Take Me Out To The Ball Game!

Take Me Out To The Ball Game!

Enjoy this amazing list of fun facts and trivia about the Major League Baseball All-Start Game.

  • The first All-Star Game was played in 1933 at Comiskey Park in conjunction with Chicago’s Century of Progress Exposition. It was the brainchild of Chicago Tribune sports editor Arch Ward.
  • Babe Ruth hit the first All-Star home run in 1933, a two-run shot to right field off the Cardinals’ Bill Hallahan in 1933. The American League won 4-2.
  • In 1934, New York Giants’ Carl Hubbell became a legend by striking out future Hall-of-Famers Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin in a row in 1934 at the Polo Grounds.
  • From 1935 through 1946, the manager of each All-Star squad selected the entire team. Fan voting began in 1947, but in 1957, Cincinnati fans stuffed the ballot box and elected Reds to every position except Stan Musial at first base. Commissioner Ford Frick stepped in and replaced Gus Bell and Wally Post with Hank Aaron and Willie Mays, then took the voting away from fans. Fans were able to vote again in 1970.
  • In 1945 The All-Star game is not held as there are strict war time restrictions on travel.
  • In 1959 to1962, there were two All-Star games are held each season.
  • In 1971, Oakland Athletics’ Reggie Jackson hit a Dock Ellis slider so hard that it hit an electrical transformer on Tiger Stadium’s right field roof and bounced halfway back to the infield. It was estimated that it would have carried 532 feet if the transformer hadn’t gotten in the way. Pictured here are Frank Robinson, Baltimore Orioles, Harmon Killebrew, Minnesota Twins and Reggie Jackson, Oakland Athletics, left to right, pose July 13, 1971 in Detroit after their home runs defeated the National league 6-4 in All-Star game. Each hit a home run with a man on with Killebrew’s blow in sixth inning proving to the winning runs.
  • In 2002 at Milwaukee, both teams ran out of pitchers with the score tied at 7 in the 11th inning and Commissioner Bud Selig called the game as a tie. Beginning the next year, home field advantage in the World Series would be awarded to the winning league.
  • 2002 – The 73rd All-Star game ends in a tie when MLB Commissioner Bud Selig decides to stop the game after 11 innings because the teams had run out of players.
  • Arguably the best player in Major League Baseball history, Ruth might have the most nicknames as a professional athlete. The Great Bambino, The Babe, The Colossus of Clout and the King of Swing also come to mind. His real name was George Herman Ruth.
  • Pete Rose was an All-Star at first base, second base, third base, left field and right field. The story is that New York Yankees hall of Fame pitcher Whitey Ford gave Rose his “Charlie Hustle” nickname during spring training of Rose’s rookie year.  Although there is some dispute on when Ford gave him the nickname, the most common thought is that he gave Rose the nickname after Rose drew a walk but instead of jogging up the line, he sprinted.
  • For the first time ever, in 2003, the league that wins the All-Star game will have home field advantage in the World Series. Since 1903, home field advantage has alternated between the leagues.

Excerpted from CNN/SI www.si.com

 

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