MLB ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY

Major League Baseball All-Star Game History by Baseball Almanac

Baseball has always been more than just a game. As John S. Bowman and Joel Zoss stated in The Pictorial History of Baseball "As part of the fabric of American culture, baseball is the common social ground between strangers, a world of possibilities and of chance, where 'it's never over till it's over.'"

It is an American tradition rich in legends, folklore and history, a never-ending story where every game is a new nine-inning chapter and every player has the chance to be the hero. Through the years, every franchise has had its share of superstar players that stand out above the rest. They are the ones that bring the fans out to the ballpark and only one game brings them all together at once, the All-Star Game.

The first Major League All-Star Game was played on July 6, 1933 at Comiskey Park in Chicago. It was initiated at the insistence of Arch Ward, a sports editor for the Chicago Tribune, to coincide with the celebration of Chicago's Century of Progress Exposition. For over seventy-three years, the "Midsummer Classic" has remained a fan favorite showcasing the top talent in baseball.

All-Star teams were originally selected by the managers and the fans for the 1933 and 1934 games. From 1935 through 1946, managers selected the entire team for each league. From 1947 to 1957, fans chose the team's starters and the manager chose the pitchers and the remaining players. From 1958 through 1969, managers, players, and coaches made the All-Star Team selections. In 1970, the vote again returned to the fans for the selection of the starters for each team and remains there today.

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"They invented the All-Star Game for Willie Mays ." - Hall of Famer & Nineteen Time All-Star Ted Williams in Cooperstown: A Novel (Eugena Pilek, Touchstone Publishers, 06/28/2005, Page 242)

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A Complete History of the MLB All-Star Game by Baseball Almanac

1
Comiskey Park
Chicago, Illinois
4
2
1-0-0
2
Polo Grounds
New York, New York
9
7
2-0-0
3
Municipal Stadium
Cleveland, Ohio
4
1
3-0-0
4
Braves Field
Boston, Massachusetts
3
4
3-1-0
5
Griffith Stadium
Washington, D.C.
8
3
4-1-0
6
Crosley Field
Cincinnati, Ohio
1
4
4-2-0
7
Yankee Stadium
New York, New York
3
1
5-2-0
8
Sportsman's Park
St. Louis, Missouri
0
4
5-3-0
9
Briggs Stadium
Detroit, Michigan
7
5
6-3-0
10
Polo Grounds
New York, New York
3
1
7-3-0
11
Shibe Park
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
5
3
8-3-0
12
Forbes Field
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1
7
8-4-0
n/a
Fenway Park
Boston, Massachusetts
n/a
n/a
8-4-0
13
Fenway Park
Boston, Massachusetts
12
0
9-4-0
14
Wrigley Field
Chicago, Illinois
2
1
10-4-0
15
Sportsman's Park
St. Louis, Missouri
5
2
11-4-0
16
Ebbets Field
Brooklyn, New York
11
7
12-4-0
17
Comiskey Park
Chicago, Illinois
3
4
12-5-0
18
Briggs Stadium
Detroit, Michigan
3
8
12-6-0
19
Shibe Park
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2
3
12-7-0
20
Crosley Field
Cincinnati, Ohio
1
5
12-8-0
21
Municipal Stadium
Cleveland, Ohio
11
9
13-8-0
22
County Stadium
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
5
6
13-9-0
23
Griffith Stadium
Washington, D.C.
3
7
13-10-0
24
Busch Stadium
St. Louis, Missouri
6
5
14-10-0
25
Memorial Stadium
Baltimore, Maryland
4
3
15-10-0
26
Forbes Field
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
4
5
15-11-0
27
Memorial Coliseum
Los Angeles, California
5
3
16-11-0
28
Municipal Stadium
Kansas City, Missouri
3
5
16-12-0
29
Yankee Stadium
New York, New York
0
6
16-13-0
30
Candlestick Park
San Francisco, California
4
5
16-14-0
31
Fenway Park
Boston, Massachusetts
1
1
16-14-1
32
D.C. Stadium
Washington, D.C.
1
3
16-15-1
33
Wrigley Field
Chicago, Illinois
9
4
17-15-1
34
Municipal Stadium
Cleveland, Ohio
3
5
17-16-1
35
Shea Stadium
New York, New York
4
7
17-17-1
36
Metropolitan Stadium
Bloomington, Minnesota
5
6
17-18-1
37
Busch Memorial Stadium
St. Louis, Missouri
1
2
17-19-1
38
Anaheim Stadium
Anaheim, California
1
2
17-20-1
39
Astrodome
Houston, Texas
0
1
17-21-1
40
R.F.K. Memorial Stadium
Washington, D.C.
3
9
17-22-1
41
Riverfront Stadium
Cincinnati, Ohio
4
5
17-23-1
42
Tiger Stadium
Detroit, Michigan
6
4
18-23-1
43
Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium
Atlanta, Georgia
3
4
18-24-1
44
Royals Stadium
Kansas City, Missouri
1
7
18-25-1
45
Three Rivers Stadium
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2
7
18-26-1
46
County Stadium
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
3
6
18-27-1
47
Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1
7
18-28-1
48
Yankee Stadium
New York, New York
5
7
18-29-1
49
San Diego Stadium
San Diego, California
3
7
18-30-1
50
Kingdome
Seattle, Washington
6
7
18-31-1
51
Dodger Stadium
Los Angeles, California
2
4
18-32-1
52
Municipal Stadium
Cleveland, Ohio
4
5
18-33-1
53
Olympic Stadium
Montreal, Quebec
1
4
18-34-1
54
Comiskey Park
Chicago, Illinois
13
3
19-34-1
55
Candlestick Park
San Francisco, California
1
3
19-35-1
56
H. Humphrey Metrodome
Minneapolis, Minnesota
1
6
19-36-1
57
Astrodome
Houston, Texas
3
2
20-36-1
58
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
Oakland, California
0
2
20-37-1
59
Riverfront Stadium
Cincinnati, Ohio
2
1
21-37-1
60
Anaheim Stadium
Anaheim, California
5
3
22-37-1
61
Wrigley Field
Chicago, Illinois
2
0
23-37-1
62
SkyDome
Toronto, Ontario
4
2
24-37-1
63
Jack Murphy Stadium
San Diego, California
13
6
25-37-1
64
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Baltimore, Maryland
9
3
26-37-1
65
Three Rivers Stadium
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
7
8
26-38-1
66
The Ballpark at Arlington
Arlington, Texas
2
3
26-39-1
67
Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
0
6
26-40-1
68
Jacobs Field
Cleveland, Ohio
3
1
27-40-1
69
Coors Field
Denver, Colorado
13
8
28-40-1
70
Fenway Park
Boston, Massachusetts
4
1
29-40-1
71
Turner Field
Atlanta, Georgia
6
3
30-40-1
72
Safeco Field
Seattle, Washington
4
1
31-40-1
73
Miller Park
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
7
7
31-40-2
74
U.S. Cellular Field
Chicago, Illinois
7
6
32-40-2
75
Minute Maid Park
Houston, Texas
9
4
33-40-2
76
Comerica Park
Detroit, Michigan
7
5
34-40-2
77
PNC Park
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
3
2
35-40-2
78
AT&T Park
San Francisco, California
5
4
36-40-2
79
Yankee Stadium
New York, New York
4
3
37-40-2
80
Busch Stadium
St. Louis, Missouri
4
3
38-40-2
81
Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Anaheim, California
1
3
38-41-2
82
Chase Field
Phoenix, Arizona
1
5
38-42-2
83
Kauffman Stadium
Kansas City, Missouri
0
8
38-43-2
84
Citi Field
New York, New York
3
0
39-43-2
85
Target Field
Minneapolis, Minnesota
5
3
40-43-2
86
Great American Ballpark
Cincinnati, Ohio
6
3
41-43-2
87
Petco Park
San Diego, California
4
2
42-43-2
88
Marlins Park
Miami, Florida
2
1
43-43-2
89
Nationals Park
Washington, D.C.
8
6
44-43-2
90
Progressive Field
Cleveland, Ohio
4
3
45-43-2
91
Dodger Stadium
Los Angeles, California
n/a
n/a
45-43-2
92
Truist Park
Atlanta, Georgia
xx-xx-2021
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93
Dodger Stadium
Los Angeles, California
xx-xx-2021
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On July 6, 1983, Fred Lynn came to bat in the third inning with the bases loaded against Atlee Hammaker . The only All-Star grand slam in history was hit that moment and eight records were set.

Mickey Mantle (1954-1960), Joe Morgan (1970-1977) and Dave Winfield (1982-1988) are the only three players in All-Star history to each bat safely in seven back-to-back All-Star games. The Commerce Comet played in both the 1960 All-Star Game and the 1960 World Series, each of which was played in New York City, prompting baseball fan Tom Bowen to wonder how many times has a club hosted both an All-Star Game and World Series in the same year. His research found:

Stan Musial holds the All-Star record for most games as a pinch hitter with ten games (a record) and ten pinch-hit at-bats (another record)!

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