All-Star Game History
Baseball is a world of opportunities - to succeed or to fail, to win or
to lose, to achieve unimaginable heights or sink to unfathomable depths
on a very public stage. Throughout the years, every franchise has
had its share of superstars - players who stand out above the rest,
achieving victory, excellence, and heterodoxy. There is only one
game that brings them all together at once, in the same place: the
Over the years, the All-Star Game has given us some of the most memorable moments in all of baseball history.
Perhaps the most remarkable accomplishment: in 1934, National League starter Carl Hubbell
struck out future Hall-of-Famers Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin in order in the first two innings.
The NL, however, eventually
lost the game, 9-7.
And who can forget Pedro in the 1999 game,
becoming the first pitcher in 140 All-Star starts to strike out the side in the
first inning? He set down former NL MVP Barry Larkin, two-time batting champion and
former NL MVP Larry Walker, and then the defending NL MVP Sammy Sosa - then rung
up home run king Mark McGwire for a fourth straight K. After Matt Williams
reached on an error by second baseman Roberto Alomar, Martinez got another
former NL MVP, Houston's Jeff Bagwell,
on a 3-2 curve. When Williams was caught stealing on the play, Martinez
walked off to a standing ovation, the hometown hero finished after 28 memorable
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Other memorable moments:
1993: The most memorable at-bat in the history of the Midsummer
Classic: John Kruk, the member of the Phillies least likely to finish the game in a clean uniform, stepped into the batter's
box at the first-ever All-Star Game to be held at Oriole Park at Camden
Yards. He faced American League starter Randy Johnson, the 6-foot 10-inch fireballer from Seattle.
The first pitch sails up and over Kruk's head, and Kruk - who had
never before seen Johnson pitch - spends the rest of the at-bat
flailing wildly, eyes half-closed, from as far away from the plate
as he can possible get while remaining inside the batter's
box. Several years later, in 1997, Colorado's Larry Walker bats
against Johnson. He puts his helmet on backwards and bats
right-handed for the first time in his career.
1946: After a year's interruption
due to war-time travel restrictions, the American League crushed the
National League in the most one-sided contest in All-Star Game
history, 12-0. Three American League pitchers - Bob Feller, Hal
Newhouser and Jack Kramer - combined to hold the National League to
three harmless singles. Ted Williams provides the highlight in front
of his hometown fans, setting or tying five records. He walked
once, singled twice and homered twice, including a three-run shot off of Rip
Sewell's supposedly unhomerable "ephus" pitch.
1970: The National
League ties the game 4-4 in the 9th, sending the game to extra
innings and setting the stage for one of the most memorable and controversial plays in All-Star Game history. After singling in front of the home crowd in Cincinnati and moving
to second on Billy Grabarewitz's single, Cincinnati's Pete Rose races home on yet another single by Jim Hickman. Without slowing down, Rose barrels into Indians catcher Ray Fosse, jarring the ball loose and giving the National League a 5-4 win.
1971: What happens when the wind is blowing out at an All-Star Game? Exactly what happened at Detroit's Tiger Stadium. Six
future Hall of Famers - Johnny Bench, Hank Aaron, Reggie Jackson, Frank Robinson, Harmon Killebrew and Roberto
Clemente - homer in the game to account for every run scored by both teams. Jackson's
blast, however, is especially memorable. With one on in the bottom of the third, the A's slugger rips a Dock Ellis pitch into a light tower on the roof of Tigers
Stadium - 520 feet from home plate!
1933: Babe Ruth
christens the very 1st All-Star game with a two-run homer. The Al
1997: Sandy Alomar Jr. hammered a game-deciding homer off Shawn Estes in the seventh inning in front of a thrilled home crowd.
1961: A gust of
wind blows San Francisco's Stu Miller off the mound at Candlestick
Park, causing him to balk.
Perez wins the longest game in All-Star history with a solo homer in
the 15th inning off Oakland's Catfish Hunter. The 2-1 game featured
1984: On the 50th anniversary of Carl Hubbell's five consecutive
All-Star Game strikeouts, Los Angeles' Fernando Valenzuela and Dwight Gooden of the Mets combine to go Hubbell one strikeout better at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. In the top of the fourth, Valenzuela sets down three Hall of Fame hitters: Dave Winfield, Reggie Jackson, and George Brett. Then,
an inning later, Gooden, who at 19 is the youngest player in All-Star Game history takes care of the next three American League batters: Lance Parrish, Chet Lemon, and Alvin Davis.
1983: Fred Lynn
blasts the one and only grand slam in All-Star history.
1950: In the
greatest comeback in All-Star Game history, St. Louis' Stan Musial,
who would go on to appear in an amazing 20 consecutive Midsummer
Classics, homers in the bottom of the 12th inning off Frank Sullivan
of the Red Sox to give the National League a thrilling 6-5 victory
at Milwaukee County Stadium. All Detroit outfielder Al Kaline could
do was watch Musial's ball sail into a crowd of excited fans.