MLB All-Star Game 2012: The 50 Most Memorable Moments in All-Star Game History

Doug MeadCorrespondent IJuly 9, 2012

MLB All-Star Game 2012: The 50 Most Memorable Moments in All-Star Game History

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    On Tuesday, the 83rd edition of the MLB All-Star Game will take place in Kansas City.

    Almost exactly 80 years ago, Chicago Tribune sports editor Arch Ward came up with the idea of putting together stars from both the American and National Leagues, pitting them against each other in an exhibition game.

    The game was originally intended to be a one-time event, to coincide with the World's Fair held in Chicago that year. However, 80 years later, the game serves as the oldest and longest-running All-Star game of any major North American professional sport.

    Baseball's biggest and brightest stars have come together every summer since 1933 to show off their skills on the grandest of stages. While the results and highlights aren't scintillating every year, there have nonetheless been some memorable plays and events in the game's history.

    Here are 50 of the greatest and most memorable moments in MLB All-Star Game history.

     

    Note: This presentation will reference excerpts from an article written by myself in July 2011.

50. 1974: Steve Garvey Writes His Way in to Glory

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    In 1970, Atlanta Braves outfielder Rico Carty became the first player ever to start an All-Star Game as a write-in candidate, playing alongside future Hall of Fame greats Hank Aaron and Willie Mays in a star-studded outfield.

    Just four years later, Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Steve Garvey became the second player ever to start an All-Star Game after not appearing on the original ballot, and Garvey paid back his fans with a memorable performance.

    Garvey would go 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, helping lead the National League to a 7-2 victory, their third win in a row in the Midsummer Classic.

49. 1957: Ballot-Box Stuffing

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    The 1957 MLB All-Star Game was made memorable for one very distinct and controversial event: ballot-box stuffing.

    The National League starting lineup consisted of St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Stan Musial—and seven members of the Cincinnati Reds.

    Fans selected Johnny Temple (2B), Roy McMillan (SS), Don Hoak (3B), Ed Bailey (C), Frank Robinson (LF), Gus Bell (CF) and Wally Post (RF) to start.

    There was an immediate outcry. An MLB investigation thereafter showed that well over half of the NL ballots cast came from the Cincinnati area.

    MLB commissioner Ford Frick replaced Bell and Post in the starting lineup with Hank Aaron and Willie Mays, and for the next 11 seasons, fan balloting for All-Star starters was eliminated.

48. 1949: African-Americans Break All-Star Color Barrier

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    In 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first African-American since 1880 to break the color barrier in Major League Baseball.

    Just two years later, Robinson and three others would do the same in the MLB All-Star Game.

    Robinson, Larry Doby, Roy Campanella and Don Newcombe all participated in the 1949 Midsummer Classic at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn.

47. 1953: Ted Williams Returns from War

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    In January 1952, Boston Red Sox left fielder Ted Williams was recalled from inactive service to serve for the United States in the Korean War.

    Williams played in only six games before reporting in April 1952. He would miss the rest of that season and the first half of 1953.

    Despite missing the entire 1953 season due to his military service up to that point, Williams was still selected to the All-Star team.

    Just four days after he was discharged, Williams threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Crosley Field in Cincinnati.

46. 1938: Johnny Vander Meer Shines After Double No-No

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    In June 1938, Cincinnati Reds pitcher Johnny Vander Meer had performed a feat never seen before in Major League Baseball, and hasn't been seen since.

    Vander Meer fired back-to-back no-hitters against the Boston Bees and Brooklyn Dodgers, and just three weeks later was named the starting pitcher in the MLB All-Star Game at Crosley Field.

    Vander Meer didn't disappoint, allowing just one hit in three innings of work, earning the victory in a 4-1 win over the American League.

45. 1943: Night Falls on Midsummer Classic

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    On May 24, 1935, night baseball was introduced for the first time at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. Eight years later, the All-Star Game was conducted under the lights for the first time as well.

    Shibe Park in Philadelphia was the scene of the inaugural night-time All-Star Game.

    It would be many years before the game was played strictly at night, but the American League found night ball to be to their liking, defeating the National League, 5-3, for their eighth win in 11 tries.

44. 2010: Brian McCann Ends Long NL Drought

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    Entering the MLB All-Star Game in 2010, the National League had not tasted victory since 1996, a string of 13 consecutive losses and one very controversial tie.

    Enter Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann.

    With the American League clinging to a 1-0 lead in the top of the seventh inning, New York Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes gave up back-to-back singles, prompting manager Joe Girardi to lift him in favor of Chicago White Sox reliever Matt Thornton.

    Thornton got center fielder Chris Young on a pop-up, but then yielded a walk to Marlon Byrd, loading the bases.

    McCann, who had entered the game as a pinch-hitter for starting catcher Yadier Molina in the fifth inning, ripped a double down the right field line, scoring all three baserunners and giving the National League a 3-1 victory. It ended their 14-year drought.

43. 2006: Michael Young Delivers in Clutch

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    In 2006, the American League was down to their final out and their final strike in the All-Star Game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

    It's a good thing that Texas Rangers second baseman Michael Young wasn't so bothered by that fact.

    Facing future Hall of Fame closer Trevor Hoffman, Young delivered a two-out, two-strike triple, scoring both Jose Lopez and Troy Glaus with the tying and go-ahead runs, giving the American League a 3-2 victory to extend their winning streak to 10 games over the National League.

42. 1997: Larry Walker Becomes a Switch-Hitter for First Time

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    In a scene reminiscent of four years earlier, the 1997 MLB All-Star Game featured an epic at-bat between Colorado Rockies right fielder Larry Walker and Seattle Mariners pitcher Randy Johnson.

    Walker, who, at the time, was leading the majors with a .398 batting average, came up to bat in his customary position on the left side of the plate against Johnson in the top of the second inning.

    In 1993, Johnson famously sailed a pitch above the head of Philadelphia Phillies slugger John Kruk. On this night, Johnson repeated that pitch over the head of Walker.

    Walker took it a little better than Kruk, laughing about it before flipping his batting helmet around and facing Johnson from the right side of the plate.

    Walker fared better than Kruk as well, eventually drawing a walk.

41. 1995: Conine Delivers Last of Three Solo Shots in NL Victory

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    In the 1995 MLB All-Star Game at The Ballpark in Arlington, the National League was facing a 2-0 deficit heading into the sixth inning.

    That's when the NL started chipping away.

    Facing Dennis Martinez in the top of the sixth, Houston Astros second baseman Craig Biggio hit a solo home run, cutting the lead to 2-1.

    The next inning, Mike Piazza delivered, this time hitting a solo shot off Kenny Rogers to pull the NL into a 2-2 tie.

    In the top of the eighth, the Florida Marlins' Jeff Conine led off, pinch-hitting for designated hitter Ron Gant.

    Facing Steve Ontiveros, Conine launched another solo blast, giving the National League a 3-2 lead that they would not relinquish. For his efforts, Conine was named the All-Star Game MVP.

40. 1972: Aaron Delights Home Crowd in First All-Star Game in Deep South

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    In 1972, Atlanta Stadium was the site of the MLB All-Star Game, the first time in history the Midsummer Classic had ever been hosted in the South.

    Local favorite Hank Aaron started in right field, playing in his 22nd All-Star Game. In the bottom of the sixth, with Cesar Cedeno on first, Aaron crushed a Gaylord Perry pitch, sending it over the fence in left-center field for a two-run homer, giving the NL a 3-2 lead.

    It would be another 25 years before a player from a host team would hit a home run in the All-Star Game (1997, Sandy Alomar, Cleveland Indians).

39. 1972: Joe Morgan Delivers in Walk-off Fashion

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    After Hank Aaron homered to give the National League a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning of the 1972 MLB All-Star Game in Atlanta, the NL was unable to hold onto that lead.

    Kansas City Royals second baseman Cookie Rojas, pinch-hitting for Rod Carew, hit a two-run homer to give his AL squad a 4-3 lead in the eighth inning.

    The National League refused to give up, however. They evened the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the ninth, sending the game to extra innings.

    In the bottom of the 10th, San Diego Padres first baseman Nate Colbert walked to start the frame.

    After Chris Speier successfully sacrificed Colbert to second, Cincinnati Reds second baseman Joe Morgan drove a sharp single to right-center field, scoring Colbert and giving the NL a walk-off 4-3 victory.

38. 1984: Dale Murphy Adds All-Important Insurance Run

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    Throughout his pretty incredible 18-year career, Atlanta Braves center fielder Dale Murphy provided plenty of thrills. In the 1984 MLB All-Star Game, he provided one more.

    With his National League team clinging to a 2-1 lead, Murphy, who at the time was the reigning two-time NL MVP, launched a mammoth solo shot off Detroit Tigers closer Willie Hernandez to give his team an all-important insurance run and a 3-1 lead.

37. 1976: The World Sees the Bird

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    In 1976, the Detroit Tigers introduced starting pitcher Mark Fidrych, who made his major league debut on April 20 and would make his first start just three weeks later.

    On June 28, Fidrych started for the Tigers in a game against the New York Yankees. With the game televised on Monday Night Baseball, fans across the country saw Fidrych and his quirky ways on the mound for the first time.

    Fidrych didn't disappoint, allowing just one run on seven hits in an 8-1 complete-game victory.

    Just over two weeks later, Fidrych was named as the starter for the American League in the All-Star Game. While he gave up two runs and was tagged with the loss, Fidrych's legendary antics were the talk of the town.

36. 2003: This Time It Counts

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    When the American and National Leagues got together to play the All-Star Game on July 15, 2003, at US Cellular Field in Chicago, they were no longer playing in an exhibition game.

    This time, it counted.

    Because of the events in the prior year's All-Star Game that led to a 7-7 tie in extra innings, MLB commissioner Bud Selig decided to make sure that scene was never repeated. He declared that the league who was victorious in the All-Star Game would host that year's World Series.

    The American League would win that year, 7-6, giving the New York Yankees the extra home game in the World Series.

35. 1967: Perez Finally Ends Marathon Affair

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    The 1967 MLB All-Star Game saw Anaheim Stadium hosting the contest for the very first time, and they absolutely made it memorable.

    The American and National Leagues battled it out for 14 innings in front of 46,309 fans.

    In the top of the 15th, Kansas City A's pitcher Catfish Hunter, working his fifth inning in relief for the AL, served up a pitch to Cincinnati Reds third baseman Tony Perez that was to his liking, depositing it into the left-field seats for a solo home run.

    Tom Seaver would pitch a scoreless inning in relief for the NL in the bottom of the 15th inning, giving his team a 2-1 victory in the longest All-Star Game ever played up to that point.

34. 1973: Willie Mays Makes Final All-Star Appearance

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    On July 24, 1973, Willie Mays played in his 24th All-Star Game. It marked the final Midsummer Classic appearance for a man whom Ted Williams once said, "They invented the All-Star Game for Willie Mays."

    Mays would only register one at-bat on this day, striking out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning. However, Mays still holds the All-Star Game record for most hits (23) and runs scored (20).

     

    Reference: History.com

33. 1944: Phil Cavarretta Steals the Show

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    In 1944, America was at war, and many of its stars had enlisted in the effort to defeat the Axis Powers. However, many of the game’s current stars were still playing, and the 12th MLB All-Star Game was played at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh.

    Chicago Cubs first baseman Phil Cavarretta, who would go on to win the National League MVP award the following year in 1945, became the first player ever to reach base safely five times in an All-Star Game, with two singles and three walks.

    Cavarretta was a four-time All-Star between 1944-1947 and would go on to play 20 seasons with the Cubs before retiring as a member of the crosstown Chicago White Sox in 1955.

     

    Reference: Bleacher Report

32. 1992: Junior Puts on a Show

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    On July 14, 1992, the 63rd MLB All-Star Game was played at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, the childhood home of one of baseball’s greatest hitters, Ted Williams. In fact, Williams threw out the first pitch, much to the delight of the crowd of 59,372 in attendance.

    For the Seattle Mariners’ 22-year-old center fielder Ken Griffey Jr., being selected to the All-Star team was already becoming old hat—it was his third selection in a row by the fans. In the 1992 Midsummer Classic, Griffey did not disappoint.

    Griffey was 3-for-3 with a mammoth home run, and his teammates collected another 16 hits on their way to a 13-6 rout of starter Tom Glavine and the National League. Griffey was selected as the game’s MVP.

     

    Reference: Bleacher Report

31. 1954: Al Rosen Belts Two Despite Broken Finger

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    The 21st annual MLB All-Star Game took place at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, and hometown star first baseman Al Rosen stole the show for his team and his legion of fans.

    Rosen, who was the American League MVP the year before, was playing the All-Star Game with a broken finger, something that would likely never happen in today’s world.

    Despite the injury, Rosen belted two home runs, becoming the third player to hit two home runs in an All-Star Game (Arky Vaughan in 1941, Ted Williams in 1946). He led the American League with a 17-hit assault to defeat the NL, 11-9.

     

    Reference: Bleacher Report

30. 1987: Reserve Expo Rises to MVP Glory

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    In 1987, the MLB All-Star Game was played at cavernous Oakland-Alameda County Stadium, which was without question a pitcher-friendly ballpark. As a result, runs were scarce, even for the best players assembled that season.

    Montreal Expos outfielder Tim Raines was selected as a reserve that season, and in the bottom of the sixth inning, he replaced Cincinnati Reds center fielder Eric Davis.

    The game remained tied until the top of the 13th inning. With hometown A’s reliever Jay Howell on the mound with two outs and two men on base, Raines ripped a triple, scoring both Ozzie Virgil and Hubie Brooks with the only runs of the game, giving the National League a 2-0 victory.

    Raines collected three of the NL’s eight hits and was named the game’s MVP.

     

    Reference: Bleacher Report

29. 1937: Lou Gehrig Makes Final Start Count

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    In 1937, iron man Lou Gehrig, the great New York Yankees first baseman, was on his way to another stellar campaign after winning the 1936 American League MVP award.

    With the game being played in the nation’s capital, President Franklin D. Roosevelt threw out the first pitch, and then the American League completely dominated, with Yankee players Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Bill Dickey and Red Rolfe all contributing.

    Gehrig went 2-for-4, including a home run off St. Louis Cardinals pitching great Dizzy Dean, and he collected four RBI.

    It was the last All-Star Game that Gehrig would start in his illustrious career.

     

    Reference: Bleacher Report

29. 1937: Dean Sees Career Altered by Line Drive

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    In the bottom of the third inning in the 1937 All-Star Game, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Dizzy Dean had just given up a two-run home run to New York Yankees legendary first baseman Lou Gehrig.

    His afternoon was about to get a whole lot worse.

    The very next batter, Cleveland Indians center fielder Earl Averill, hit a low screamer back towards the pitchers' mound, striking Dean on his left foot and fracturing a bone.

    Dean rushed to get back on the field later that season, but in the process he hurt his arm after altering his delivery to avoid putting pressure on his still-ailing left foot. He was never the same again.

27. 1996: Piazza Finds Home Cooking to His Liking

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    For Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Mike Piazza, the chance to start in the 1996 MLB All-Star Game in Philadelphia was special indeed. Growing up in nearby Norristown as a Phillies fan, Piazza made his appearance at Veterans Stadium memorable indeed.

    Leading off the bottom of the second inning against Cleveland Indians pitcher Charles Nagy, Piazza launched Nagy’s second pitch deep into the night and over the left-field fence for a home run.

    Piazza’s homer traveled an estimated 445 feet, a monstrous shot indeed. Piazza would later double off Chuck Finley to score Barry Larkin, and a 2-for-3 effort won Piazza the game’s MVP award.

     

    Reference: Bleacher Report

26. 1981: Carter Helps Bring Baseball Back from Abyss

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    The 1981 MLB All-Star Game was only the second game ever played in August (second All-Star Game of 1959 was played on Aug. 3).

    Due to the players’ strike that lasted from June 12 to July 31, the season was split into two halves, and the game was to serve as the kickoff for the second half, which was to start the day after the All-Star Game.

    On Aug. 9, 1981, a record 72,086 fans showed up at Cleveland Stadium to welcome back the baseball season.

    The National League registered all of its five runs on home runs, two of them by Montreal Expos catcher Gary Carter. For his efforts, Carter was named the game’s MVP.

     

    Reference: Bleacher Report

25. 1978: Carew Legs out a Record

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    The 1978 MLB All-Star Game was the first to be played in San Diego, and the American League jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead, largely on the strength of two triples hit by Minnesota Twins first baseman Rod Carew.

    Carew opened the game by hitting a triple off NL starting pitcher Vida Blue, later scoring on a double by Kansas City Royals third baseman George Brett.

    On Carew’s next at-bat, again facing Blue in the top of the third inning, Carew led off with another triple to center field. He would again score, this time on a sacrifice fly by Brett.

    It is the only time in All-Star Game history that a player has registered two triples in one game.

     

    Reference: Bleacher Report

24. 2002: Hunter Commits Highway Bonds Robbery

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    The 2002 MLB All-Star Game was made famous for the tie game that resulted in future games being played for home-field advantage in the World Series.

    However, one particular event occurred in the 2002 game at Miller Park in Milwaukee that may have been one of the best defensive plays ever recorded in All-Star history.

    Minnesota Twins center fielder Torii Hunter, appearing in his very first All-Star Game, made an incredible catch to rob single-season home run champ Barry Bonds of a homer in the bottom of the first inning.

    Hunter, a Gold Glove winner for nine consecutive seasons, showed the baseball world why in the first inning.

    Click HERE to see the incredible catch.

     

    Reference: Bleacher Report

23. 1970: Yastrzemski's MVP Award Overshadowed

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    While many people equate the 1970 MLB All-Star Game to the Pete Rose-Ray Fosse collision, the game itself was one of the more memorable games in the history of the Midsummer Classic.

    The American League held a 4-1 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth when the NL exploded for three runs to tie it, sending the game into extra innings and resulting in one of the most famous collisions in MLB history.

    However, very few remember the fact that American League starting center fielder Carl Yastrzemski would go on to lose that year’s batting title by just .0004 to California Angels outfielder Alex Johnson.

    Yaz collected four hits during the game for the losing AL team, becoming only the second player to be named MVP from a losing team.

     

    Reference: Bleacher Report

22. 2007: Ichiro Streaks Around Bases for All-Star First

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    AT&T Park in San Francisco is without a doubt one of the most gorgeous parks in the majors, and the outfield fences feature contours that are funky to say the least, none more so than in right field.

    In the top of the fifth inning, Suzuki settled into the plate, where he ripped a Chris Young fastball into the deepest portion of the outfield in right-center field. Ken Griffey Jr. chased after the ball, but it caromed off an All-Star banner that was placed on the wall and just kept on bounding away.

    By the time Griffey recovered and overthrew two cutoff men, Suzuki was around the bases for a two-run inside-the-park home run, giving the AL a 2-1 lead and Suzuki the game's MVP.

    It was the first inside-the-park home run in All-Star Game history, and the third of three hits for Suzuki on the night.

    See the video HERE.

     

    Reference: Bleacher Report

21. 1969: McCovey Continues Magical Run in All-Star Game

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    At RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., the 1969 MLB All-Star Game featured a first baseman from the San Francisco Giants who was having a year for the ages.

    Willie McCovey was on his way to winning the NL MVP award, with 45 home runs, 126 RBI and a .320 average. Not bad for a man playing second fiddle to the great Willie Mays.

    However, on this night, July 23, 1969, McCovey took center stage. McCovey blasted two two-run homers, helping to power the National League to a 9-3 victory over the AL.

     

    Reference: Bleacher Report

20. 1946: Williams Figures out Eephus Pitch

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    For Boston Red Sox left fielder Ted Williams, the 1946 season represented a return to baseball after serving three years as a Marine Corps pilot in World War II. The All-Star Game was also returning from a one-year absence due to travel time restrictions in the US during 1945.

    Williams played like he had never left, winning the American League MVP that season and leading his Red Sox to the 1946 World Series later on that season. However, the All-Star Game was hosted at Williams’ home field, Fenway Park.

    Williams was without a doubt the story of the game, going 4-for-4 with two home runs, the last a towering three-run blast against the infamous “eephus pitch” thrown by Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Rip Sewell.

     

    Reference: Bleacher Report

19. 1999: Introduction of All-Century Team

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    In 1999, Fenway Park in Boston was the scene for the 70th edition of the MLB All-Star Game. However, it was the pregame festivities that brought tears to the eyes of many a baseball fan.

    MLB introduced its All-Century Team nominees, with many of baseball's living legends in attendance. The shining moment of the festivities came when Boston's own Ted Williams was introduced, bringing the capacity crowd to its feet for many minutes.

    Current All-Stars scrambled just to get a chance to shake Williams' hand and share a few words.

18. 1985: What's This New Home Run Derby Thing?

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    In 1985, Major League Baseball introduced a new and exciting competition to be held on the Monday prior to the All-Star Game: the Home Run Derby.

    The original derby included five hitters each from the American and National Leagues. In that first year, five future Hall of Famers were included: Jim Rice, Eddie Murray, Cal Ripken Jr., Ryne Sandberg and Carlton Fisk.

    Cincinnati Reds slugger Dave Parker stole the show, however, belting six home runs to take home the honors.

17. 2002: The Tie to End All Ties

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    The 2002 MLB All-Star Game became famous for three reasons. For one, the All-Star Final Vote competition was first introduced, with Johnny Damon and Andruw Jones selected by the fans to take the 30th and final roster spot for the AL and NL, respectively (now 34th man).

    The second reason was the fact that the game itself resulted in a 7-7 tie after 11 innings, and both teams had run out of players and pitchers.

    Finally, there was no MVP selected due to the fact that the game ended in a tie. The following season introduced the first All-Star Game that gave World Series home-field advantage to the winner of the All-Star Game.

    Talk about the ultimate sister-kisser.

     

    Reference: Bleacher Report

16. 1964: Callison Does the Walk-off Dance

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    In 1963 and 1964, Boston Red Sox reliever Dick “The Monster” Radatz was the most dominant relief pitcher in the AL, with two seasons that actually garnered him consideration in voting for the AL MVP both years.

    After a 1963 season that saw Radatz win 15 games as a reliever with a 1.97 ERA, he opened 1964 in similar fashion and was selected as an All-Star for the second straight season.

    Radatz came on in relief for the American League in the 1964 MLB All-Star Game in the top of the seventh, pitching two scoreless innings.

    In the bottom of the ninth, Radatz came out for a third inning of relief. Radatz quickly got in trouble, allowing one run on a single to Orlando Cepeda to tie the score at 4-4.

    Radatz got Ken Boyer on a pop-up to third, intentionally walked Johnny Edwards and struck out Milwaukee Braves slugger Hank Aaron.

    Up stepped Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Johnny Callison. Radatz delivered, and then Callison delivered, hitting a three-run homer to right field for a 7-4 walk-off win for the National League.

     

    Reference: Bleacher Report

15. 1983: Lynn Clears Bases for First Time in All-Star History

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    The 1983 MLB All-Star Game was played at Comiskey Park in Chicago, the site of the very first All-Star Game 50 years prior. The American League had not won a Midsummer Classic since 1971 and were itching to break the streak.

    With the game 2-1 in favor of the AL heading into the bottom of the third inning, the AL broke loose with seven runs, highlighted by the only grand-slam home run in the history of the All-Star Game, hit by California Angels center fielder Fred Lynn.

     

    Reference: Bleacher Report

14. 1993: Kruk Completely Bails on Johnson

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    In 1993, Philadelphia Phillies first baseman John Kruk was enjoying a pretty successful season, hitting .350 with nine HR and 51 RBI at the All-Star break.

    However, nothing could have prepared him for his at-bat against the imposing Randy Johnson of the Seattle Mariners.

    Johnson, at 6'10", was already an intimidating presence on the mound. But he also still had a bit of wild steak early in his career.

    Kruk certainly saw a bit of that wild streak in this at-bat.

13. 1994: Gwynn's Mad Dash Ends Long NL Losing Streak

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    On July 12, 1994, the National League was on the verge of losing their seventh consecutive All-Star Game. Headed into the ninth inning, the NL trailed by two, 7-5, and the American League had heralded closer Lee Smith on the mound.

    However, Smith gave up a walk to Marquis Grissom. After Craig Biggio hit into a fielder's choice, Fred McGriff stepped up as a pinch-hitter for Randy Myers.

    McGriff launched a Smith offering into the center-field seats, notching the game at 7-7 heading into extra innings.

    In the bottom of the 10th, San Diego Padres right fielder Tony Gwynn singled off new pitcher Jason Bere. Montreal Expos left fielder Moises Alou then drove a ball into the left-center field gap.

    Gwynn, not particularly known for his blazing speed, raced around the bases, just barely beating the tag applied by catcher Ivan Rodriguez to plate the winning run for the National League and end their six-game losing streak.

12. Bo Knows All-Star Glory

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    The 1989 MLB All-Star Game, played at Anaheim Stadium, featured two-sport star and former Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson starting in left field for the American League.

    Jackson, playing for the Kansas City Royals, was well on his way to hitting 30 homers and 100 RBI that season. For the first and only time, he was selected by the fans to start in the All-Star Game.

    After the National League got to AL starting pitcher Dave Stewart for two runs in the top of the first, San Francisco Giants pitcher Rick Reuschel took the mound to face the AL's leadoff hitter, Jackson.

    After falling behind in the count 0-2, Jackson took a Reuschel offering and deposited it 448 feet away for a mammoth home run.

    The majestic shot by Jackson cut the lead to 2-1, and Boston Red Sox third baseman Wade Boggs followed with another home run over the left-center field wall, tying the game at 2-2.

    It was the first time in All-Star Game history that either league opened with back-to-back home runs. Jackson drove in another run on a groundout in the second, finishing the game 2-for-4 with two RBI and winning the All-Star Game MVP.

     

    Reference: Bleacher Report

11. 2008: Longest Game in All-Star History

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    Texas Rangers infielder Michael Young had already tasted All-Star Game glory in his career, delivering a clutch two-out, two-strike triple to plate the tying and go-ahead runs in the 2006 Midsummer Classic.

    In 2008, Young delivered once again.

    Yankee Stadium was hosting the All-Star Game that year, just months before the House that Ruth Built was to be torn down in favor of the new Yankee Stadium.

    Yankee Stadium went out in style, featuring the longest game in All-Star history.

    Four hours and 50 minutes after the game started, Young hit a sacrifice fly to right field in the bottom of the 15th inning, scoring Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau with the winning run in the 4-3 victory for the American League.

10. 1979: Parker Unleashes a Cannon

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    Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Dave Parker was known to have a terrific arm, but in 1979, the entire baseball world got to see just how good it really was.

    Parker gunned down a streaking Brian Downing at the plate after unleashing an absolute cannon shot from right field, effectively killing a rally for the American League and keeping the score tied at 6-6.

    The National League would score in top of the ninth to secure their eighth straight All-Star Game win.

9. 1933: None Other Than Babe Himself Hits All-Star First

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    When Chicago Tribune sports editor Arch Ward came up with the idea of an All-Star game between the American and National Leagues in 1933, he conceived of the exhibition game to be part of the Chicago World’s Fair. At the time was considered to be a one-time event.

    Held at Comiskey Park, the American League started with a lineup that included 38-year-old Babe Ruth in right field. While Ruth still hit 34 home runs in 1933, his skills were clearly on the decline.

    However, in the bottom of the third, after a walk to Detroit Tigers second baseman Charlie Gehringer, Ruth followed with a two-run home run, marking the first home run in All-Star Game history.

    It was certainly fitting that the original home run king would be the one to hit the blast.

     

    Reference: Bleacher Report

8. 1984: NL Young Guns Rule the Day

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    The 1984 MLB All-Star Game, played at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, featured two of the National League’s rising stars on the mound—23-year-old Fernando Valenzuela of the Los Angeles Dodgers and 19-year-old rookie pitcher Dwight Gooden of the New York Mets.

    Gooden, who would go on to win the 1984 NL Rookie of the Year award, followed Valenzuela to the mound. Valenzuela struck out the side in the top of the fourth, and Gooden took the mound in the top of the fifth.

    Facing the Nos. 7, 8 and 9 hitters, 19-year-old Gooden struck out Lance Parrish, Chet Lemon and pinch-hitter Alvin Davis in his first All-Star appearance. It was a remarkable run for two of the National League’s bright young pitching stars.

     

    Reference: Bleacher Report

7. 1971: Jackson Uncorks a Missile

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    In 1971 at Tiger Stadium in Detroit, Oakland A’s right fielder Reggie Jackson was making his second appearance as an All-Star for the American League.

    Jackson entered the game in the bottom of the third inning with the AL behind 3-0, and Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis on the mound for the NL.

    After Boston Red Sox shortstop Luis Aparicio singled to start the inning, Jackson came to bat as a pinch-hitter for Oakland A’s starter Vida Blue.

    With the wind blowing out, Jackson took an Ellis offering and deposited it on the roof of Tigers Stadium into a light tower—the blast was estimated at 520 feet.

    It was one of six homers hit that day that accounted for every run scored, and the AL prevailed, 6-4.

    To this day, Jackson’s homer is considered the longest in All-Star Game history.

     

    Reference: Bleacher Report

6. 1941: Williams Steps out of DiMaggio's Shadow

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    In the 1941 MLB All-Star Game at Briggs Stadium in Detroit, the two stars that shined in 1941, Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams, were batting third and fourth for the American League All-Star team.

    DiMaggio was in the midst of his 56-game hitting streak, which would come to an end eight days after the All-Star Game, and Williams was hitting .405 at the break.

    With the AL trailing in the game 5-3 heading into the bottom of the ninth, they waged a fierce rally. With Chicago Cubs pitcher Claude Passeau on the mound and the bases loaded with one out, DiMaggio reached first when Brooklyn Dodgers second baseman Billy Herman was unable to turn a game-ending double play.

    Ken Keltner scored on the play, trimming the NL lead to 5-4.

    Williams stepped to the plate and hit a walk-off three-run homer, giving the American League an improbable 7-5 victory.

    Williams would go on to hit .406, the last man ever to hit .400 or above in the majors.

     

    Reference: Bleacher Report

5. 1999: Pedro Does a Carl Hubbell Impersonation

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    While the 1999 MLB All-Star Game was famous for its introduction of the All-Century Team nominees, it also became famous for a legendary performance.

    Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez was taking the mound for the American League. Martinez entered the break with a record of 15-3, a 2.10 ERA and an amazing 184 strikeouts in 132.2 innings.

    Facing Barry Larkin, Larry Walker and Sammy Sosa in the top of the first, Martinez struck out the side, and then opened the top of the second inning by striking out Mark McGwire.

    After Matt Williams reached on an error, Martinez then struck out Jeff Bagwell on a 3-2 curve, with Williams being thrown out on a strike-him-out, throw-him-out double play.

    Martinez was greeted to a standing ovation from the hometown crowd. He would later win the All-Star Game MVP award.

    Martinez became the first AL pitcher to win an All-Star Game at his home field, and he tied an American League record with five strikeouts.

     

    Reference: Bleacher Report

4. 1955: Musial Ends Classic All-Star Game in Grand Fashion

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    The 1955 MLB All-Star Game took place at Milwaukee County Stadium, the home of the NL's Milwaukee Braves. The American League jumped out with four runs in the top of the first, highlighted by a three-run homer from New York Yankees center fielder Mickey Mantle.

    The AL would tack on one more run and headed into the seventh inning with a 5-0 lead.

    However, the National League stormed back, scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh and adding three more in the eighth to knot the game at 5-5. The game would drag on to the bottom of the 12th inning.

    National League left fielder Stan Musial, who was 0-for-3 with a walk at that point, stepped to the plate against Boston Red Sox pitcher Frank Sullivan, who was working his fourth inning. Musial drilled a walk-off home run to right field, ending one of the most thrilling All-Star Games in history up to that point.

     

    Reference: Bleacher Report

3. 1934: Hubbell Deals Masterfully with Murderers' Row

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    Murderers' Row, it was called at the time, featured Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin—all of them headed to the Hall of Fame. On July 10, 1934, at the Polo Grounds in New York, New York Giants pitcher Carl Hubbell mowed them down in succession.

    After giving up a single and a walk, Hubbell went through Murderers' Row, and after giving up a single to Bill Dickey, he struck out Lefty Gomez for good measure.

    Two innings, six strikeouts: complete dominance.

     

    Reference: Bleacher Report

2. 1970: The Rose/Fosse Showdown

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    Cincinnati Reds outfielder Pete Rose was selected as a reserve for the 1970 All-Star Game for the National League and replaced starter Hank Aaron in right field to start the top of the fifth.

    In the bottom of ninth inning with the National League trailing 4-1, they came roaring back with three runs to put the game into extra innings.

    In the bottom of the 12th, American League pitcher Clyde Wright registered the first two outs before Rose singled to center field. Billy Grabarkewitz followed with another single, and Jim Hickman stepped to the plate.

    What happened next has become one of the most-watched baseball videos in history. While Rose didn’t have a particularly great game (1-for-3, one run scored), the collision with American League catcher Ray Fosse is one that is considered one of the greatest plays in All-Star history and by far the most controversial.

    Rose’s comments after the game were no less controversial.

    "I just want to get to that plate as quickly as I can. Besides, nobody told me they changed it to girls’ softball between third and home,” Rose said at the time.

     

    Source: Baseball Almanac

1. 2001: Ripken Ends All-Star Career Where He Started

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    In June 2001, Baltimore Orioles shortstop/third baseman Cal Ripken Jr. announced he was retiring from baseball at the end of the season, and the farewell tour was about to begin.

    With Ripken’s chase of Lou Gehrig’s record of consecutive games played in 1995 following the return of baseball after a prolonged strike, Ripken was instrumental in helping to restore baseball and fans’ faith in the game.

    Ripken, at that time 40 years old and only hitting .240 with four homers and 28 RBI at the break, was clearly at the end stage of his career. However, he was selected by the fans as the starting third baseman for the AL All-Star team, and no one was outraged.

    In the top of the first inning at Safeco Field in Seattle, American League starting shortstop Alex Rodriguez went over to Ripken at third base and implored/pushed him to the shortstop position, a position that Ripken had manned so incredibly well during the bulk of his ironman streak.

    Ripken played the first inning at short, and in the bottom of the third inning, facing Chan Ho Park, Ripken belted a home run over the left field fence.

    It was a fitting way to end a fabulous All-Star career for one of the greatest shortstops to ever play the game.

    Reference: Bleacher Report

     

    Doug Mead is a featured columnist with Bleacher Report. His work has been featured on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, SF Gate, CBS Sports, the Los Angeles Times and the Houston Chronicle.