NATS All-Star Game 2018: Some ALL-STAR History & D.C.

Everyone is excited that the ALL-STAR GAME is coming to D.C. in 2018.  What about some ALL-STAR GAME history:

Fun Fact: The first All Star Game was in 1933 at the Chicago White Sox’s Comiskey Park. Cleveland Stadium and Old Yankee Stadium are tied for the most times a stadium has hosted the game, with four each. The Nats and the Tampa Bay Rays are the only teams that have not hosted the Classic.

Another Fun Fact: The first Home Run Derby was in 1985 at Minneapolis; it was then a contest between leagues (5 players each) and the AL won 17 16. In Derby history, Ken Griffey, Jr. CF (Mariners/Reds) has the most wins (3) and most appearances (8). Josh Hamilton OF (Rangers) hit the most HRs in one round (18—2008), and Bobby Abreu RF (Phillies) the most overall HRs in one event (41 2005).


YEAR                        VENUE                                  ATTENDANCE

1937 Griffith Stadium 31,391
1956 Griffith Stadium 28,843
1962 D.C. (RFK) Stadium 45,480
1969 RFK Stadium 45,259

***The Montreal EXPOS hosted the Summer Classic once, in 1982.

Highlights Of D.C. All-Star Games:

1937: The first pitch was thrown by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and ended in an AL victory 8 3 over the NL. Dizzy Dean (Cardinals) and Lefty Gomez (Yankees) were the starting pitchers; during the game Dizzy Dean’s toe was broken when he was struck by an Earl Averill (Indians) hit. Senator All Stars: Rick Ferrell (C), Wes Ferrell (P). Wes and Rick were brothers and teammates from 1933 37; they both played in the 1933 and 1937 All Star games. Rick was elected to the HOF by the Veterans Committee in 1984.

1956: The game featured home runs by Willie Mays and Stan Musial for the NL, and Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams for the AL. Starting pitchers were Billy Pierce (Chicago White Sox) and Bob Friend (Pittsburgh Pirates); NL won 7 3 with Friend earning the win, and Johnny Antonelli (San Francisco Giants) got the save. Senator All Stars: Roy Sievers (OF). Sievers was a 5 time All Star, AL Rookie of the Year (1949), AL home run and RBI champion (1957).

1962: President John F. Kennedy threw out the first pitch, and the NL won 3 1. Maury Wills of the Los Angeles Dodgers was the MVP. Starting pitchers were Don Drysdale (Dodgers), and Jim Bunning (Tigers); Juan Marichal (San Francisco Giants) got the win. Senator All Stars: Dave Stenhouse (P). Stenhouse, a rookie at the time, was selected as the starting pitcher for the OTHER 1962 All Star Game at Wrigley Field, against Johnny Podres (Dodgers).

Fun Fact: The 1962 game was one of two (July 10th in D.C. and the other July 30th at Wrigley Field) All Star Games because from 1959 62 a second game was added to raise money for the MLB players’ pension funds, as well as other causes. This was abandoned because having two games watered down the appeal and impact of the event.

1969: The 40th All Star Game resulted in a 9-3 victory for the NL. The original date of July 22nd was rained out, so the game took place on July 23rd. Senator All Stars: starter Frank Howard (OF), and Darold Knowles (LHP). Per Wikipedia, Knowles is the only pitcher to have played in all 7 games of a World Series (1973 with the Oakland Athletics). H
oward (“Hondo”) was a two time AL home run champion (1968 and 1970) and AL RBI champion (1970) with the Senators.



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