willie Mays

Home runs

 6 

Stan Musial

RBI

12

Ted Williams

Steals

 6 

Willie Mays

Pitching records

Starts

 5 

Don Drysdale (left), Lefty Gomez, Robin Roberts

Appearances

10

Roger Clemens

Wins

 3 

Lefty Gomez

Strikeouts

19

Don Drysdale

Saves

 4 

Mariano Rivera

Year-by-year results

YEARWINNERVENUELOCATIONATTMVP
1933AL, 4-2Comiskey ParkChicago49,200--
1934AL, 9-7Polo GroundsNew York48,363--
1935AL, 4-1Municipal StadiumCleveland69,812--
1936NL, 4-3Braves FieldBoston25,556--
1937AL, 8-3Griffith StadiumWashington, DC31,391--
1938NL, 4-1Crosley FieldCincinnati27,607--
1939AL, 3-1 Yankee StadiumNew York62,892--
1940NL, 4-0Sportsman's ParkSt. Louis32,373--
1941AL, 7-5Briggs StadiumDetroit54,674--
1942AL, 3-1Polo GroundsNew York33,694--
1943AL, 5-3Shibe ParkPhiladelphia31,938--
1944NL, 7-1Forbes FieldPittsburgh29,589--
1945----No game----
1946AL, 12-0Fenway ParkBoston34,906--
1947AL, 2-1Wrigley FieldChicago41,123--
1948AL, 5-2Sportsman's ParkSt. Louis34,009--
1949AL, 11-7Ebbets FieldBrooklyn32,577--
1950NL, 4-3 (14)Comiskey ParkChicago46,127--
1951NL, 8-3Briggs StadiumDetroit52,075--
1952NL, 3-2 (5)Shibe ParkPhiladelphia32,785--
1953NL, 5-1Crosley FieldCincinnati30,846--
1954AL, 11-9Municipal StadiumCleveland68,751--
1955NL, 6-5 (12)County StadiumMilwaukee45,314--
1956NL, 7-3Griffith StadiumWashington, DC28,843--
1957AL, 6-5Sportsman's ParkSt. Louis30,693--
1958AL, 4-3Memorial StadiumBaltimore48,829--
1959AL, 5-3Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles55,105--
1959NL, 5-4Forbes FieldPittsburgh35,277--
1960NL, 6-0Yankee StadiumNew York38,362--
1960NL, 5-3Municipal StadiumKansas City30,619--
1961Tie, 1-1Fenway ParkBoston31,851--
1961NL, 5-4 (10)Candlestick ParkSan Francisco44,115--
1962AL, 9-4Wrigley FieldChicago38,359Leon Wagner
1962NL, 3-1D.C. StadiumWashington, DC45,480Maury Wills
1963NL, 5-3Municipal StadiumCleveland44,160Willie Mays
1964NL, 7-4Shea StadiumNew York50,850Johnny Callison
1965NL, 6-5Metropolitan StadiumBloomington, Minn.46,706Juan Marichal
1966NL, 2-1 (10)Busch Memorial StadiumSt. Louis49,936Brooks Robinson
1967NL, 2-1 (15)Anaheim StadiumAnaheim46,309Tony Perez
1968NL, 1-0AstrodomeHouston48,321Willie Mays
1969NL, 9-3R.F.K. Memorial StadiumWashington, DC45,259Willie McCovey
1970NL, 5-4 (12)Riverfront StadiumCincinnati51,838Carl Yastrzemski
1971AL, 6-4Tiger StadiumDetroit53,559Frank Robinson
1972NL, 4-3Atlanta-Fulton County StadiumAtlanta53,107Joe Morgan
1973NL, 7-1Royals StadiumKansas City40,849Bobby Bonds
1974NL, 7-2Three Rivers StadiumPittsburgh50,706Steve Garvey
1975NL, 6-3County StadiumMilwaukee51,480Bill Madlock, Jon Matlack
1976NL, 7-1Veterans StadiumPhiladelphia63,974George Foster
1977NL, 7-5Yankee StadiumNew York56,683Don Sutton
1978NL, 7-3San Diego StadiumSan Diego51,549Steve Garvey
1979NL, 7-6KingdomeSeattle58,905Dave Parker
1980NL, 4-2Dodger StadiumLos Angeles56,088Ken Griffey Sr.
1981NL, 5-4Municipal StadiumCleveland72,086Gary Carter
1982NL, 4-1Olympic StadiumMontreal59,057Dave Concepcion
1983AL, 13-3Comiskey ParkChicago43,801Fred Lynn
1984NL, 3-1Candlestick ParkSan Francisco57,756Gary Carter
1985NL, 6-1H. Humphrey MetrodomeMinneapolis54,960LaMarr Hoyt
1986AL, 3-2AstrodomeHouston45,774Roger Clemens
1987NL, 2-0 (13)Oakland-Alameda County ColiseumOakland49,671Tim Raines Sr.
1988AL, 2-1Riverfront StadiumCincinnati55,837Terry Steinbach
1989AL, 5-3Anaheim StadiumAnaheim64,036Bo Jackson
1990AL, 2-0Wrigley FieldChicago39,071Julio Franco
1991AL, 4-2SkyDomeToronto52,383Cal Ripken
1992AL, 13-6Jack Murphy StadiumSan Diego59,372Ken Griffey Jr.
1993AL, 9-3Oriole Park at Camden YardsBaltimore48,147Kirby Puckett
1994NL, 8-7 (10)Three Rivers StadiumPittsburgh59,568Fred McGriff
1995NL, 3-2The Ballpark at ArlingtonArlington50,920Jeff Conine
1996NL, 6-0Veterans StadiumPhiladelphia62,670Mike Piazza
1997AL, 3-1Jacobs FieldCleveland44,916Sandy Alomar Jr.
1998AL, 13-8Coors FieldDenver51,267Roberto Alomar
1999AL, 4-1Fenway ParkBoston34,187Pedro Martinez
2000AL, 6-3Turner FieldAtlanta51,323Derek Jeter
2001AL, 4-1Safeco FieldSeattle51,223Cal Ripken
2002Tie, 7-7 (11)Miller ParkMilwaukee41,871--
2003AL, 7-6U.S. Cellular FieldChicago47,609Garret Anderson
2004AL, 9-4Minute Maid ParkHouston41,886Alfonso Soriano
2005AL, 7-5Comerica ParkDetroit41,617Miguel Tejada
2006AL, 3-2PNC ParkPittsburgh38,904Michael Young
2007AL, 5-4AT&T ParkSan Francisco43,965Ichiro Suzuki
2008AL, 4-3 (15)Yankee StadiumNew York55,632J.D. Drew
2009AL, 4-3Busch StadiumSt. Louis46,760Carl Crawford
2010NL, 3-1Angel Stadium of AnaheimAnaheim45,408Brian McCann
2011NL, 5-1Chase FieldPhoenix47,994Prince Fielder
2012NL, 8-0Kauffman StadiumKansas City40,933Melky Cabrera
2013AL, 3-0Citi FieldNew York45,186Mariano Rivera

Next two games

2014

Minneapolis

Target Field

Capacity: 39,504

Seasons open

 4 

ASG at park

 0 

Years since last hosted

28

2015

Cincinnati

Great American Ball Park

Capacity: 42,319

Seasons open

 6 

ASG at park

 0 

Years since last hosted

25
SOURCES: MLB.com, baseball-almanac.com, baseball-reference.com

Luke Knox/Globe staff

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