The inaugural All-Star game was held in Mountain Time Zone. The American League defeated the National League 13-8 in the game. It is still the highest-scoring All-Star Game in Major League Baseball history. Three players scored four runs each - Vic Wertz, Johnny Evers, and Sam Rice — and five players had two hits apiece - Evers, Rice, George Suggs, Joe Jackson, and Billy Hamilton.
The second All-Star game was also held in Mountain Time Zone. This time it was the National League who prevailed 14-12 over their American League counterparts. Rogers Hornsby of the New York Cubs was the MVP of the game.
The third and final All-Star game was played in Cleveland. This time it was the AL that came out on top 4-3. Lou Gehrig was the MVP of the game.
Overall, these three games ended up being very close with each team winning one game. These games were very important for baseball at the time because they helped bring in fans during the summer months. Ticket sales were very low during this period so any opportunity to get people interested in baseball is good for business.
It's also interesting to note that all three games ended in a 3-3 tie.
Since the first one in 1933, there have been ninety Major League Baseball All-Star Games. The American League (AL) leads the series with 45 wins and a 373-370 run margin; two games were tied. The last All-Star Game was played at Coors Field on July 11, 2015.
The original purpose of the All-Star Game was to give players a chance to win personal awards and showcase their skills to major league scouts. Over time, it has become one of the most important events of the baseball season.
During World War II, the All-Star Game was not held because no major league games could be played. From 1947 to 1950, there were no All-Star Games due to labor disputes. From 1951 to 1957, there were no All-Stars due to another labor dispute. In 1958, the AL won the All-Star Game 3-1. Since then, the AL has led every year except 1995 when the game was canceled due to the strike that year.
In 1963, the original format for the All-Star Game was used. It consisted of three batting practices and two innings of play per team with the starting pitcher coming from the visiting team. This format was used until 1969 when they added the All-Star Game Final.
The National League has won 43 games thus far, while the American League has won 42. Because the All-Star Game marks the unofficial midway point of the season, it is also known as the "Midsummer Classic." "Remember when they ran out of players and the game was tied?" background information for you trivia fans.
The last time these two leagues met in an All-Star Game was 2008 at AT&T Park in San Francisco. The National League won that game 4-3. Since then, the National League has won three out of four All-Star Games.
The most recent All-Star Game was on July 11th at Coors Field in Denver. The National League defeated the American League 10-9 in 12 innings. NL MVP Daniel Murphy led all hitters with 3 hits including a double, 2 RBI's and a run scored. Murphy was selected as a starter by both fans and coaches but was replaced by Matt Holliday of the Cardinals after he came off the disabled list later in the week due to a hamstring injury.
Major League Baseball chooses the location of the All-Star Game. The site selection criteria are subjective; traditionally, cities with new ballparks and those that have not hosted the game in a long time—or ever—tend to be chosen. The National League wins most years.
The last three games of the World Series will be played at an All-Star venue. If the series goes seven games, then one additional game will be played at an All-Star venue. If it goes the full eight, they'll all be played at home stadiums. In fact, every year since the event began in 1959, either the National League or American League has won each of its first two games at their traditional ballpark.
Since 1962, the winning league's manager selects the players who will compete in the midsummer classic. From 1959-1962, the position was shared between managers from each team. The AL manager selected the first team while the NL manager selected the second team. From 1953-1958, the manager was designated by his team's owner/president.
From 1920-1952, the All-Star Game was played as a single game with the National League winner being recognized as champion. From 1920-1923, the game was not held because of concerns about baseball's health risks at the time.
Major League Baseball's All-Star Game Previous occasion: July 9, 2019 (Progressive Field, Cleveland) The following event will take place on July 13, 2021. (Coors Field, Denver, CO) The event is organized by the American League, the National League, and Major League Baseball. The All-Star Game is an annual major league baseball game held between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL). It is one of the two official games of the summer season, along with the World Series. The AL wins the game 7–5.
The All-Star Game was created by Alva Hoffman of the American League in 1933 as a way for his team to reward themselves after losing the 1932 World Series to the Chicago Cubs. Before then, there were no events during the regular season to determine which league had control of the pennant. So, the All-Star Game was created so that players could show their support for their teams without jeopardizing their careers. From its inception through 1969, the game was played at Comiskey Park in Chicago. It moved to Fenway Park in Boston from 1970 to 2003, when it returned to Comiskey Park.
In 2004, the All-Star Game was held at Detroit's new Comerica Park because Comiskey Park was being renovated for use by the White Sox. In 2007, the game returned to Fenway Park for the first time since 2003.
N.L. All-Stars vs. All-Stars, July 10, 2007.