2001 All-Star Game

After four consecutive years of American League victories, the National League returned to the role of underdog and was looking for a win. The 2001 script had been written, but the star of this show was Cal Ripken, Jr. The Iron Man had announced his impending retirement earlier in the season and grateful baseball fans thanked him over and over with honors in every ballpark that he played in.

The 2001 Midsummer Classic took on a whole new identity as Cal took the field at third base for his final All-Star appearance. Everyone in attendance and watching at home knew history was in the making. Class-act Alex Rodriguez suggested Ripken move over to his customary shortstop position and Cal reluctantly agreed.

The memories had only just begun for Ripken who came to the plate during the third inning with the theme from The Natural being played over Safeco Fields' sound system. The fans gave Cal one of the longest standing ovations ever bestowed on an All-Star player and he tipped his batting helmet in appreciation. Stepping into the batters box he swung amid a sea of flashbulbs and hit the first pitch he saw from Chan Ho Park over the left field wall.

The final chapter in his story was written before the sixth inning by Commissioner Bud Selig who presented Ripken and Tony Gwynn, who was also retiring after the season, with the Commissioners' Historic Achievement Award. The award, which was created in 1998, is presented at the commissioner's discretion to any player whose body of work is in itself historical or any player who sets a record of historical significance.

In between tributes a game was also taking place. Leading only 3-2 after a fifth-inning RBI single, the American League put the game away with three runs in the ninth. With the victory, the junior circuit cut its overall deficit to 40-30-1. Yankee boss Joe Torre joined Tony La Russa and Tommy Lasorda as the only managers to win their first three All-Star Games.

"Cal (Ripken, Jr.) comes up, sees one pitch and hits a home run off a pitcher he has probably never seen before. That's the kind of magic that Cal brings to the field, that he's brought to the field for 20 years or however long he's played. It would have been very fitting if it ended up being a 1-0 ball game and he got the game-winning home run." - Randy Johnson
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2000 | 2001 Major League Baseball All-Star Game | 2002

Game Number

72

Date / Box Score

Location

Safeco Field

Attendance ( Rank )

47,364

1 st Pitch

From

To

Starting Pitchers

Managers

Coaches

2001 All Star Game

Line Score

League

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

National

0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 1

American

0 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 x 4 8 0
Randy Johnson
Chan Ho Park (L, 3rd)
John Burkett (4th)
Mike Hampton (5th)
Jon Lieber (6th)
Matt Morris (7th)
Jeff Shaw (8th)
Billy Wagner (8th)
Ben Sheets (8th)
Roger Clemens
Freddy Garcia (W, 3rd)
Andy Pettitte (4th)
Joe Mays (5th)
Paul Quantrill (6th)
Mike Stanton (6th)
Jeff Nelson (7th)
Troy Percival (8th)
Kazuhiro Sasaki (S, 9th)
None
-
-
Cal Ripken, Jr. (3rd)
Derek Jeter (6th)
Magglio Ordonez (6th)

2001 All-Star Game

National League All-Star Squad

Moises Alou

Houston Astros

OF

9.

Rich Aurilia

San Francisco Giants

SS

Lance Berkman

Houston Astros

OF

3.

Barry Bonds

San Francisco Giants

OF

John Burkett

Atlanta Braves

P

Sean Casey

Cincinnati Reds

1B

Cliff Floyd

Florida Marlins

OF

Replaced Reed

Brian Giles

Pittsburgh Pirates

OF

1.

Luis Gonzalez

Arizona Diamondbacks

OF

Vladimir Guerrero

Montreal Expos

OF

Mike Hampton

Colorado Rockies

P

2.

Todd Helton

Colorado Rockies

1B

Charles Johnson

Florida Marlins

C

Randy Johnson

Arizona Diamondbacks

P

Starting Pitcher

7.

Chipper Jones

Atlanta Braves

3B

8.

Jeff Kent

San Francisco Giants

2B

Ryan Klesko

San Diego Padres

1B

Jon Lieber

Chicago Cubs

P

Matt Morris

St. Louis Cardinals

P

Phil Nevin

San Diego Padres

3B

Chan Ho Park

Los Angeles Dodgers

P

6.

Mike Piazza

New York Mets

C

Albert Pujols

St. Louis Cardinals

3B

Rick Reed

New York Mets

P

Replaced - Injury

Jimmy Rollins

Philadelphia Phillies

SS

Curt Schilling

Arizona Diamondbacks

P

Did Not Pitch

Jeff Shaw

Los Angeles Dodgers

P

Ben Sheets

Milwaukee Brewers

P

4.

Sammy Sosa

Chicago Cubs

OF

Billy Wagner

Houston Astros

P

5.

Larry Walker

Colorado Rockies

OF

BOLD = Fan's choice to start the game (Manager chooses pitcher).

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American League All-Star Squad

Roberto Alomar

Cleveland Indians

2B

4.

Bret Boone

Seattle Mariners

2B

Mike Cameron

Seattle Mariners

OF

Replaced Vaughn

Tony Clark

Detroit Tigers

1B

Roger Clemens

New York Yankees

P

Starting Pitcher

Freddy Garcia

Seattle Mariners

P

Jason Giambi

Oakland Athletics

1B

Troy Glaus

Anaheim Angels

3B

5.

Juan Gonzalez

Cleveland Indians

OF

Cristian Guzman

Minnesota Twins

SS

Derek Jeter

New York Yankees

SS

7.

Edgar Martinez

Seattle Mariners

DH

Joe Mays

Minnesota Twins

P

Eric Milton

Minnesota Twins

P

Did Not Pitch

Jeff Nelson

Seattle Mariners

P

Replaced Rivera

6.

John Olerud

Seattle Mariners

1B

Magglio Ordonez

Chicago White Sox

OF

Troy Percival

Anaheim Angels

P

Andy Pettitte

New York Yankees

P

Jorge Posada

New York Yankees

C

Paul Quantrill

Toronto Blue Jays

P

3.

Manny Ramirez

Boston Red Sox

OF

8.

Cal Ripken, Jr.

Baltimore Orioles

3B

M.V.P.

Mariano Rivera

New York Yankees

P

Replaced - Injury

2.

Alex Rodriguez

Texas Rangers

SS

9.

Ivan Rodriguez

Texas Rangers

C

Kazuhiro Sasaki

Seattle Mariners

P

Mike Stanton

New York Yankees

P

1.

Ichiro Suzuki

Seattle Mariners

OF

Mike Sweeney

Kansas City Royals

1B

Greg Vaughn

Tampa Bay Devil Rays

OF

Replaced - Injury

Bernie Williams

New York Yankees

OF

BOLD = Fan's choice to start the game (Manager chooses pitcher).


Cal Ripken Jr. , who was playing in his final All-Star Game, became the oldest player to hit a home run during an All-Star Game, the first American League player to win two All-Star Most Valuable Player Awards , and the fourth player to win two of them.

Perhaps the most memorable "light" moment took place during the sixth inning when Vladimir Guerrero's bat shattered and flew towards honorary National League coach Tommy Lasorda . The National Baseball Hall of Fame manager did not bleed Dodger blue, but he did take a hard tumble, lost his hat, then hopped off where he had to fend off Barry Bonds who attempted to place a chest protector on Lasorda .

Did you know that the 72nd All-Star Game had twenty-two first time all-stars, eight rookie all-stars and players from seven different countries?

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