A look at the history of Major League Baseball's annual showcase, starting with 15 memorable All-Star Game moments:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Willie Mays (left)
Don Drysdale (left), Lefty Gomez, Robin Roberts
|1933||AL, 4-2||Comiskey Park||Chicago||49,200||--|
|1934||AL, 9-7||Polo Grounds||New York||48,363||--|
|1935||AL, 4-1||Municipal Stadium||Cleveland||69,812||--|
|1936||NL, 4-3||Braves Field||Boston||25,556||--|
|1937||AL, 8-3||Griffith Stadium||Washington, DC||31,391||--|
|1938||NL, 4-1||Crosley Field||Cincinnati||27,607||--|
|1939||AL, 3-1||Yankee Stadium||New York||62,892||--|
|1940||NL, 4-0||Sportsman's Park||St. Louis||32,373||--|
|1941||AL, 7-5||Briggs Stadium||Detroit||54,674||--|
|1942||AL, 3-1||Polo Grounds||New York||33,694||--|
|1943||AL, 5-3||Shibe Park||Philadelphia||31,938||--|
|1944||NL, 7-1||Forbes Field||Pittsburgh||29,589||--|
|1946||AL, 12-0||Fenway Park||Boston||34,906||--|
|1947||AL, 2-1||Wrigley Field||Chicago||41,123||--|
|1948||AL, 5-2||Sportsman's Park||St. Louis||34,009||--|
|1949||AL, 11-7||Ebbets Field||Brooklyn||32,577||--|
|1950||NL, 4-3 (14)||Comiskey Park||Chicago||46,127||--|
|1951||NL, 8-3||Briggs Stadium||Detroit||52,075||--|
|1952||NL, 3-2 (5)||Shibe Park||Philadelphia||32,785||--|
|1953||NL, 5-1||Crosley Field||Cincinnati||30,846||--|
|1954||AL, 11-9||Municipal Stadium||Cleveland||68,751||--|
|1955||NL, 6-5 (12)||County Stadium||Milwaukee||45,314||--|
|1956||NL, 7-3||Griffith Stadium||Washington, DC||28,843||--|
|1957||AL, 6-5||Sportsman's Park||St. Louis||30,693||--|
|1958||AL, 4-3||Memorial Stadium||Baltimore||48,829||--|
|1959||AL, 5-3||Memorial Coliseum||Los Angeles||55,105||--|
|1959||NL, 5-4||Forbes Field||Pittsburgh||35,277||--|
|1960||NL, 6-0||Yankee Stadium||New York||38,362||--|
|1960||NL, 5-3||Municipal Stadium||Kansas City||30,619||--|
|1961||Tie, 1-1||Fenway Park||Boston||31,851||--|
|1961||NL, 5-4 (10)||Candlestick Park||San Francisco||44,115||--|
|1962||AL, 9-4||Wrigley Field||Chicago||38,359||Leon Wagner|
|1962||NL, 3-1||D.C. Stadium||Washington, DC||45,480||Maury Wills|
|1963||NL, 5-3||Municipal Stadium||Cleveland||44,160||Willie Mays|
|1964||NL, 7-4||Shea Stadium||New York||50,850||Johnny Callison|
|1965||NL, 6-5||Metropolitan Stadium||Bloomington, Minn.||46,706||Juan Marichal|
|1966||NL, 2-1 (10)||Busch Memorial Stadium||St. Louis||49,936||Brooks Robinson|
|1967||NL, 2-1 (15)||Anaheim Stadium||Anaheim||46,309||Tony Perez|
|1968||NL, 1-0||Astrodome||Houston||48,321||Willie Mays|
|1969||NL, 9-3||R.F.K. Memorial Stadium||Washington, DC||45,259||Willie McCovey|
|1970||NL, 5-4 (12)||Riverfront Stadium||Cincinnati||51,838||Carl Yastrzemski|
|1971||AL, 6-4||Tiger Stadium||Detroit||53,559||Frank Robinson|
|1972||NL, 4-3||Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium||Atlanta||53,107||Joe Morgan|
|1973||NL, 7-1||Royals Stadium||Kansas City||40,849||Bobby Bonds|
|1974||NL, 7-2||Three Rivers Stadium||Pittsburgh||50,706||Steve Garvey|
|1975||NL, 6-3||County Stadium||Milwaukee||51,480||Bill Madlock, Jon Matlack|
|1976||NL, 7-1||Veterans Stadium||Philadelphia||63,974||George Foster|
|1977||NL, 7-5||Yankee Stadium||New York||56,683||Don Sutton|
|1978||NL, 7-3||San Diego Stadium||San Diego||51,549||Steve Garvey|
|1979||NL, 7-6||Kingdome||Seattle||58,905||Dave Parker|
|1980||NL, 4-2||Dodger Stadium||Los Angeles||56,088||Ken Griffey Sr.|
|1981||NL, 5-4||Municipal Stadium||Cleveland||72,086||Gary Carter|
|1982||NL, 4-1||Olympic Stadium||Montreal||59,057||Dave Concepcion|
|1983||AL, 13-3||Comiskey Park||Chicago||43,801||Fred Lynn|
|1984||NL, 3-1||Candlestick Park||San Francisco||57,756||Gary Carter|
|1985||NL, 6-1||H. Humphrey Metrodome||Minneapolis||54,960||LaMarr Hoyt|
|1986||AL, 3-2||Astrodome||Houston||45,774||Roger Clemens|
|1987||NL, 2-0 (13)||Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum||Oakland||49,671||Tim Raines Sr.|
|1988||AL, 2-1||Riverfront Stadium||Cincinnati||55,837||Terry Steinbach|
|1989||AL, 5-3||Anaheim Stadium||Anaheim||64,036||Bo Jackson|
|1990||AL, 2-0||Wrigley Field||Chicago||39,071||Julio Franco|
|1991||AL, 4-2||SkyDome||Toronto||52,383||Cal Ripken|
|1992||AL, 13-6||Jack Murphy Stadium||San Diego||59,372||Ken Griffey Jr.|
|1993||AL, 9-3||Oriole Park at Camden Yards||Baltimore||48,147||Kirby Puckett|
|1994||NL, 8-7 (10)||Three Rivers Stadium||Pittsburgh||59,568||Fred McGriff|
|1995||NL, 3-2||The Ballpark at Arlington||Arlington||50,920||Jeff Conine|
|1996||NL, 6-0||Veterans Stadium||Philadelphia||62,670||Mike Piazza|
|1997||AL, 3-1||Jacobs Field||Cleveland||44,916||Sandy Alomar Jr.|
|1998||AL, 13-8||Coors Field||Denver||51,267||Roberto Alomar|
|1999||AL, 4-1||Fenway Park||Boston||34,187||Pedro Martinez|
|2000||AL, 6-3||Turner Field||Atlanta||51,323||Derek Jeter|
|2001||AL, 4-1||Safeco Field||Seattle||51,223||Cal Ripken|
|2002||Tie, 7-7 (11)||Miller Park||Milwaukee||41,871||--|
|2003||AL, 7-6||U.S. Cellular Field||Chicago||47,609||Garret Anderson|
|2004||AL, 9-4||Minute Maid Park||Houston||41,886||Alfonso Soriano|
|2005||AL, 7-5||Comerica Park||Detroit||41,617||Miguel Tejada|
|2006||AL, 3-2||PNC Park||Pittsburgh||38,904||Michael Young|
|2007||AL, 5-4||AT&T Park||San Francisco||43,965||Ichiro Suzuki|
|2008||AL, 4-3 (15)||Yankee Stadium||New York||55,632||J.D. Drew|
|2009||AL, 4-3||Busch Stadium||St. Louis||46,760||Carl Crawford|
|2010||NL, 3-1||Angel Stadium of Anaheim||Anaheim||45,408||Brian McCann|
|2011||NL, 5-1||Chase Field||Phoenix||47,994||Prince Fielder|
|2012||NL, 8-0||Kauffman Stadium||Kansas City||40,933||Melky Cabrera|
|2013||AL, 3-0||Citi Field||New York||45,186||Mariano Rivera|
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