Stadium moments

Tuesday's game will mark just the fourth time in Yankee Stadium's 85-year history that the game will have been played in the Bronx. The good news for the National League: It's 2-1 at Yankee Stadium. The bad news: The last win was in 1977, which seems to be about the same time the NL last won an All-Star Game. (Actually the NL last won in 1996, but who's keeping score other than the American League and its World Series representative?)

A look at how the previous three All-Star Games at Yankee Stadium went:

1939 — (AL 3, NL 1) The AL had the star-filled lineup, with future Hall of Famers batting third through sixth. Joe DiMaggio, Bill Dickey, Hank Greenberg and Joe Cronin completed the heart of the AL order, which also had Jimmie Foxx and Lou Gehrig on the bench. It was Gehrig's final season. He played in just eight games that year.

The NL's lineup wasn't filled with slouches. Its No. 5-8 hitters all found their way into the Hall as well.

Despite the offensive firepower, the NL led 1-0 after three innings. The AL scored all the runs it would need in the fourth when Yankees outfielder George Selkirk tied the game with an RBI single and another run came home on an error. DiMaggio added a homer for the final run in the fifth. Detroit pitcher Tommy Bridges got the victory and Cleveland Hall of Famer Bob Feller went the final 32/3 innings for the save in front of more than 62,000.

1960 — (NL 6, AL 0) It was the second All-Star Game played that year, and the NL dominated. The NL used six pitchers in the shutout, with Pittsburgh's Vern Law starting and getting the victory.

The long ball was the key for the senior circuit, as it hit four home runs to account for all six runs. Hall of Famers Willie Mays, Eddie Mathews and Stan Musial each went deep, as did Ken Boyer.

To no one's surprise, Yankees dominated the heart of the AL order with Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle, Moose Skowron and Yogi Berra all starting. But the quartet failed to deliver, combining to go 2-for-11.

1977 — (NL 7, AL 5) The National League jumped all over future Hall of Famer Jim Palmer for four runs in the first inning. It added another off Palmer in the third and never trailed. The problem for Palmer was the long ball. Greg Luzinski, Joe Morgan and Steve Garvey took him out of Yankee Stadium.

Including the two starting pitchers, there were nine Hall of Famers in the starting lineups. The NL was so deep that Pete Rose, Mike Schmidt and Dave Winfield were on the bench. Future Rangers president Nolan Ryan made the AL team but didn't pitch.

The Dodgers' Don Sutton pitched three innings of one-hit ball and was selected the game's MVP.

—Combined wire services

TOP 10


TEAM ... Last week

1. Chicago Cubs ... 2

Six — Soto, Fukudome, A. Ramirez, Dempster, Zambrano, Wood

2. Tampa Bay Rays ... 1

Three — Navarro, Longoria, Kazmir

3. Boston Red Sox ... 3

Six — Youkilis, Pedroia, M. Ramirez, Varitek, Drew, Papelbon

4. Chicago White Sox ... 4

Two — Crede, Quentin

5. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim ... 5

Three — Santana, Saunders, F. Rodriguez

6. Philadelphia Phillies ... 6

Two — Utley, Lidge

7. St. Louis Cardinals ... 7

Two — Pujols, Ludwick

8. Minnesota Twins ... 8

Two — Morneau, Nathan

9. New York Yankees ... 9

Three — Jeter, A. Rodriguez, Rivera

10. New York Mets ... —

Two — Wright, Wagner

Dropped out: Milwaukee Brewers

Aaron Morton


Baseball lore is filled with players who had above-average first halves of a season, and maybe even represented their leagues in the All-Star Game but faded over the course of a full season.

Here are our fantasy All-Stars pitchers for the full season from July 1, 2007, through this June 30, with statistics compiled by the Elias Sports Bureau.

— AL: Both 20-game winners are New York Yankees. Chien-Ming Wang is an impressive 20-5, while Andy Pettitte is 20-9.

In ERA, only John Lackey (2.45), Scott Kazmir (2.54) and Fausto Carmona (2.60) are below 3.00. Javier Vazquez (18-9) leads in strikeouts with 224. Francisco Rodriguez is tops in saves with 49.

— NL: Brandon Webb's 22-9 record stands alone, followed by a pair of Cubs in Ted Lilly (18-9) and Carlos Zambrano (17-10).

Edinson Volquez has the NL's best ERA (2.70). Aaron Harang is the strikeout king (220). Among relievers, Jose Valverde (43 saves) and Brad Lidge (38) continue to get the job done.

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