Saturday, July 11, 2015

Baseball's All-Star Game

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. 



Marlins Park, Miami - AllPosters



On July 11th, the 2017 All-Star game will be held at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida (home of the Miami Marlins Baseball Team.).


Enjoy the 88th All-Star Game


Enjoy this great baseball tradition known as the Midsummer Classic as we celebrate the first half of the the 2017 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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More baseball stories by Wednesday Elf:
Why I'm a Baseball Fan
A Collection of St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Players
Baseball's Perfect Game Pitchers
Quiz: Do You Know Your Baseball Jargon?

 








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9 comments:

  1. Wow! Until I read this article, I honestly had not realized just how far into the summer we really are already, but what a fun and fantastic tradition for baseball players and fans alike. It would be pretty cool to see not only an all-star line-up, but also players who are normally competing with each other, actually playing together as a team. Baseball rocks!

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    1. Yep - summer is flying by - we are now half-way through the baseball season! Goes too fast for me - I could watch baseball all year round...LOL. BTW, I always root for the National League to win because most of my favorite players are on NL teams!

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  2. There's something very special about baseball's All-Star game! Even though I don't follow any one team closely, I do love baseball and the spirit that comes along with it. Looking forward to Tuesday night's game!

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  3. There's something very special about baseball's All-Star game! Even though I don't follow any one team closely, I do love baseball and the spirit that comes along with it. Looking forward to Tuesday night's game!

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    1. Thanks for your visit, Susan. The All-Star Break is always an interesting time, whether you are a baseball fan or not. Fun to watch the top players in both leagues compete.

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  4. Interesting!! I was a huge baseball fan growing up and even as my boys were growing but haven't followed it at all since my boys got out of school. They collected baseball cards and each had their favorite team, neither of which were the same as mine. I hadn't realized many of the points you mentioned so I really enjoyed the article and as always, I learned something new! Thank you.

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    1. I, too, was a huge baseball fan growing up, then followed it only in a minor way while my kids were growing up as none of them (or my hubby) were much into baseball. After the kids were grown, I went back to following baseball big time and watch at least one game every day during the season and read baseball stories daily online at MLB. Baseball has once again become my deepest passion. :)

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  5. I love that the All Star game is being played in Cincinnati this year. I used to love driving down to watch them play, that was way back when though. Back in the days that they were called the Big Red Machine and we had players like Johnny Bench, Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, George Foster, Ken Griffey Sr, Tony Perez and few others. And who could forget the coach, Sparky Anderson! Those were the days of some great baseball! I'd venture to say that each one of those guys played in an All-Star game or two.

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    1. You certainly got to see some of the 'greats' of Cincinnati baseball, Beverly. I envy you. I remember all those players too. Fun to see that the 'Home Run Derby' was won by a hometown boy (Todd Frazier), making it perfect for the venue!

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