5. July 14, 1970: NL 5, AL 4 (12 innings): Pete Rose collides with Ray Fosse at home
Revisionist history has begun to paint this game in a different light. What was once hailed as an example of the competitive drive and determination of “Charlie Hustle” Pete Rose, is now often looked upon as a senseless act in a meaningless game that destroyed a man’s career. Of course, the difference of opinion coincides with the downfall of Pete Rose. Played at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, OH, the 1970 All-Star game is certainly memorable, if nothing else. Trailing 4-1 in the bottom of the 9th, the NL scored three runs to force extra innings. In the bottom of the 12th, Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds was at second when Jim Hickman of the Chicago Cubs hit a single into the outfield. Rose rounded third, sprinted home and collided with Cleveland Indians catcher Ray Fosse, who dropped the ball giving the National League the victory. Ray Fosse suffered a debilitating shoulder injury on the play and was never the same. Click here to see a video of the play.
4. July 12, 1955: NL 6, AL 5 (12 innings): Stan Musial hits dramatic walk-off home run
Played at Milwaukee County Stadium, the 1955 All-Star game did not look to be a classic early on. After getting out to an early lead, the American League coasted into the bottom of the 7th inning sporting a 5-0 advantage. Then Milwaukee Braves and N. Y. Giants legends Hank Aaron and Willie Mays scored to cut the deficit to 5-2. The next inning, the senior circuit plated three more runs to tie the game at 5-5. Neither team scored in the 9th, forcing just the second extra inning All-Star game up to that point. The game remained scoreless going into the 12th. After Braves pitcher Gene Conley struck out the side in the top of the frame, Stan Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals headed to the plate to lead off against Boston Red Sox pitcher Frank Sullivan. On the first pitch, Musial smashed a deep home run to right field, giving the National League a thrilling 6-5 victory. On a sad note, the game was played on the day of Arch Ward’s funeral, the journalist credited with starting the All-Star game. Click here to see a rare video of Musial’s blast.
3. July 15, 2003: AL 7, NL 6: Thrilling come-from-behind AL victory erases memories of ’02 game
Following the debacle of the 2002 All-Star tie, Commissioner Bud Selig needed the 2003 game to deliver positive memories. Trailing 1-0 in the top of the 5th inning, Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton hit a home run that also scored Gary Sheffield of the Atlanta Braves. The NL scored three more runs in the 5th to take a commanding 5-1 lead. In the bottom of the 7th, the junior circuit trimmed their deficit to 6-4 after a home run by Jason Giambi of the New York Yankees. But with dominant Los Angeles Dodgers closer Eric Gagne on the mound protecting a two run lead, the National League seemed certain to break their six game winless streak. However, the American League scored three runs in the frame, capped by a two run blast off the bat of Hank Blalock of the Texas Rangers. The AL held on to their one run lead in the top of the 9th to take the victory 7-6. The 2003 All-Star game, played at U. S. Cellular Field in Chicago, was just what baseball needed.
2. July 8, 1941: AL 7, NL 5: Ted Williams shines in his memorable 1941 season
The 1941 All-Star game, played at Briggs Stadium in Detroit, was the first midsummer classic to be played after America joined World War II. As such, it would mark one of the last opportunities for baseball fans to see their heroes before they joined the military. 1941 was also the memorable season in which Joe DiMaggio had his 56 game hitting streak and Ted Williams hit over .400. Both would play prominently in the ’41 All-Star game. Trailing 2-1 going into the top of the 7th inning, the National League scored four runs over the next two innings to take a 5-2 lead. In the bottom of the 8th, Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees hit a double and later scored to cut the NL lead to 5-3. The next inning, DiMaggio came to bat with the bases loaded and one out. Although he hit into a force out, a run scored bringing the AL to within one run of the lead. Then Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox came to bat and hit a two out, three run homer to give the American League a dramatic 7-5 victory. Click here to see a video of Williams’ home run.
1. July 10, 1934: AL 9, NL 7: Carl Hubbell strikes out five consecutive Hall of Famers
One of the most memorable games ever played in the history of Major League Baseball, the 1934 All-Star game personifies the moniker “midsummer classic.” It is also the rare game in which the beginning was far more important than the ending. Played at the Polo Grounds in New York, the ’34 match-up was only the second All-Star game in MLB history. Pitching in his home stadium, Carl Hubbell was the starter for the National League. After allowing the first two batters to reach base, Hubbell had to deal with the AL’s 3-4-5 batters: Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees and Jimmie Foxx of the Philadelphia Athletics. In succession, Hubbell struck out all three. In the 2nd, Hubbell fanned the first two batters he faced, Al Simmons of the Chicago White Sox and Joe Cronin of the Washington Senators. All five batters would later be enshrined in the Hall of Fame. This is one of the most iconic moments in MLB history. Once Hubbell left the game, the batters took over with the AL winning 9-7. Click here to see a video of Carl Hubbell’s feat.
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