500 HRC Members Shine in All-Star Game Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Friday, 30 June 2006

Aging But Still Splendid Babe Stars at 1st All-Star Game

The first All-Star Game was held as part of the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago and was the brainchild of Arch Ward, then sports editor for The Chicago Tribune. Thirty-eight-year-old Babe Ruth, a crowd pleaser to the end, belted the first All-Star home run in the third inning of the inaugural All-Star Game in 1933 (Chicago, Comiskey Park).  Ruth also made a dazzling late-inning catch to secure the 4-2 win for the American League.    The spectacle and excitement generated by this first All-Star Game ensured that it would be an annual event.

Ted Williams Helps Raises a Roar and Money for Charity

During the 1941 All-Star Game, played in Detroit, Briggs Stadium, 500HRC member Ted Williams sent the crowd into a frenzy of excitement when he belted a game-winning three-run HR in the bottom of the ninth.   The game raised $63,267 for the United Service Organization (USO).  Williams continued his All-Star Game heroics in 1946, when after serving three years in the Marine Corps, he returned to the game he loved and went 4-for-4, homering twice and driving in five runs.

500 HRC Trio Stars in 1956 All-Star Game

Three of the game’s all-time leading home run hitters: Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams all homered in the 1956 All-Star Game played in Washington’s Griffith Stadium to lead the National League to a 7-3 victory.

"They invented the All-Star game for Willie Mays." - Ted Williams

Banks Homer Secures All-Star Victory

Mr. Cub Ernie Banks made the first of XX All-Star appearances in the 1960 All-Star game. Fellow 500 HRC member Willie Mays collected a single, double and triple, but it was the young shortstop who stole the show with a timely double and a game winning two-run homer in a 5-3 NL victory.  Banks ended the season leading the league in HR for the second time, with 41.

Say-Hey Willie Mays Makes 24 All-Star Appearances

During the 1959 All-Star Game in Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field, Willie Mays went 4-for-4, tripling home Hank Aaron with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.

May continued to excel on the Alll-Star stage.  In 1965, at Metropolitan Stadium in at Minneapolis, he homered in the first inning to help the National League win the game and take the lead in All-Star victories for the first time, 18-17-1.

1973 marked the debut of the designated hitter and 24th and final All-Star appearance of Willie Mays, arguably the greatest all-round performer in All-Star history. Over the years, Mays batted .307 with 23 hits, including three home runs, three triples and two doubles.  He also made a number of spectacular defensive plays.

Four 500 HRC Stars Go Yard in 1971 Spectacle

The 1971 All-Star Game in Detroit, Tiger Stadium served as a perfect stage to spotlight the power of future 500 Home Run Club®members Reggie Jackson, Harmon Killebrew, Frank Robinson, and Hank Aaron who all hammered home runs in the last All-Star Game played at Tiger Stadium.
Mike Schmidt Show His Stuff To Record All-Star Crowd

In 1981, at Cleveland’s colossal Municipal Stadium, 500 HRC member Mike Schmidt smacked a two run shot in the eighth off Rollie Fingers to secure the win before a record crowd of more than 72,000.

Griffey, Jr. Takes All-Star MVP Honors

In 1992, the most recent 500 Home Run Club®inductee Ken Griffey Jr., became the All-Star Game MVP when he went 3-for-3, including a home run deep into the upper deck of San Diego’s Jack Murphy Stadium.

Bonds Leads HR Blitz at Coors Field  

In what has come to be known as the "Year of the Homer," Barry Bonds and several other young sluggers, including Alex Rodriguez all homered at Coors Field in the highest scoring game in All-Star history, when the American Leaguers won 13-8.

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