The First All Star Game
The first official all star game was played in 1933, but the first inter league game comprised of star players was the Addie Joss benefit game played in 1911. The game included Ty Cobb, Home Run Baker, Walter Johnson, Eddie Collins, Tris Speaker and Nap Lojoie, who along with everybody else volunteered to play for free. It raised $12,914.60 for the widow and children of the highly regarded recently deceased pitcher Addie Joss.
Rays 19 Twins 6 | | Red Sox 6 Blue Jays 2 | Diamondbacks 3 Braves 0
Talk About Close
Since the first official all star game in 1933 88 all star games have been played
American League 43 | National League 43 | Ties 2
Runs: American League 361 | National League 361
In those 88 games there has been only one inside the park home run.
And you saw it
Pirates 2 Brewers 1 | Pirates 6 Brewers 2 | Royals 5 White Sox 0
Stuffing the Ballot Box
Most of you remember 2015 when Royals fans celebrating their much deserved and long awaited success almost elected a Royal to every starting position except for Mike Trout. But did you know that in 1957 Reds fans elected a Red to every starting position except for Stan Musial at first base, keeping off the team among the other greats of those years Willie Mays and Hank Aaron. When it was discovered that the Cincinnati Enquirer had printed up pre-marked ballots and distributed them with the Sunday newspaper to make it easy for Reds fans to vote often for their favorite stars, a couple of the least deserving Reds were sort of booted from the team by Commissioner Ford Frick in favor of Willie Mays and Hank Aaron.
This happened a bit before those shenanigans
Astros 9 Tigers 1 | Mets 7 Nationals 4 | Reds 8 Cardinals 2
When I (we?) Were Young
The 15 inning game in 1967 (along with the 2008 game) was the longest All Star Game ever. Tw ‘as the era of the pitcher. The final score was 2 – 1 National League. In spite of the presence of hitters like Roberto Clemente, Hank Aaron, Lou Brock, Harmen Killebrew, Carl Yastrzemski, Rod Carew, Tony Oliva…, on top of only 3 runs being scored over 15 innings there were 30 strikeouts against 2 walks.
1968, the Year of the Pitcher, followed the pattern seeing the only run of the game scored by Willie Mays in the first inning.
Don’t doubt that those great players weren’t trying their butts off. The 1970 game was decided by a famous (infamous?) walk off play at the plate in the 12th inning
Marlins 2 Phillies 0 | Orioles 1 Texas 0 | Yankees 5
I calculate that about 3/4ths of our male population here is straight and I want you to understand that I appreciate how much gracious patience it must take for you not to be repulsed by this. I’m just saying that the sparkling and simultaneously shy young faces of these guys, young friends goofing around, touches the dying shards of my libido.
It’s over 8 minutes long and I expect that many of you won’t want to sit still for the whole thing, but if you can watch for about 2 or 3 minutes until the part when they show excerpts from the game you will see how amazingly good they are.
Angels 5 Dodgers 4 | Rockies 4 Mariners 1 | Athletics 4 Giants 3 | Cubs 11 Padres 6