Back in 1961, there were two All-Star games played. The second occurred on July 31 in Fenway Park. The teams combined for just nine hits and were tied at 1 after nine innings when a rain deluge forced the end of the game, resulting in a tie. The AL had a chance to win in the ninth after Al Kaline stole second with one out, but the NL's Stu Miller (in his third inning) struck out Elston Howard and Roy Sievers. Unlike the 2002 tie, only seven pitchers total were used in this game.
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1979: Reggie Jackson ... Seattle Mariner?
Yankees star Reggie Jackson, never shy to be in the spotlight, took a private plane to the 1979 All-Star Game -- and still forgot his uniform. With warmup and a team photo scheduled, Jackson was given a uniform of the host Seattle Mariners. And, thus, in the American League's team picture for that game, there's Jackson, who never played for Seattle, in a Mariners uniform (second row, second from left). "He just stole the thunder of that whole picture right there," said the Phillies' Mike Schmidt. Jackson surely would have had it no other way.
1979: The Kissing Bandit plants one on George Brett
It might be hard to believe nowadays that a former exotic dancer could make her way onto the playing field and kiss a baseball player. But Morganna the Kissing Bandit did just that for years, most notably in the 1970s. In the 1979 All-Star Game at the Kingdome, in the bottom of the first inning with one out and the American League trailing 2-0, Morganna found her way to the batter's box, where she gave George Brett a kiss. Amazingly, Brett remained composed enough to draw a walk.
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1985: Lou Whitaker's fake jersey
Tigers second baseman Lou Whitaker forgot to bring his jersey and equipment to the 1985 All-Star Game -- and didn't tell anyone until just hours before the game. He was able to borrow a helmet, fielder's glove and batting gloves. A Twins clubhouse attendant then had to buy a snapback cap and replica jersey from a Metrodome gift shop. But the back of the jersey was blank, so Whitaker's No. 1 was drawn in black marker (but not his name). Whitaker played five innings and his jersey was sent to the Smithsonian.
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1992: Pitchers Charles Nagy, Norm Charlton forced to bat
In this age of bloated All-Star rosters and the designated hitter, pitchers don't bat in the All-Star Game. But in 1992, out of position players, the AL sent Charles Nagy to bat in the eighth inning of a 10-1 blowout -- and he singled off Doug Jones (the first hit for a pitcher since Steve Carlton in 1969 and first for an AL pitcher since Ken McBride in 1963). In the bottom of the ninth, the NL staged a rally cutting the deficit to 13-6 and loaded the bases . . . and were also out of position players. So Norm Charlton had to bat, striking out against Dennis Eckersley.
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1993: Randy Johnson scares John Kruk
Hard-throwing left-handed Randy Johnson was never fun for a left-handed hitter to face. In the 1993 All-Star Game, Johnson unleashed a fastball well over the head of John Kruk, who reacted with a deep breath and a couple of taps to his chest as well as getting a pat on the helmet from AL catcher Ivan Rodriguez. Kruk would stand deep in the batter's box and flail at two pitches in striking out. "After the first pitch all I wanted to do is live," Kruk said. "I lived. So I had a good at-bat."
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2001: A-Rod makes Cal Ripken play shortstop
Cal Ripken Jr. hadn't been a full-time shortstop since 1996. In 2001, his last season in the majors, Ripken was voted as the starting third baseman for the All-Star Game. But starting AL shortstop Alex Rodriguez pitched an idea to Joe Torre to "celebrate (Ripken's) time at shortstop," and the manager gave it the OK. When Ripken took the field before the first pitch, A-Rod told him to play shortstop -- and even pushed him in that direction when Ripken initially balked. Ripken played one inning at short and later called it a "wonderful tribute" and "something that I will always remember."
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2002: Barry Bonds provides uplifting moment
Baseball is said to be a kid's game played by men. In the 2002 All-Star Game, that might have never been more evident. After Torii Hunter robbed Barry Bonds of a home run in the first inning, Bonds, with a big smile on his face, went out to high-five Hunter, but ended up picking up the Twins outfielder and carrying him. No matter what you think of Bonds, it was a playful moment reminding us all that baseball is a game and one meant to have fun playing.
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2002: Fit to be tied
Playing in Milwaukee, the home of commissioner Bud Selig, the game went into extra innings when a problem arose: both the American and National league teams were out of available pitchers. Freddy Garcia, the ninth AL hurler, and Vicente Padilla, the 10th for the NL, both pitched two innings. When no one emerged the victor after 11 innings, the game was called a tie -- much to the chagrin of fans, who booed and threw bottles onto the field.