Video: Standout Moments in MLB All-Star Game History
The 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game is upon us. The national pass-time’s showcase has provided countless highlights and memorable moments since 1933. Here are just a few of them:
1933 – Comiskey Park, Chicago: The first Major League Baseball All-Star game. Babe Ruth hits the first home run in All-Star Game history and makes a spectacular catch in the 8th inning. Fitting that the game’s greatest player shines in baseball’s inaugural showcase game.
1934 – Polo Grounds, New York: NL pitcher Carl Hubbell incredibly strikes out Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin in order in the first 2 innings. One of the greatest pitching feats ever.
1945 – No All-Star Game: Actually, a low-light. The only year since 1933 there was no All-Star Game. World War II and resulting travel restrictions forced cancellation.
1959 – Forbes Field, Pittsburgh: The first of 2 All-Star games for the year. For the first time, 2 games were played in order to bolster the players’ pension fund. The 2-a-year scheduling would continue for 3 more years.
1983 – Comiskey Park, Chicago: Fred Lynn hits the first grand slam in All-Star Game history. Amazingly, despite almost 80 years of great players participating, it is still the only All-Star grand slam.
2002 – Miller Park, Milwaukee: The second All-Star game ending in a tie. Team rosters were used up and Commissioner Bud Selig decided to call the game after 11 innings. The resulting reaction to this decision was a catalyst for the rule, beginning with the 2003 game, that the All-Star winning league’s champion would have home field advantage in the World Series for the that year. That rule is still in effect.
2012 - Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City: ?? Stay tuned.