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Encyclopedia > MLB All Star Game

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.

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 San Francisco is revealed to 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 two managers are traditionally the managers of the previous season's two World Series teams.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Since 1985, the Home Run Derby, a contest between home run hitters, has been played on the day before the All-Star Game.

All-Star Games (1933-present)

Year Winner Score Venue/Host team MVP
1933 American 4-2 Comiskey Park, Chicago White Sox  
1934 American 9-7 Polo Grounds, New York Giants  
1935 American 4-1 Municipal Stadium, Cleveland Indians  
1936 National 4-3 Braves Field, Boston Braves  
1937 American 8-3 Griffith Stadium, Washington Senators  
1938 National 4-1 Crosley Field, Cincinnati Reds  
1939 American 3-1 Yankee Stadium, New York Yankees  
1940 National 4-0 Sportsman's Park, St. Louis Cardinals  
1941 American 7-5 Briggs Stadium, Detroit Tigers  
1942 American 3-1 Polo Grounds, New York Giants  
1943 American 5-3 Shibe Park, Philadelphia Athletics  
1944 National 7-1 Forbes Field, Pittsburgh Pirates  
1945 Not held.
1946 American 12-0 Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox  
1947 American 2-1 Wrigley Field, Chicago Cubs  
1948 American 5-2 Sportsman's Park, St. Louis Browns  
1949 American 11-7 Ebbets Field, Brooklyn Dodgers  
1950 National 4-3
(14 innings)
Comiskey Park, Chicago White Sox  
1951 National 8-3 Briggs Stadium, Detroit Tigers  
1952 National 3-2
(5 innings, rain)
Shibe Park, Philadelphia Phillies  
1953 National 5-1 Crosley Field, Cincinnati Reds  
1954 American 11-9 Municipal Stadium, Cleveland Indians  
1955 National 6-5
(12 innings)
County Stadium, Milwaukee Braves  
1956 National 7-3 Griffith Stadium, Washington Senators  
1957 American 6-5 Sportsman's Park, St. Louis Cardinals  
1958 American 4-3 Memorial Stadium, Baltimore Orioles  
1959-a National 5-4 Forbes Field, Pittsburgh Pirates  
1959-b American 5-3 Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles Dodgers  
1960-a National 5-3 Municipal Stadium, Kansas City Athletics  
1960-b National 6-0 Yankee Stadium, New York Yankees  
1961-a National 5-4
(10 innings)
Candlestick Park, San Francisco Giants  
1961-b TIE 1-1
(9 innings, rain)
Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox  
1962-a National 3-1 D.C. Stadium, Washington Senators Maury Wills, LA (NL)
1962-b American 9-4 Wrigley Field, Chicago Cubs Leon Wagner, LA (AL)
1963 National 5-3 Municipal Stadium, Cleveland Indians Willie Mays, SF (NL)
1964 National 7-4 Shea Stadium, New York Mets Johnny Callison, PHI (NL)
1965 National 6-5 Metropolitan Stadium, Minnesota Twins Juan Marichal, SF (NL)
1966 National 2-1
(10 innings)
Busch Memorial Stadium, St. Louis Cardinals Brooks Robinson, BAL (AL)
1967 National 2-1
(15 innings)
Anaheim Stadium, California Angels Tony Perez, CIN (NL)
1968 National 1-0 Astrodome, Houston Astros Willie Mays, SF (NL)
1969 National 9-3 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington Senators Willie McCovey, SF (NL)
1970 National 5-4
(12 innings)
Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati Reds Carl Yastrzemski, BOS (AL)
1971 American 6-4 Tiger Stadium, Detroit Tigers Frank Robinson, BAL (AL)
1972 National 4-3
(10 innings)
Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, Atlanta Braves Joe Morgan, CIN (NL)
1973 National 7-1 Royals Stadium, Kansas City Royals Bobby Bonds, SF (NL)
1974 National 7-2 Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh Pirates Steve Garvey, LA (NL)
1975 National 6-3 County Stadium, Milwaukee Brewers Jon Matlack, NYM (NL)
Bill Madlock, CHC (NL)
1976 National 7-1 Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia Phillies George Foster, CIN (NL)
1977 National 7-5 Yankee Stadium, New York Yankees Don Sutton, LA (NL)
1978 National 7-3 San Diego Stadium, San Diego Padres Steve Garvey, LA (NL)
1979 National 7-6 Kingdome, Seattle Mariners Dave Parker, PIT (NL)
1980 National 4-2 Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles Dodgers Ken Griffey, Sr., CIN (NL)
1981 National 5-4 Cleveland Stadium, Cleveland Indians Gary Carter, MON (NL)
1982 National 4-1 Olympic Stadium, Montreal Expos Dave Concepcion, CIN (NL)
1983 American 13-3 Comiskey Park, Chicago White Sox Fred Lynn, CAL (AL)
1984 National 3-1 Candlestick Park, San Francisco Giants Gary Carter, MON (NL)
1985 National 6-1 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minnesota Twins LaMarr Hoyt, SD (NL)
1986 American 3-2 Astrodome, Houston Astros Roger Clemens, BOS (AL)
1987 National 2-0
(13 innings)
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland Athletics Tim Raines, MON (NL)
1988 American 2-1 Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati Reds Terry Steinbach, OAK (AL)
1989 American 5-3 Anaheim Stadium, California Angels Bo Jackson, KC (AL)
1990 American 2-0 Wrigley Field, Chicago Cubs Julio Franco, TEX (AL)
1991 American 4-2 SkyDome, Toronto Blue Jays Cal Ripken, Jr., BAL (AL)
1992 American 13-6 Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego Padres Ken Griffey Jr., SEA (AL)
1993 American 9-3 Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore Orioles Kirby Puckett, MIN (AL)
1994 National 8-7
(10 innings)
Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh Pirates Fred McGriff, ATL (NL)
1995 National 3-2 The Ballpark in Arlington, Texas Rangers Jeff Conine, FLA (NL)
1996 National 6-0 Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia Phillies Mike Piazza, LA (NL)
1997 American 3-1 Jacobs Field, Cleveland Indians Sandy Alomar, CLE (AL)
1998 American 13-8 Coors Field, Colorado Rockies Roberto Alomar, BAL (AL)
1999 American 4-1 Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox Pedro Martinez, BOS (AL)
2000 American 6-3 Turner Field, Atlanta Braves Derek Jeter, NYY (AL)
2001 American 4-1 Safeco Field, Seattle Mariners Cal Ripken, Jr., BAL (AL)
2002 TIE 7-7
(11 innings)
Miller Park, Milwaukee Brewers None selected.
2003 American 7-6 U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago White Sox Garret Anderson, ANA (AL)
2004 American 9-4 Minute Maid Park, Houston Astros Alfonso Soriano, TEX (AL)

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  Results from FactBites:
Major League Baseball All-Star Game - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2287 words)
The first All-Star Game was held as part of the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago, Illinois, and was the brainchild of Arch Ward, then sports editor for The Chicago Tribune.
The last All-Star Game to be played in a stadium that was not hosting its first All-Star Game was the 1999 game in Boston's Fenway Park.
At Fenway Park in Boston on July 31, 1961, the first All-Star Game tie in history occurred when the game was stopped in the 9th inning due to rain.
ESPN.com: MLB - MLB All-Star Game 2003 (403 words)
The American League made a stunning comeback in the 2003 All-Star Game, rallying for a for a 7-6 victory Tuesday night.
All-Star MVP Garret Anderson had three hits, and pinch-hitter Hank Blalock delivered the game-winning homer in the eighth as the NL bullpen failed to get the job done.
With the All-Star Game in Chicago, it's a shame both Sammy Sosa and Frank Thomas won't be a part of it.
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