Wednesday, July 12, 2017

7/12 All-Stars: TRS Host 65th ASG; Kiner Homers, Clemente w/Two Hits, Game Stories

  • 1949 - Pittsburgh sent OF Ralph Kiner to Ebbet’s Field for the All-Star Game, won 11-7 by the AL. Kiner went just 1-for-5, but his hit left the park for a two-run homer. This All-Star Game was notable as the first to have black ballplayers in the line-up. Brooklyn’s Jackie Robinson started at 2B while teammates C Roy Campanella and P Don Newcombe also got in. Cleveland Indians' OF’er Larry Doby played the final four innings of the game for the AL. 
  • 1955 - OF Frank Thomas was the only Pirate player in the All Star Game at Milwaukee’s County Stadium. He went 0-for-1 in a 6-5 NL overtime win. It was one of the senior circuit’s great rallies as they overcame a 5-0 deficit in the seventh and eighth innings, winning in the 12th frame on Donora’s Stan “The Man” Musial’s first-pitch walkoff homer. 
Roberto Clemente 2014 Topps Upper Class
  • 1966 - The NL edged the AL 2-1 at Busch Stadium in the All-Star game on soon-to-be Bucco Maury Will’s 10th-inning rap. OF Roberto Clemente went 2-for-4 with a double, OF Willie Stargell 0-for-1 and P Bob Veale sat. The game not only went into extra innings, but was played in muggy 105 degree heat with the field reaching a toasty 113 degrees. 
  • 1988 - The AL pitchers outdid their senior circuit counterparts in a 2-1 victory in the All Star game at Riverfront Stadium. 3B Bobby Bonilla went 0-for-4 and OF Andy Van Slyke was 0-for-2. Bob Walk pitched to one batter, Carney Lansford, with two outs in the seventh and a runner on second and got him to ground out. 
  • 1994 - The largest crowd in Pittsburgh baseball history, 59,568, turned out as Three Rivers Stadium played host to baseball's 65th All-Star Game. It was one of the most exciting All-Star games ever held. Fred McGriff’s two-run homer tied the contest in the ninth, then Tony Gwynn led off the 10th with a single and came around to score the game-winning run on a double by Moises Alou as the NL posted an 8-7 victory. 2B Carlos Garcia was the Pirates lone representative, and went 1-for-2 with a single. Bucco legend Willie Stargell tossed out the ceremonial first ball. 
Carlos Garcia 1994 Donruss Triple Play
  • 2005 - The AL whipped the NL at Comerica Park 7-5 in the All Star game. The Pirates sent Jason Bay as their rep and he was the only position player for either side not to play, though Jay did get some swings in as a participant of the home run derby. He used up his 10 outs without a long ball, the only player not to swat a couple of souvenirs during the competition. 
  • 2011 - The NL took a 5-1 decision from the AL All-Stars at Chase Field. OF Andrew McCutchen and pitchers Joel Hanrahan and Kevin Correia were named to the team. Cutch went 0-for-1, Hanny pitched to two batters with a strikeout and single, and KC didn’t get in the game. It was the first ASG in a NL ballyard to use a DH. 
  • 2016 - Both Bucco reps got in the ASG, a 4-2 AL victory at Petco Field in San Diego. Mark “The Shark” Melancon gave up a walk and then closed out his inning with a grounder while Starling Marte went 1-for-1 with a two-out, first-pitch, pinch-hit single to right and played an inning in center field. It was the last All-Star game that determined home field advantage for the World Series, as had been done since 2003. Home field afterward would be earned by the team with the best regular season record.

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