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July 05, 2023

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM JULY 5 - 11, 2023 UCW 19 Notable moments in MLB All-Star Game history a STAFF REPORT e first All-Star Game in Major League Base- ball was held on July 6, 1933, at Comiskey Park in Chicago. Since then, many a notable moment has marked the game known as the Midsummer Classic. is year's game will be played on July 11 at T-Mobile Park, which is the home of the Seattle Mariners. e game is sure to feature its fair share of great plays, and fans can watch to see if any of those match up with these memorable moments from past MLB All-Star Games. July 8, 1941: e 1941 season is widely remem- bered for the exploits of New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio. DiMaggio's record-setting 56-game hitting streak during the 1941 season still stands, but that year's All-Star Game featured heroics from another Hall of Famer. e game had the first walk-off homerun in Midsummer Classic history thanks to Boston Red Sox great Ted Wil- liams, whose three-run blast gave the American League a 7-5 win. July 13, 1971: Tape measure homeruns were a hallmark of the Hall of Fame career of Reg- gie Jackson. But in 1971 Reggie's career was still very much in its early stages. e 1971 Midsum- mer Classic was just the second of Jackson's 14 All-Star Game appearances, but it might have produced his most memorable Midsummer Classic moment when he hit a ball onto the roof of Tiger Stadium in Detroit. e ball traveled an estimated 520 feet, going so far that it was not even in the frame on the television broadcast by the time it of- ficially departed the stadium. July 17, 1979: Strikeouts, homeruns and unbelievable catches might stand out in All-Star Game history, but in 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates out- fielder Dave Parker made the game memorable thanks to his prolific arm. Parker earned the game's Most Valu- able Player honor after throwing out Jim Rice at third base in the seventh inning and then taking it one step fur- ther an inning later, keeping the game tied with an incredible throw from deep right field to nab Brian Downing at home. July 13, 1999: Future Hall of Famers combined to make the 1999 All-Star Game an instant classic, though several of those vaunted ballplayers may not remember the game too fondly. Pitching in front of his own fans at Fen- way Park in Boston, Red Sox legend and future Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez struck out five of the six batters he faced. Among the victims of Pe- dro's dominance were Barry Larkin, Larry Walker and Jeff Bagwell, each of whom would ultimately be enshrined in Cooperstown. July 9, 2002: It didn't take long for fans to be dazzled during the 2002 All-Star Game. With two outs in the bottom of the first inning, San Fran- cisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds drove a ball that seemed destined to land beyond the wall in center field. But Minnesota Twins center fielder Torii Hunter had something else in mind, leaping at the wall to rob Bonds of a homerun. e catch remains one of the more memorable grabs that made Midsummer Classic history. e MLB All-Star Game on July 11 is sure to feature great hits and great plays. Fans can match them up against memorable moments from past games. SPORTS sponsored by:

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