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Major League Baseball All-Star Game

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The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is an annual exhibition baseball game between the best players from the National League and the American League. The All-Star Game usually occurs in mid-July and marks the middle of the Major League Baseball season.

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Choosing the Venue

The venue is chosen by Major League Baseball and traditionally alternates between the two leagues every year. (This tradition will be broken in 2007, when the San Francisco Giants will be the host for the 2007 All-Star Game. Pittsburgh Pirates will host the 2006 event.) The "home team" is the league in which the host franchise plays its games. The criteria for choosing the venue are subjective. For the most part, cities with new parks and cities who have not hosted the game in a long time tend to get the nod. In 2005, Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers, will host the mid summer classic.

Voting

Baseball fans vote on the starting position players for the All-Star Game, with ballots distributed at baseball games before mid-season and, more recently, on the Internet. As of 2004, pitchers and back-up position players are elected by other players, with the teams' managers then deciding how to fill any empty slots which may result from injury or other inability to play. Each major league team is guaranteed to have at least one player selected to participate. Selected players have sometimes declined to take part in the game, citing health concerns or personal matters; as a matter of courtesy, other players have generally been selected to take their place.

Ties

At Fenway Park on July 31, 1961, in Boston, Massachusetts, the first All-Star Game tie in major league baseball history occurred when the game was stopped in the 9th inning due to rain.

Following a highly controversial tie in the 2002 game when both teams ran out of pitchers in the 11th inning, and in response to the increasing complaints of fans that the atmosphere of the games had gradually come to resemble a casual event rather than a competition, Major League Baseball changed the rules to give the All-Star game "meaning" and additional incentive for victory. For the 2003-2004 seasons, the champion of the league that won the All-Star game was to be given home-field advantage for the World Series (as of July 2004, it is not yet clear whether this "experiment" will continue in 2005 and later). Previously, home-field advantage in the World Series alternated between the two leagues each year.

Oddities

In 1945, with severe wartime travel restrictions in effect, the All-Star Game scheduled to be played at Boston's Fenway Park was canceled.

There were two All-Star Games played each season from 1959 to 1962.

Other All Star Weekend Events

Since 1985, the Home Run Derby, a contest between home run hitters, has been played on the day before the All-Star Game. Also, a celebrity softball game is also held the day before the Home Run Derby. The teams are usually a mixture of former stars from the host team's past plus some celebrities (including Meat Loaf, Garth Brooks and many others). Also, since the late 1990s, the Futures Game has also been held during All Star weekend. The two teams (United States and World) are usually chosen based on prospect status in the minor leagues. Several stars have emerged from this game including C.C. Sabathia, Alfonso Soriano and Albert Pujols.

All-Star Games (1933-present)

YearWinnerScore Venue/Host teamMVP
1933American4-2 Comiskey Park, Chicago White Sox 
1934American9-7 Polo Grounds, New York Giants 
1935American4-1 Municipal Stadium, Cleveland Indians 
1936National4-3 Braves Field, Boston Braves 
1937American8-3 Griffith Stadium, Washington Senators 
1938National4-1 Crosley Field, Cincinnati Reds 
1939American3-1 Yankee Stadium, New York Yankees 
1940National4-0 Sportsman's Park, St. Louis Cardinals 
1941American7-5 Briggs Stadium, Detroit Tigers 
1942American3-1 Polo Grounds, New York Giants 
1943American5-3 Shibe Park, Philadelphia Athletics 
1944National7-1 Forbes Field, Pittsburgh Pirates 
1945Not held.
1946American12-0 Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox 
1947American2-1 Wrigley Field, Chicago Cubs 
1948American5-2 Sportsman's Park, St. Louis Browns 
1949American11-7 Ebbets Field, Brooklyn Dodgers 
1950National4-3
(14 innings)
Comiskey Park, Chicago White Sox 
1951National8-3 Briggs Stadium, Detroit Tigers 
1952National3-2
(5 innings, rain)
Shibe Park, Philadelphia Phillies 
1953National5-1 Crosley Field, Cincinnati Reds 
1954American11-9 Municipal Stadium, Cleveland Indians 
1955National6-5
(12 innings)
County Stadium, Milwaukee Braves 
1956National7-3 Griffith Stadium, Washington Senators 
1957American6-5 Sportsman's Park, St. Louis Cardinals 
1958American4-3 Memorial Stadium, Baltimore Orioles 
1959-aNational5-4 Forbes Field, Pittsburgh Pirates 
1959-bAmerican5-3 Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles Dodgers 
1960-aNational5-3 Municipal Stadium, Kansas City Athletics 
1960-bNational6-0 Yankee Stadium, New York Yankees 
1961-aNational5-4
(10 innings)
Candlestick Park, San Francisco Giants 
1961-bTIE1-1
(9 innings, rain)
Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox 
1962-aNational3-1 D.C. Stadium, Washington SenatorsMaury Wills, LA (NL)
1962-bAmerican9-4 Wrigley Field, Chicago CubsLeon Wagner, LA (AL)
1963National5-3 Municipal Stadium, Cleveland IndiansWillie Mays, SF (NL)
1964National7-4 Shea Stadium, New York MetsJohnny Callison, PHI (NL)
1965National6-5 Metropolitan Stadium, Minnesota TwinsJuan Marichal, SF (NL)
1966National2-1
(10 innings)
Busch Memorial Stadium, St. Louis CardinalsBrooks Robinson, BAL (AL)
1967National2-1
(15 innings)
Anaheim Stadium, California AngelsTony Perez, CIN (NL)
1968National1-0 Astrodome, Houston AstrosWillie Mays, SF (NL)
1969National9-3 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington SenatorsWillie McCovey, SF (NL)
1970National5-4
(12 innings)
Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati RedsCarl Yastrzemski, BOS (AL)
1971American6-4 Tiger Stadium, Detroit TigersFrank Robinson, BAL (AL)
1972National4-3
(10 innings)
Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, Atlanta BravesJoe Morgan, CIN (NL)
1973National7-1 Royals Stadium, Kansas City RoyalsBobby Bonds, SF (NL)
1974National7-2 Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh PiratesSteve Garvey, LA (NL)
1975National6-3 County Stadium, Milwaukee BrewersJon Matlack, NYM (NL)
Bill Madlock, CHC (NL)
1976National7-1 Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia PhilliesGeorge Foster, CIN (NL)
1977National7-5 Yankee Stadium, New York YankeesDon Sutton, LA (NL)
1978National7-3 San Diego Stadium, San Diego PadresSteve Garvey, LA (NL)
1979National7-6 Kingdome, Seattle MarinersDave Parker, PIT (NL)
1980National4-2 Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles DodgersKen Griffey, Sr., CIN (NL)
1981National5-4 Cleveland Stadium, Cleveland IndiansGary Carter, MON (NL)
1982National4-1 Olympic Stadium, Montreal ExposDave Concepcion, CIN (NL)
1983American13-3 Comiskey Park, Chicago White SoxFred Lynn, CAL (AL)
1984National3-1 Candlestick Park, San Francisco GiantsGary Carter, MON (NL)
1985National6-1 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minnesota TwinsLaMarr Hoyt, SD (NL)
1986American3-2 Astrodome, Houston AstrosRoger Clemens, BOS (AL)
1987National2-0
(13 innings)
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland AthleticsTim Raines, MON (NL)
1988American2-1 Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati RedsTerry Steinbach, OAK (AL)
1989American5-3 Anaheim Stadium, California AngelsBo Jackson, KC (AL)
1990American2-0 Wrigley Field, Chicago CubsJulio Franco, TEX (AL)
1991American4-2 SkyDome, Toronto Blue JaysCal Ripken, Jr., BAL (AL)
1992American13-6 Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego PadresKen Griffey Jr., SEA (AL)
1993American9-3 Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore OriolesKirby Puckett, MIN (AL)
1994National8-7
(10 innings)
Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh PiratesFred McGriff, ATL (NL)
1995National3-2 The Ballpark in Arlington, Texas RangersJeff Conine, FLA (NL)
1996National6-0 Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia PhilliesMike Piazza, LA (NL)
1997American3-1 Jacobs Field, Cleveland IndiansSandy Alomar, CLE (AL)
1998American13-8 Coors Field, Colorado RockiesRoberto Alomar, BAL (AL)
1999American4-1 Fenway Park, Boston Red SoxPedro Martinez, BOS (AL)
2000American6-3 Turner Field, Atlanta BravesDerek Jeter, NYY (AL)
2001American4-1 Safeco Field, Seattle MarinersCal Ripken, Jr., BAL (AL)
2002TIE7-7
(11 innings)
Miller Park, Milwaukee BrewersNone selected.
2003American7-6 U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago White SoxGarret Anderson, ANA (AL)
2004American9-4 Minute Maid Park, Houston AstrosAlfonso Soriano, TEX (AL)

Future schedule host teams

The rotation between AL and NL parks has been broken to allow for more new stadiums to be featured. This has come with minimal controversy, mainly because the average fan does not know what stadium will host the all-star game two years from the present.

Among the cities in the running for 2008's all-star game are St. Louis, San Diego, Anaheim (whose stadium was so completely transformed in the late 90's and early 2000's that some people almost consider it a whole new entity), Philadelphia and Phoenix. Washington and Tampa Bay are also possibilities.

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