The Midsummer Classic otherwise known as the MLB All Star Game has featured some of the best baseball has to offer. When the best baseball players in the world get together the need to outdo one another always kicks in.
Although the MLB All Star Game sometimes deteriorates into an exhibition instead of a game, the 2010 MLB All Star Game will have tremendous meaning to the National League. Despite a tie in 2002 MLB All Star Game, the National League has not won in 13 years and their pride is on the line this year. The following games are the five best MLB All Star Games in history not only because of what transpired in the games but because of the meaning of the game.
1933 MLB All Star Game: Babe Ruth Hits 2 Run Home Run & Makes Spectacular Catch
The first MLB All Star Game is an instant classic. baseball legend, Babe Ruth hits a two run home run and then at the age of 38 makes a game saving catch in right field to preserve the win for his teammate, New York pitcher Lefty Gomez. Although the game is an exhibition, both the American League and the National League play as though the game were a World Series game.
1970 MLB All Star Game: Pete Rose Barrels Over Ray Fosse To Win Game
Pete Rose changed the way the MLB All Star Game was played forever when he barreled towards home plate and leveled Oakland catcher Ray Fosse who had moved up the line to block the plate. Rose scored the game winning run and was vilified for playing to win. The run scored by Rose capped off a comeback by the National League, who were trailing the American League 4-1 in the bottom of the ninth.
1971 MLB All Star Game: Six Home Runs on a Windy Detroit Night
The American League not only ended an eight game MLB All Star Game drought, the game was one of the most memorable because there were six home runs by six different future MLB Hall of Fame players. Johnny Bench, Hank Aaron, Reggie Jackson, Frank Robinson, Harmon Killebrew and Roberto Clemente all clobbered home runs on a windy and breath taking night in old Tiger Stadium.
The game was an instant classic, with the American League winning the game after a colossal smash by Reggie Jackson. The Jackson home run, off of Doc Ellis, was 520 feet and hit the light tower, in an amazing show of strength by the Oakland outfielder. The hit is still considered one of the greatest home runs in MLB All Star Game history.
1983 MLB All Star Game: American League Breaks National League Dominance 13-3
The American League suffered through most of the first 50 years as the National League’s whipping boys. The 1983 MLB All Star Game ended an 11 game National League winning streak and since 1983, the National League has only won six times 27 games.
The game itself was played at Comiskey Park to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first MLB All Star game. The American League scored one of the most lopsided victories in the history of the MLB All Star Game and Fred Lynn, of the California Angels, hit the first grand slam in the history of the game. At the time is renewed the rivalry between the National League and American League for the first time in years.
2009 MLB All Star Game: American League Continues Longest Winning Streak
The 2009 MLB All Star Game continued the longest winning streak in MLB All Star history as the American League ran their unbeaten streak to 13. The 2002 MLB All Star Game, which ended in a tie, is the only blemish on the American League’s record. The game was also attended by President Barrack Obama, a Chicago White Sox fan. The five living Presidents also presented live messages via the message board at St Louis Busch Stadium.
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