Red Sox in the All-Star Game
Over a hundred Red Sox players, managers, and coaches have been selected to represent the team at the All-Star Game over the years. Whether it's Ted Williams or Scott Cooper or one of this year's players, there's always someone from the Red Sox in the Mid-Summer Classic. Take a trip back in time, and relive some classic All-Star moments of the past.
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The first All-Star Game was held in 1933 in Chicago's Comiskey Park. Representing the Red Sox were manager Eddie Collins, who served as a coach, and catcher Rick Ferrell. Both were new to the Red Sox, having been brought in by the team's new owner, Tom Yawkey. Collins had gone to the same school as Yawkey, and was hired as general manager after a 25-year career as a second baseman. Ferrell was one of the best catchers of his day, and his .302 average in 4-plus seasons with the Red Sox ranks him twelfth on the team's all-time list. Both men have been elected to the Hall of Fame.
In the 1933 All-Star game, a 38-year-old Babe Ruth hit a two-run homer to lead the American League to a 4-2 victory.
When the 1941 All-Star Game took place, Ted Williams was hitting .405 and Joe DiMaggio was riding a 48-game hitting streak. Both men went on to better those marks before the end of the legendary '41 season, but the All-Star Game itself was not without drama. The Red Sox were well-represented, with Joe Cronin, Dom DiMaggio, Bobby Doerr, Jimmie Foxx, and Ted Williams named to the team. The game was held in Detroit, and the A.L. scored first, when Williams hit an RBI double in the fourth inning. By the ninth, however, the score was 5-3, Nationals. Ted was due up sixth in the bottom of the ninth. The first batter popped out, but after two singles, a walk, and an RBI groundout, Williams came to the plate with two on and two out, and the A.L. trailing 5-4. On a 1-2 count, he drilled the ball deep into the right field stands for the game-winning homer. Even later in life, that moment still ranked as one of the Splendid Splinter's favorites.
Eight Red Sox were named to the 1946 All-Star squad: Ted Williams, Dom DiMaggio, Bobby Doerr, Rudy York, Hal Wagner, Dave Ferriss, Mickey Harris, and Johnny Pesky. The game was the first played in Fenway Park. It was a sellout, and additional seating was constructed for the 200 or so members of the press who attended. This seating eventually became the roof box seats at Fenway today. The Splendid Splinter had 4 hits, including 2 home runs, with 5 RBI and 4 runs scored, to lead the A.L. over the N.L., 12-0. A memorable moment occurred in the eighth inning, when Pittsburgh's pitcher Rip Sewell was brought in to face Ted Williams. Sewell was known for his "eephus" pitch, which traveled to the plate in a high, slow arc. Earlier, he had promised Williams he would throw him the pitch if he got a chance. Sure enough, his first pitch to Ted was an eephus, which Williams popped out of play. After two more pitches, the count stood at 1-2, and Sewell threw another eephus. This time Williams drove the ball into the
bullpen in right field! It was the only time a player had ever hit Sewell's eephus pitch for a homer.
From 1959 to 1962, two All-Star Games were held each year. In 1961, the second game was held at Fenway Park. This time the Sox were represented by Don Schwall, Mike Fornieles, and manager Mike Higgins, who was chosen as a coach. Schwall, who was named Rookie of the Year at the end of the season, pitched 3 innings, giving up 5 hits and allowing the N.L. to score one run. Detroit's Rocky Colavito hit a solo shot for the A.L., the only All-Star home run ever hit over the Green Monster. At the end of 9 innings, the score was tied at 1-1. But then rain began to fall, and after a 30-minute rain delay, the game was called. It was the first All-Star Game to end in a tie. (2002 was the only other.)
The Red Sox representatives in the 1970 All-Star Game were Gerry Moses and Carl Yastrzemski. Catcher Moses spent most of his career before and after 1970 as a backup, but he was having a career year, and was named to his only All-Star team. Yaz was selected to 19 All-Star teams, the most ever for a Red Sox. The game is most famous for Pete Rose's collision with Ray Fosse as he scored the winning run for the National League in the twelfth inning. But the M.V.P. award went to Yastrzemski, who was 4-6 with an RBI. Yaz played center field, left field, and first base in the game, and became only the third player in history to have four hits in an All-Star Game, joining Ted Williams and Joe Medwick.
The 1999 All-Star Game was held at Fenway Park. Before the game, 33 candidates for an All-Century Team were introduced. Most of the living players were in attendance, including former Red Sox greats Carlton Fisk, Carl Yastrzemski, Roger Clemens, and Dennis Eckersley. Ted Williams threw out the first pitch, but not before tipping his cap to the fans and chatting with the All-Century players and current All-Stars in an emotional moment on the mound. Then the game began, and Pedro Martinez was the star. He struck out all three players he saw in the first inning - Barry Larkin; Larry Walker, who was leading the N.L. with a .382 average; and Sammy Sosa, who led the league with 32 homers at the break. In the second inning, he fanned single-season home run king Mark McGwire, and after Matt Williams reached on an error, Pedro struck out Jeff Bagwell, too. Meanwhile, the A.L. offense scored four runs, giving Pedro the victory, 4-1, over the National League. His stunning 5-strikeout performance earned him the
game's M.V.P. honors. It was the first time in history anyone had struck out the first four batters in an All-Star Game. Nomar Garciaparra, in his first game back after a hamstring injury, played two innings and flied out in both at-bats, but left to a thunderous ovation when he was replaced by Derek Jeter at the start of the fourth. Jose Offerman went hitless in his only at-bat and committed an error in the 7th inning, but the night belonged to Pedro.
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