2016-07-13 / Front Page

New York City Is Host To Most All-Star Games In History

By Tomer Langer

The 87th Major League Baseball All-Star game between the American League (AL) and National League (NL) was played last night in Petco Park in San Diego. The Midsummer Classic changes locations every year, New York City has hosted the All-Star Game nine times, the most by any city. Here’s a long look back at the city's All-Star Game history.

1934: The second ever All-Star game was played at the Polo Grounds. The AL won the game 9-7 behind a six-run sixth inning. The game is famous for the performance of New York Giants pitcher Carl Hubbell, who between the first and second inning struck out five eventual Hall of Fame hitters — Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimme Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin — in order.

1939: The first All-Star game played at Yankee Stadium only when gas cost 10 cents a gallon. The AL won 3-1. Yankees legend Joe DiMaggio homered in the game. The Yankees, Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers combined for 17 All-Stars.

1942: Once again, the AL won this game 3-1, this time behind two homers in the first inning that scored all three runs. The three NY teams sent 21 representatives to the game at the Polo Grounds.

1949: The first game at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn also marked the first time that Jackie Robinson was named an All-Star. The AL won by a score of 11-7. The Dodgers led the way amongst NY teams with seven All-Stars.

1960: This was the second of two All-Star games (between 1959-1962, MLB played two All-Star games) and it was played in Yankee Stadium. The NL won 6-0 as Yankees pitcher Whitey Ford struggled giving up three runs in his three innings of work.

1964: Shea Stadium hosted the game for the first time, which featured a memorable ending. The NL won 7-4, but was down 4-3 going into the bottom of the ninth. Former New York (now San Francisco) Giant Willie Mays led off the inning with a walk, then stole second and scored the game-tying run. It would be Johnny Callison of the Philadelphia Phillies who hit a walk-off home run to win the game.

1977: This game at Yankee stadium featured Reggie Jackson as an All-Star for the first time as a member of the Yankees, but the NL ended up winning 7-5. The Yankees had six All-Stars while the Mets had one. Tom Seaver made the roster, and pitched two innings, but the Mets had traded him a month before the All-Star game to the Reds.

2008: The midsummer classic was set to be played at the old Yankee Stadium for the last time in 2008. Before the game, Texas Rangers’ outfielder Josh Hamilton hit a stunning and record-setting 28 home runs in the first round of the home run derby (although he ended up losing the competition to Justin Morneau). The actual game lasted 15 innings with the AL eventually winning 4-3.

2013: New York pitchers headlined the first All-Star game in Citi Field. Mets star Matt Harvey started the game in front of his hometown fans, giving up no runs over his two innings of work — although he did drill Yankees second basemen Robinson Cano in the knee. Then, with the AL up 3-0 in the eight inning, legendary closer Mariano Rivera was called on for the last time (he had already made plans to retire at seasons end) and was greeted with a standing ovation, not only by the fans but also by the All-Stars themselves, all of them standing and many having climbed out of the dugout to show their respect for the Yankee great. Rivera set the NL down in order and went on to win the games MVP award.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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