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Top 15 MLB All-Star Game Moments

Top 15 MLB All-Star Game Moments

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The All-Star Game has been played during every non-strike year since 1933 and that has produced countless memorable moments. From moments from nearly 70 years ago to moments just a couple seasons prior, the greatest moments in the mid-summer classic have been produced throughout its history. Here are the top 15 All-Star moments of all-time.

15. 2007: Ichiro Hits First Inside-The-Park Home Run

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15. 2007: Ichiro Hits First Inside-The-Park Home Run

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You would think someone would have hit an inside-the-park home run in the first 73 years of the all-star game, but it never happened in those prior seasons. Ichiro changed that with one swing as he belted a ball to the gap in right center field and showed off his blazing speed as he chugged all the way around the bases for the mid-summer classic's first ever inside-the-park home run.

14. 1943: First Night Time All-Star Game

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14. 1943: First Night Time All-Star Game

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Even though the MLB started playing regular season night games in 1935, they didn't play the mid-summer classic at night until 1943. This set the stage for the game to be set in prime time as television emerged later on.

13. 1981: All-Star Game Ends Player's Strike

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13. 1981: All-Star Game Ends Player's Strike

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Baseball fans around the country were hungry for their favorite sport in 1981 as a player's strike was underway. Luckily for them, the strike ended just in time for the All-Star game to still take place and revitalize the country's passion for baseball.

12. 2002: Torii Hunter Robs Barry Bonds

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12. 2002: Torii Hunter Robs Barry Bonds

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Torii Hunter has been known for robbing home runs throughout his major league career and he had a famous one in the 2002 All-Star game, robbing Barry Bonds. In a playful moment, Bonds ran out and hoisted Hunter in the air for robbing him.

11. 1933: Babe Ruth Hits First All-Star Game Home Run

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11. 1933: Babe Ruth Hits First All-Star Game Home Run

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It's only fitting that the first ever All-Star game home run was hit by the league's long time home run champion. While he didn't call his shot, he still made history in another way on that day in 1933.

10. 1983: Fred Lynn Hits First All-Star Game Grand Slam

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10. 1983: Fred Lynn Hits First All-Star Game Grand Slam

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The future Hall of Fame Boston outfielder belted a shot in the 1983 all-star game that ended up being the first grand slam in the history of the mid-summer classic. It's nice that this moment ended up being brought about by one of the better players in league history.

9. 1993: Randy Johnson Embarrasses John Kruk

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9. 1993: Randy Johnson Embarrasses John Kruk

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Randy Johnson put a triple-digit heater inches from Kruk's chin on the first pitch of his at bat in the 1993 all-star game. Every remaining pitch of the at bat, Kruk was quivering and ducking away from each pitch, seemingly fearing for his life. It was one negative memory of Kruk in an otherwise very positive career.

8. 2008: Longest All-Star Game

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8. 2008: Longest All-Star Game

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In an extra inning thriller, the American League just pushed their way past the National League on a Michael Young sacrifice fly. With several memorable moments that sent the game into extras, this All-Star game was an instant classic.

7. 1934: Carl Hubbel Strikes Out Five Straight HOFers

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7. 1934: Carl Hubbel Strikes Out Five Straight HOFers

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Babe Ruth. Lou Gehrig. Jimmie Fox. Al Simmons. Joe Cronin. Those five future Hall of Famers were all fanned in consecutive order by Hubbel in the league's second all-star game. This feat was extremely impressive and nothing like it has been matched since.

6. 2003: Cal Ripken Jr. Homers In 19th And Final All-Star Game

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6. 2003: Cal Ripken Jr. Homers In 19th And Final All-Star Game

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Ripken was one of the All-Time greats for several reasons. His durability was at the top of the list and in his 19th All-Star game, he channeled a little magic. Sending a long ball into the stands, Ripken gave fans one last memory from his illustrious career.

5. 1999: Pedro Martinez Dominates

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5. 1999: Pedro Martinez Dominates

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Entering the prime of his career, Pedro dazzled at his home ballpark of Fenway Park. He fanned five batters in just two innings of work and put the league on notice that he was going to be a force to be reckoned with in the future.

4. 1949: All-Star Color Barrier Is Broken

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4. 1949: All-Star Color Barrier Is Broken

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Jackie Robinson along with Dodger teammates Roy Campanella and Don Newcombe as well as Cleveland star Larry Doby broke the color barrier in an All-Star game. Fittingly, the game took place at Ebbets Field where three of the African-American players played their home games that season.

3. 1955: Stan Musial Hits Walk-Off Home Run In 12th

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3. 1955: Stan Musial Hits Walk-Off Home Run In 12th

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Stan the Man, who always had a flare for the dramatic, hit a walk-off shot in 1955 to send the National League to victory. It was just one of his countless memorable moments in his long Hall of Fame career.

2. 1999: Ted Williams Honored At Fenway Park All-Star Game

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2. 1999: Ted Williams Honored At Fenway Park All-Star Game

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Among other all-time greats that were honored before the 1999 All-Star game as veterans of World War II, this was a goose bump-inducing moment. Seeing one of the greatest hitters to ever live being brought out in front of his hometown crowd was one of the best moments in baseball history, much less All-Star game history.

1. 1970: Pete Rose Runs Over Ray Fosse

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1. 1970: Pete Rose Runs Over Ray Fosse

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Charlie Hustle put his nickname into action at the 1970 All-Star game when he bowled over American League catcher Ray Fosse. Unfortunately, Fosse's once promising career was derailed by this moment and Rose was scrutinized for the move. Regardless, seeing a guy play to win in a game that didn't matter at the time was pretty special.