Top 5 MLB All-Star Game Moments
Tuesday’s MLB All-Star Game at the new Busch Stadium in St. Louis will mark the 80th time the American and National League’s have met at mid season. Despite what Bud Selig might lead to you to believe, the All-Star Game is still mostly an event for the fans and a chance to see the game’s best players on the field together. While it is a fun event, the reality is most of the mid-summer classics are forgotten not long after they happen. Once in a while, however, the All-Star Game provides baseball fans with a moment that stands the test of time.
5. 1971 – Reggie Jackson hits the light tower at Tiger Stadium
The 1971 All-Star Game featured home runs by six Hall of Famers and 18 total Hall of Famers played in the game, but it’s Reggie Jackson’s 3rd inning home run that will always be remembered. Jackson, who was a late addition to the game after an injury, hit his home run off of Dock Ellis an estimated 520 feet. The ball struck a light tower on the roof of Tiger Stadium and is still considered the longest home run in All-Star Game history.
4. 1993 â€“ John Kruk vs. Randy Johnson
John Kruk had made it very clear that he wasn’t excited about the idea of facing the southpaw Johnson from the left side of the plate and the devastating AL pitcher decided to have a little fun at Kruk’s expense. Johnson sent his first pitch sailing over Kruk’s head at 98-mph into the backstop, causing the Phillies’s outfielder to duck for cover. After backing out of the box and gathering himself, Kruk then proceeded to flail at two straight fastballs with his body practically halfway to first base as he swung. Even the ever serious Johnson finally cracked a smile as he walked off the mound after the inning ending strikeout.
3. 2001 – Cal Ripken’s final All-Star Game
Ripken had made it known that 2001 would be the final season of his career and he was elected by the fans to play third base despite far from All-Star numbers. Ripken’s farewell began with Alex Rodriguez literally pushing him to play shortstop, his original position, and ended with him being named the game’s MVP after becoming the oldest player to ever hit a home run in an All-Star Game.
2. 1970 – Pete Rose runs over Ray Fosse at home plate
Maybe Bud Selig and Pete Rose can get a long after all, because apparently no one told Pete Rose that the All-Star Game was just an exhibition. Rose, living up to his Charlie Hustle nickname, came flying around third base on a single by Jim Hickman and crashed into Fosse to score the winning run in a 5-4 victory for the National League. Fosse, a young Cleveland catcher, suffered a fractured bone in his shoulder and his career would never be the same.
1. 2002 â€“ Game in Milwaukee ends in a tie
The 2002 in All-Star Game at Miller Park in Milwaukee will most likely never be forgotten by anyone, but not for any of the right reasons. After 11-innings, the AL and NL squads remained locked in a 7-7 tie, but due to the managers’ usual attempts to get everyone playing time, no pitchers remained and the game was called a tie. As a result (although not according to him), commissioner Bud Selig added a twist to the All-Star game and put home field advantage in the World Series at stake for the winning league. The new rules changed how the game is played, with managers needing to assure they have reserves available in case of extra innings.