Memorable MLB All-Star Game moments
2013: Mo's farewell
Before the 2012-13 season, Mariano Rivera announced it would be his last in the major leagues. Considered the greatest closer of all-time, Rivera holds the records for the most saves to go along with his five World Series championships. In his 13th and final All-Star game, Rivera was given a standing ovation by the crowd, as well as both teams, as he left the bullpen for the mound. He retired all three batters he faced, becoming the first reliever to be named the game's MVP.
2008: Final All-Star Game at original Yankee Stadium
The celebration surrounding the final season at the original Yankee Stadium continued with 49 Hall of Famers taking part in a pregame celebration to honor the stadium's history. The game lived up to the hype, as the teams battled through 14 innings deadlocked at 3-3. Texas' Michael Young hit a sacrifice fly to plate Minnesota's Justin Morneau in the bottom of the 15th to give the American League the win in the longest All-Star Game in major league history.
2007: Ichiro's inside the park home run
With the AL trailing 1-0 in the top of the fifth inning, Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki stepped to the plate. Ichiro hit a deep fly ball to right field that took a funny carom off the wall. He raced around the bases to notch the first inside the park home run in the 74-year history of the All-Star Game. Ichiro went 3-for-3 in the game, and was named All-Star Game MVP.
2003: Hank Blalock's home run
2003 marked the first year that the winning team would be awarded home-field advantage in the World Series. With the American League trailing 6-5 in the bottom of the eighth, Texas' Hank Blalock came up with two outs and one runner on base. Blalock blasted a two-run, go-ahead home run and the American League held on for a 7-6 win.
2002: Game ends in a 7-7 tie
As the game entered the 11th inning, both teams were down to the last pitcher in their bullpen. In the middle of the 11th, managers Joe Torre and Bob Brenly met with Commissioner Bud Selig, and Selig decided that if the National League did not score in the bottom of the 11th, the game would end in a tie. Seattle's Freddy Garcia retired the side in the 11th, and the game ended tied 7-7.
2001: Cal Ripken, Jr.'s second MVP
In the Iron Man's final season, he was selected for a record 19th All-Star appearance. Ripken hit a solo home run in the third inning to open the scoring and was named the game's MVP. He became just the fourth player to win two All-Star Game MVP awards.
1999: Pedro Martinez strikes out 5 of 6
Taking the mound at his home stadium of Fenway Park, Boston's Pedro Martinez started off the 1999 contest with one of the most electric pitching performances in All-Star Game history. He struck out the first four batters he faced, and recorded five strikeouts in the two innings he pitched. Among the victims were sluggers Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Larry Walker and Jeff Bagwell.
1999: Ted Williams throws out the first pitch
With his health failing, the Splendid Splinter made one of his final public appearances prior to the 1999 All-Star Game at Fenway Park. The hometown fans gave the former Red Sox hero a standing ovation that lasted several minutes, and Williams was surrounded at the mound by several players on both All-Star teams.
1993: John Kruk faces Randy Johnson
Kruk quickly found out firsthand how intimidating the 6-foot-10 Johnson could be. After the Mariners' lefty sailed his first pitch, a 98 mph fastball, over Kruk's head, Kruk struck out on the next three pitches. On each pitch, he backed out of the batter's box, terrified of Johnson's fastball.
1984: Valenzuela and Gooden strike out six straight
In the fourth and fifth innings of the 1984 game, Fernando Valenzuela and Dwight "Doc" Gooden combined to strike out six straight hitters, including future Hall of Famers George Brett, Reggie Jackson and Dave Winfield.
1971: Hall of Fame power surge
The 1971 game at Tiger Stadium included perhaps the most impressive collection of home runs ever seen in one game. Future Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Johnny Bench, Frank Robinson, Harmon Killebrew and Reggie Jackson all went deep. Jackson's was most impressive, hitting a light tower and travelling an estimated 520 feet.
1970: Pete Rose runs over Ray Fosse
With two outs in the bottom of the 12th inning of a 4-4 tie, Rose was standing on second base with Jim Hickman coming to the plate. Hickman hit a single to center field, and Rose rounded third to try and score the winning run. The throw and Rose arrived at home plate at virtually the same time, but Rose bowled over American League catcher Ray Fosse to knock the ball loose and score the winning run. Fosse dislocated his shoulder on the play and was never the same player after the collision.
1949: The All-Star Game integrates
Two years after Jackie Robinson and Larry Doby broke the major league color barrier, Robinson and Doby were among four African-Americans to integrate the All-Star Game. They were joined by Roy Campanella and Don Newcombe.
1934: Carl Hubbell mows down the American League
In just the second All-Star Game ever, Carl Hubbell struck out future Hall of Famers Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin consecutively. Hubbell's five strikeouts in a row is still an All-Star Game record.