Review of a Mid-Summer Classic
Welcome to July baseball from Wednesday Elf, known as the 'baseball fan contributor' here on Review This! It's time for a mid-season story about baseball's All-Star Game.
The All-Star Game
|Plenty of base hits in these bats|
This picture titled "Plenty of base hits in these bats" was taken at the 1937 All-Star Game and includes the famous players Lou Gehrig, Joe Cronin, Bill Dickey, Joe DiMaggio, Charlie Gehringer, Jimmie Foxx, and Hank Greenberg.
The Mid-Summer classic known as the All-Star game has occurred (nearly) every July since 1933. (No official MLB All-Star Game was held in 1945 due to World War II.)
The All-Star game is held on either the second or third Tuesday in July to mark a symbolic halfway-point in the Major League Baseball season. Known as the 'All-Star Break', no regular-season games are scheduled on the day before or for two days after the Tuesday All-Star Game. A number of festivities are held the day before the All-Star game, including the 'Home Run Derby', a contest between MLB's top home runner hitters, which began in 1985.
2015 was the 30 Year Anniversary of the 'Home Run Derby' (1985-2015)
The participants (players) in this annual mid-summer event are chosen by the fans in both the National League and the American League. Until 1947, the team selections were chosen only by the managers, but since then the fans get to select the starting lineup. The pitchers are still selected by the managers. Ballots used to be given out at ballparks throughout baseball for voting on players for the game. This year (2015) is the first year that all voting is done entirely on the internet.
All-Star Game Venue
The ballparks chosen for each year's All-Star game alternate between the National and the American League, with venues selected for a variety of reasons by a MLB selection committee. The choices may be made to commemorate a particular historical occasion, the opening of a new ballpark, or a significant year. For instance, the game was held in Yankee Stadium (home of the New York Yankees) in 2008 as it was the final year for that stadium prior to the new Yankee Stadium opening in 2009.
|Petco Park - San Diego Padres|
On July 12th, the 2016 All-Star game will be held at Petco Park in San Diego, California (home of the San Diego Padres Baseball Team.).
Enjoy the 87th All-Star Game
Enjoy this great baseball tradition known as the Midsummer Classic as we celebrate the first half of the the 2016 baseball season.
|Available on Amazon|
Once the game is over, while waiting for the second half of the season to begin, us baseball fans can catch up on past All-Star games with this great baseball reference book The Midsummer Classic. It's a fun book for baseball fans who love reading and compiling statistics. The book has facts and play-by-play game data of every All-Star game through the year 2000. (published in 2001). A comprehensive resource for fans, researchers and baseball historians.
Let's enjoy Baseball.
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Baseball's Perfect Game Pitchers
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