1. 1970, Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati
Forgotten is the fact that Riverfront Stadium was only two weeks old and that The Play occurred at the end of a two-out rally in the bottom of the 12th and that it was Jim Hickman, a member of the 1962 Mets, who had the winning hit. What endures is the sight of Pete Rose crashing into American League catcher Ray Fosse to score the winning run. Fosse was injured and never was the same.
2. 1934, Polo Grounds, New York
It was thought that the first All-Star Game in 1933 was going to be a one-shot deal. It didn't take long for the Giants' Carl Hubbell, pitching on his home mound, to turn it into a national institution. He struck out five consecutive batters in the first two innings, every one an eventual Hall of Famer: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin.
3. 2001, Safeco Field, Seattle
Cal Ripken's final All-Star Game was memorable from the start. Alex Rodriguez, voted in as the starting shortstop, moved to third base (an omen) in the first inning so Ripken could play his natural position. Ripken homered and was named the MVP.
4. 1971, Tiger Stadium, Detroit
Hank Aaron hit his first All-Star home run, but the signature shot was the one that seemed to come right out of "The Natural." Reggie Jackson's blast off the rightfield light stanchion off Dock Ellis of the Pirates helped the American League to a 6-4 win, the only AL victory from 1963 to 1982.
5. 1983, Comiskey Park, Chicago
Fifty years later, the Midsummer Classic returned to the stadium in which it began, the park where Babe Ruth hit the first All-Star home run and began the American League's dominance. This time Fred Lynn hit the first All-Star grand slam and ended the AL's 11-game losing streak.
6. 1941, Briggs Stadium, Detroit
Ted Williams, midway through his .406 season, had what he considered a career highlight. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth and the AL down by a run, he blasted a three-run shot off the Cubs' Claude Passeau to the parapet way above rightfield for a 7-5 win.
7. 1964, Shea Stadium, New York
In the first year of the park at the World's Fair, the American League took a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth and put the game in the hands of fearsome Red Sox closer Dick Radatz. But the National League tied it, and then Johnny Callison of the Phillies, wearing a Mets helmet, drilled a two-out, two-strike pitch over the rightfield wall to win it, 7-4.
8. 1967, Anaheim Stadium
The first All-Star Game televised in prime time was a long-running drama. It went a record 15 innings and ended in a 2-1 NL win, when Cincinnati's Tony Perez hit a home run against Oakland's Catfish Hunter in the top of the inning and Mets rookie Tom Seaver closed it out with a scoreless bottom of the 15th.
9. 2003, U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago
The stadium was the successor of Comiskey Park and the game was an heir of the 1933 inaugural in terms of groundbreaking moments for the first time, the winning league earned home-field advantage in the World Series. Hank Blalock's two-run, eighth-inning homer against Eric Gagne (untouchable during the regular season) clinched a 7-6 AL victory.
10. 1981, Municipal Stadium, ClevelandThe first pitch was the memorable moment in this one, before an All-Star record crowd of 72,086. The Midsummer Classic, held for the first time on a Sunday night in August, marked baseball's return from a players' strike. (When the game was originally scheduled, in July, a radio station had held a Strat-O-Matic board game simulation in an empty Municipal Stadium).
. . . and 10 more
1. The tie, 2002
Leaky roof in Milwaukee's Miller Park was the least of Bud Selig's problems. The teams ran out of pitchers, so the game ended in an embarrassing 7-7 tie.
2. Lasorda's tumble, 2001
Coaching third base, honorary manager was knocked backward by barrel of Vladimir Guerrero's broken bat.
3. McLain's late arrival, 1969
Game was postponed by rain from Tuesday night to Wednesday afternoon, but the 31-game winner from 1968 had a dentist appointment. He missed the start, flying back in time to pitch the fourth inning.
4. Ballot-box stuffing, 1957
Reds fans got seven Cincinnati players in starting lineup, but commissioner Ford Frick removed two, installing Willie Mays and Hank Aaron. Fan voting was discontinued until 1970.
5. Blown away, 1961
Candlestick Park gusts knocked Stu Miller off mound, causing balk that brought in tying run.
6. Co-MVPs, 1975
Mets pitcher Jon Matlack shared honor with Bill Madlock of Cubs. Only other New York player ever to get his name on the MVP trophy was Derek Jeter, 2000.
7. Dizzy's foot, 1937
Earl Averill's line drive broke Dizzy Dean's toe and led to the end of Dean's spectacular career.
8. Bo knows, 1989
Bo Jackson led off first inning with 448-foot home run while Ronald Reagan, reprising his early career as a sportscaster, was in the TV booth.
9. Integration, 1949
Two years after Jackie Robinson broke the racial barrier, the All-Star Game at Ebbets Field had its first black players: Robinson, Roy Campanella, Don Newcombe and Larry Doby.
10. Ted returns to Fenway
Right before start of 1999 game at Fenway Park, Ted Williams was brought on the field in a golf cart to a tremendous ovation. Even more unforgettable was sight of current stars and All-Century team members surrounding him as if they were kids a scene that made Williams misty-eyed.