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    1929 In game between Pirates and Phillies 9 HRs hit 1 in each inning
    1934 2nd All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 9-7 at Polo Grounds, New York
    1936 Phillies Chuck Klein becomes 4th to hit 4 HRs in a game
    1951 18th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 8-3 at Briggs Stadium, Detroit
    1956 23rd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-3 at Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C.
    1962 32nd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 3-1 at D.C. Stadium, Washington
    1968 US Major League baseball announces it will split into 2 divisions for 1969
    1990 61st All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 2-0 at Wrigley Field, Chicago All star MVP: Julio Franco (Texas Rangers)
    1992 John Ellis becomes CEO of Seattle Mariners
    1997 Hideki Irabu makes his debut as a NY Yankee, he beats Tigers 10-3
    2001 72nd All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-1 at Safeco Field, Seattle
    2007 78th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-4 at AT&T Park, San Francisco
    2012 83rd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 8-0 at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City

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    1865 Bobby Lowe, American baseball second baseman (first player to hit 4 HRs in one MLB game, 1894), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1951)
    1917 Hugh Alexander, American baseball player, born in Buffalo, Missouri (d. 2000)
    1954 Andre Dawson, American MLB outfielder (Expos, Cubs, 1987 NL MVP), born in Miami, Florida
    1965 Buddy Groom, pitcher (Oakland A's), born in Dallas, Texas
    1969 Marty Cordova, outfielder (Minnesota Twins), born in Las Vegas, Nevada

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    1911 After being ejected for disputing a called third strike, Sherry Magee KOs home plate umpire Bill Finneran with just one punch. The National League suspends the star Phillies flychaser for the rest of the season, but due to an appeal, he misses only 36 games.
    1911 When umpire Bill Klem stops the Phillies-Cardinals contest to have an unruly fan banned from the Baker Bowl, the removal marks the first expulsion of a patron from a game. The standard practice at the time was to use bodyguards after the contest to protect the arbitrators, rather than risk the crowd's ire by ousting one of their own.
    1914 Although limited to one hit, the Yankees beat the Indians at the Polo Grounds, 1-0, when darkness postpones the second game of a twin bill after five and a half innings. The next time the team wins a game while being one-hit will occur again in 102 years with a 1-0 nine-inning victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field.
    1917 Thanks to Ray Caldwell's nine and two-thirds innings of five-hit relief, the Yankees beat the Browns in St. Louis, 7-5 in a 17 inning game. Later in the day, the St. Louis police arrest the hard-living right-hander, charging him with grand larceny for allegedly stealing a diamond ring from a woman.
    1920 Tris Speaker, who has collected 11 consecutive hits, is finally thwarted by Washington hurler Tom Zachary. The "Grey Eagle's" effort establishes a record, which will not be broken until 1938 when Red Sox third baseman Pinky Higgins hits 12 knocks in a row.
    1928 Although the Indians bang-out 14 hits, the team fails to score a run in a 9-0 nightcap loss to the Senators in a Griffith Stadium twin bill. The Tribe becomes only the second club shutout after collecting that many hits.
    1932 Indians' flychaser Johnny Burnett in 11 at-bats collects a record nine hits in an 18-inning game in which the A's outscore the Tribe, 18-17. After replacing A's starter Lew Krausse in the second inning, Ed Rommel, who gives up a record 29 hits, is forced to hurl 17 innings in relief to get the victory, his 171st and final major league win, when manager/owner Connie Mack, trying to save train fare, brings only two pitchers.
    1934 At the All-Star Game played in New York's Polo Grounds, Giants pitcher Carl Hubbell faces a starting lineup comprised of nine eventual Hall of Famers. After giving a single and a walk to the first two batters he faces,'King Carl' consecutively fans Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons, and Joe Cronin.
    1935 Babe Herman, in the fourth evening contest ever played in major league history, becomes the first player to hit a home run during a night game. The Reds' cleanup hitter's seventh-inning round-tripper off Dutch Leonard contributes to the 15-2 rout over the Brooklyn at Crosley Field.
    1935 Galveston Buccaneers right-hander Ed Cole throws the first perfect game in Texas League history, beating the Tulsa Oilers at Moody Park, 1-0. Bill McGhee's inside-the-park home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning accounts for the contest's only run.
    1936 At Forbes Field, Chuck Klein becomes the first National League player to hit four home runs in one game in this century. The Phillies' 36 year-old outfielder's offensive outburst, which includes his final round-tripper on the first pitch in the tenth inning, powers Philadelphia's 9-6 victory over Pittsburgh.
    1943 Some of the Dodgers, led by infielder Arky Vaughan, threaten not to play in today's game to protest the suspension of their teammate Bobo Newsome by manager Leo Durocher. The Ebbets Field contest begins ten-minutes late with Brooklyn plummeting the Pirates, 23-6, and in a few days, Newsome, who had argued with his skipper over a pitch selection in a previous game, is traded to the Browns for Archie McKain and Fritz Ostermueller.
    1947 During the first game of a twin bill in front of 47,871 Tribe fans, Don Black retires the final ten A's batters he faces to record the first no-hitter in the history of Cleveland's Municipal Stadium. The crowd, the largest ever to witness a no-hitter, endures the rain and six walks as the Indians right-hander completes the 3-0 victory, the eighth no-no in franchise history.
    1951 In the second All-Star Game played in Detroit, the National League beat their AL rivals at Briggs Stadium, 8-3. Although their team's circuit loses, the 52,075 Motor City fans witness home runs hit by hometown favorites George Kell and Vic Wertz.
    1953 With Roy Campanella's home run off Giants hurler Sal Maglie, the Dodgers establish a National League record, homering in their 24th consecutive game. Campy's homer is the only run Brooklyn scores as the Giants extend their winning streak to seven with the 6-1 victory.
    1962 John F. Kennedy returns to D.C. Stadium and becomes the first president to throw the ceremonial first pitch at an All-Star Game, a 3-1 National League victory. In April, JFK, who will stay for the entire contest, threw the ceremonial first pitch at the Senators' home opener, the first game played in Washington's new $24-million ballpark.
    1968 The American League and National League agree on next year's expansion and playoff format. Each league will divide their twelve teams into two six-team divisions, playing a best-of-five game league championship series to determine the pennant winner.
    1972 At a press conference, Phillies owner Bob Carpenter announces Paul Owens, who was named the GM five weeks ago, will take on the additional task of managing the club on the field, replacing a visibly upset Frank Lucchesi, who guided the team this season to the worst record in baseball, winning only 26 of 76 contests. The new skipper, known as the Pope, will use the opportunity to get a better look at his last-place team, before returning to the front office next year, where he will build Philadelphia into pennant contenders within three seasons.
    1979 With his team trailing the Padres 5-3 in the bottom of the ninth with two outs at Veterans Stadium, Phillies pinch-hitter Del Unser hits a three-run walk-off home run, giving the team a 6-5 comeback victory. The dramatic dinger makes Del Unser only the second player in major league history to hit a homer in three consecutive at-bats as a pinch-hitter, a feat also accomplished by Lee Lacy of the Dodgers last season.
    1984 At San Francisco's Candlestick Park, Dodger southpaw Fernando Valenzuela and Mets rookie Dwight Gooden combine to strike out six consecutive American League All-Stars on the 50th anniversary of Carl Hubbell's memorable 1934 Midsummer Classic performance of setting down five future Hall of Famers on strikes. Dwight Gooden, at the age of 19, becomes the youngest player ever to participate in an All-Star Game.
    1984 The National League beats the Junior Circuit at Candlestick Park, 3-1. Home runs hit by Expos' catcher Gary Carter, the game's MVP, and Braves' outfielder Dale Murphy prove to be the difference in the 55th Midsummer Classic.
    1986 A very disappointed Oil Can Boyd (11-6, 3.71) begins shouting and throwing clothes in the Red Sox clubhouse after learning he had not been selected by KC manager Dick Howser to be one of the eight pitchers for the American League All-Star team. The inconsolable right-hander, who will storm out of Fenway Park before the team's scheduled game against California, will be suspended without pay for three days for his tirade.
    1986 After allowing three runs in the top of the twelfth, the Red Sox score four times in the bottom of the inning, with the final tally coming on a walk-off bases-loaded balk. The winning run in Boston's 8-7 improbable victory over the Angels when home plate ump Joe Brinkman rules Todd Fischer moved his hands after coming to a set position before delivering the first pitch of his outing, ending the Fenway contest without throwing a ball.
    1999 At Leland's 'Hero's Auction' of sports memorabilia held in New York, the ball batted by Carlton Fisk in the 12th inning, which hit the Fenway foul pole ending one of the most dramatic games in World Series history, is sold for $113,273. George Foster, the Reds' left fielder, who retrieved and kept the 1975 historic home run ball, decided to sell the souvenir after realizing its potential value after Mark McGwire's 70th home run ball sold for almost $3 million.
    2001 In his final All-Star appearance, Cal Ripken is named the MVP of the game. The Orioles shortstop's home run, along with consecutive dingers from Derek Jeter and Magglio Ordonez, power the AL to its fifth victory in a row, beating the National League at Seattle's Safeco Field, 4-1.
    2001 Derek Jeter becomes the first Yankee to homer in an All-Star Game in 42 years when he goes deep leading off the sixth inning off Jon Lieber at Safeco Field. Yogi Berra was the last Bronx Bomber to accomplish the feat, homering off Don Drysdale in 1959.
    2009 Beating the Padres 8-0 at AT&T Park, Giants' southpaw Jonathan Sanchez throws the first no-hitter in franchise history since John "The Count" Montefusco accomplished the feat in 1976. The 22 year-old, a replacement for an injured Randy Johnson, sees his bid for a perfect game end when third baseman Juan Uribe makes an error in the eighth inning.
    2010 In his 19th season, Arthur Rhodes, becomes the longest-tenured major leaguer to go to an All-Star Game for the first time. The 40 year-old Reds southpaw reliever, who does not play in the Midsummer Classic, surpasses the 1988 selection of 18-year veteran Doyle Alexander for the dubious distinction.
    2013 David Ortiz establishes a new record for career hits by a designated hitter when he doubles in the second inning of the Red Sox' 11-4 victory over Seattle at Safeco Field. 'Big Papi' surpasses Harold Baines with his 1,689th hit as a DH.
    2017 Overcoming 22 first-round round-trippers from Justin Bour and a dozen blasts from Cody Bellinger in the second, Aaron Judge slams 11 homers in the finals to defeat Miguel Sano, becoming the first rookie win the All-Star Home Run Derby outright (Wally Joyner of the Angels was a co-champion in 1986). The Yankees outfielder hit 47 long balls that traveled a combined 3.9 miles, including back-to-back dingers of 507 and 513 feet.

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    me too, old school guys, played ball hard and enjoyed the game much more than I think guys do today.... Nicknames were terrific "The Barber' told all you needed to know about Maglie :)\
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    1914 Future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Babe Ruth makes his MLB debut as a pitcher for Boston Red Sox; earns 4-3 win against the Cleveland Naps at Fenway Park
    1923 Harry Frazee, sells Red Sox to Ohio businessmen for $1M
    1931 NY Giants beat Phillies 23-8
    1939 7th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 3-1 at Yankee Stadium, New York NY Yankee/AL manager Joe McCarthy starts 6 Yankees
    1944 12th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-1 at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh
    1950 17th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-3 in 14 at Comiskey Park, Chic Ted Williams breaks his elbow; 1st extra inning All Star Game
    1960 28th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-3 at Municipal Stadium, KC
    1961 30th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-4 in 10 at Candlestick Park, San Francisco
    1967 38th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 2-1 in 15 at Anaheim Stadium, CA
    1967 All star MVP: Tony Perez (Cincinnati Reds)
    1968 Earl Weaver replaces Hank Bauer as manager of Orioles
    1971 Phillies Deron Johnson 3 HRs caps his 4 in a row
    1978 49th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-3 at San Diego Stadium All star MVP: Steve Garvey (LA Dodgers) collects his second award
    1984 55th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 3-1 at Candlesticmk Park, San Francisco All star MVP: Gary Carter (Mont Expos) awarded for 2nd 1985 Astros' Nolan Ryan, 1st to strike out 4000 (Mets' Danny Heep)
    1987 Orioles' Cal Ripkin becomes 1st to manage 2 sons, as Billy joins Cal
    1989 60th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-3 at Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim All star MVP: Bo Jackson (KC Royals)
    1995 66th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 3-2 at Ballpark at Arlington Tx
    1995 All star MVP: Jeff Conine (Florida Marlins)
    1999 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Des Moines G & CC: Dave Eichelberger wins by 3 strokes ahead of Ed Dougherty for his lone major title
    2000 71st All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 6-3 at Turner Field, Atlanta
    2006 77th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 3-2 at PNC Park, Pittsburgh

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    1967 Andy Ashby, pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Kansas City, Missouri
    1967 Donne Wall, Potosi MO, pitcher (Houston Astros)
    1970 Billy Ashley, Taylor MI, outfielder (LA Dodgers)
    1973 Christine Monge, female pitcher (Colo Silver Bullets), born in San Francisco, California
    1984 Yorman Bazardo, Venezuelan baseball player

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    1903 Waco Steers hurler Clyde Bateman makes baseball history again this season when he fires a no-hitter, beating the Fort Worth Panthers, 2-0. In May, the 26 year-old Texan hit four home runs to become only the second player in Texas League history to accomplish the feat.
    1914 Red Sox hurler Babe Ruth, making his major league debut, beats the Indians, 4-3. Duffy Lewis, pinch-hitting for the 19 year-old rookie southpaw, singles in the seventh inning, giving the future slugger the first of his 94 victories in 140 decisions.
    1925 At Sportsman's Park, George Sisler becomes a one-man wrecking crew when he comes to the plate with the bases loaded in back-to-back frames in the Browns' 10-5 victory over Washington. The St. Louis first baseman drives in seven runs in two innings, tripling @WESGATORS with the bases jammed in the third and hitting a grand slam in the fourth.
    1939 All three runs in the American League's 3-1 All-Star Game victory are driven in by a Yankee player when their ballpark in the Bronx plays host to the Midsummer Classic. The 20 year-old Indians fireballer Bob Feller steals the show at Yankee Stadium when he hurls 3.2 scoreless innings.
    1944 At Pittsburgh's Forbes Field, Phil Cavaretta sets an All-Star Game record by reaching base five consecutive times. The 27 year-old Cub first baseman's triple, single, and three walks help the National League beat the Junior Circuit, 7-1.
    1950 The Midsummer Classic returns to Comiskey Park, the site of the first game, and is won by the National League, 4-3, thanks to Red Schoendienst's 14th-inning home run. It's a game of firsts - first extra-inning All-Star Game, first time the NL wins at an AL park, and the first Midsummer Classic ever broadcast on national television.
    1953 Giant rookie Al Worthington throws a four-hitter, blanking the Dodgers at Ebbets Field, 6-0. The whitewashing, which halts Brooklyn's record NL streak of homering in 24 consecutive games and marks the only game this season the team will not a score, makes the 24 year-old right-hander the first National League freshman this century to throw consecutive shutouts at the start of a career, a feat that Karl Spooner will also match next season.
    1954 Phillies rookie Jim Command's first major league hit is a grand slam off Brooklyn's Carl Erskine. The 25 year-old third baseman's blow in the sixth-run eighth isn't enough when Brooklyn hangs on to win the Ebbets Field contest, 8-7.
    1954 In the first game of a doubleheader, Giants right fielder Don Mueller hits for the cycle in the team’s 13-7 victory over the Pirates at the Polo Grounds. 'Mandrake the Magician,’ who homers in his final at-bat to complete the deed, will be the only major league player to accomplish the feat this season.
    1954 In the first game of a doubleheader, Giants right fielder Don Mueller hits for the cycle in the team’s 13-7 victory over the Pirates at the Polo Grounds. 'Mandrake the Magician,’ who homers in his final at-bat to complete the deed, will be the only major leaguer to accomplish the feat this season.
    1958 The Los Angeles city council declares today 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game Day' to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the iconic baseball song. In a pregame ceremony at the LA Memorial Coliseum, the Dodgers honor lyricist Jack Norworth, presenting him with a lifetime pass to any American or National League game.
    1961 In the first of two All-Star Games played that season, the NL beats the American League, 5-4, on a very windy day at Candlestick Park. The contest features a record seven errors and the memorable sight of a 165-pound pitcher Stu Miller balking after being blown off the mound by a gust of wind, an exaggerated fact perpetrated over the years, according to the right-hander.
    1967 Reds first baseman Tony Perez' homer off A's right-hander Catfish Hunter gives the Senior Circuit a 2-1 All-Star victory over the American League. The 15-inning Anaheim Stadium contest is the longest Midsummer Classic contest ever played.
    1968 Ground is broken for the Harry S. Truman Sports Complex in Kansas City, which will include separate side-by-side stadiums built explicitly for baseball and football. Arrowhead Stadium, home of the NFL's Chiefs, will open in 1972, followed by the debut a year later of Royals Stadium, the new home ballpark of the American League's franchise in the City of Fountains.
    1968 After whiffing in the first inning, Bill Hands grounds out in his next at-bat, ending his major league record-setting streak for consecutive strikeouts. The Cubs' right-hander, who goes the distance, blanking New York at Shea Stadium, 2-0, sets the dubious mark when he strikes out in fourteen straight plate appearances.
    1968 Rick Renick becomes the first Twin player to homer in his first major league at-bat when he goes deep off Mickey Lolich in Minnesota's 5-4 victory over Detroit at Metropolitan Stadium. The 24 year-old shortstop's second-inning solo shot will be the first of 20 round-trippers he'll hit during his five-year career, spent entirely with the Twin Cities team.
    1973 Jim Northrup knocks in eight runs and scores three times as the Tigers rout the Rangers, 14-2. The 3-for-4 performance by the Tigers' leadoff hitter helps him record the 500th run and RBI of his career.
    1976 Hank Aaron becomes the oldest major leaguer (42 years, five months, seven days) to hit a walk-off homer when he goes deep in the bottom of the tenth inning off Steve Foucault in the Brewers' 5-4 victory over Texas at County Stadium. The 'Hammer' will hold the elderly distinction until Cleveland's Jason Giambi, who will be a month and 15 days older than Henry, at the time, accomplishes the feat with a pinch-hit game-winning round-tripper in 2013.
    1976 At Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, thirty-four couples marry at home plate, and a wrestling championship match takes place in a promotion billed as Headlocks and Wedlocks. The Braves take down the Mets, 9-8.
    1978 At Jack Murphy Stadium, Steve Garvey becomes the first two-time MVP in All-Star history. The Dodger first baseman's game-tying, two-run single and a triple help the National League to beat the AL, 7-3.
    1980 The Dodgers sell Charlie Hough to the Rangers. The 32 year-old knuckleballer will spend 11 seasons with Texas, posting a 139-123 record along with an ERA of 3.68.
    1985 In a game won by Houston, 4-3, in 12 innings at the Astrodome, Nolan Ryan fans Mets left fielder Danny Heep in the sixth inning, becoming the first major leaguer to record 4000 career strikeouts. The 'Ryan Express' will end his 27-year Hall of Fame career whiffing 5,714 batters, establishing a major league mark unlikely to be challenged.
    1987 Billy Ripken makes his major league debut with the Orioles, making his dad, Cal Sr., the first manager in baseball history to manage two of his sons in the same game. The rookie second baseman and his brother Cal Jr., the team's shortstop, collectively go 0-for-7 in Baltimore's 2-1 loss to the Twins at Memorial Stadium.
    1989 In a contest best remembered for the leadoff Ruthian blast to center field by Bo Jackson, the game's MVP who will join Willie Mays as the second player to hit a home run and steal a base in an All-Star Game, the American League beats the NL's best players, 5-3, at Anaheim Stadium. During the first inning of the Midsummer Classic, former U.S. President and one-time baseball announcer Ronald Reagan joins Vin Scully in the NBC broadcast booth.
    1994 Handling four chances in the 8-1 defeat to the Rockies, Cardinal infielder Ozzie Smith passes Luis Aparicio and moves into the top spot on the all-time list for assists by a shortstop. 'The Wizard of Oz' will end his 19-year career in 1996 with 8,375 assists.
    1995 "Don't be like me, God gave me a body and ability to play baseball. I had everything, and I just..." - Yankee legend Mickey Mantle, lamenting about the effects of his hard living.
    Mickey Mantle makes his first public appearance since undergoing a liver transplant in June. The frail-looking Yankee legend, who will die next month, tells the dozens of people attending the press conference at the Baylor University Medical Center he is not a hero, but an example of the worst sort.
    1995 At the Ballpark in Arlington, Marlins outfielder Jeff Conine becomes the tenth player to homer in his first All-Star at-bat, and Frank Thomas becomes the first White Sox player ever to homer in the Midsummer Classic as the NL out-homers the American League, 3-2. Craig Biggio and Mike Piazza also go deep for the Senior Circuit.
    1996 The United States Postal Service issues 'Mighty Casey'', a commemorative stamp which depicts the title character of Ernest L. Thayer's immortal poem, 'Casey at the Bat.' The maligned Mudville outfielder joins Paul Bunyan, John Henry, and Pecos Bill as part of a set commemorating American folk heroes.
    1998 Padre reliever Trevor Hoffman, brother of opposing manager Glenn Hoffman, saves the Padres' 4-1 victory over the Dodgers. It's the first time in major league history a player has faced his brother as the skipper of the opposing team.
    1999 The first MLB Futures Game provides a stage for future major-league All-Star Alfonso Soriano to shine when the Yankees farmhand goes 2 for 3, hitting two of the game's three home runs in the World's 7-0 victory over the USA at Fenway Park. The former Hiroshima Carp infielder, who now plays shortstop for the Columbus Clippers, is named the contest's MVP.
    2000 At Turner Field, the AL beats the National League, 6-3, in the 71st All-Star contest, dubbed the All-Scar game due to the many stars absent from both lineups because of injuries. Yankees' shortstop Derek Jeter and Braves' third baseman Chipper Jones provide the offensive punch, with both going 3-for-3.
    2002 The Marlins are busy on the trading block, making separate deals with the Expos and the Reds. Florida deals Ryan Dempster to Cincinnati for Juan Encarnacion and gets four players, Carl Pavano, Graeme Lloyd, Mike Mordecai, and prospect Justin Wayne from Montreal in exchange for Cliff Floyd, Wilton Guerrero, and prospect Claudio Vargas.
    2002 The Indians fire Charlie Manuel and name third-base coach Joel Skinner as the interim manager, releasing their skipper after he issued an ultimatum to the front office about his status. The 58 year-old guided the team to a 39-47 record, 9 1/2 games behind the first-place Twins in the AL Central before his dismissal.
    2004 Carlos Beltran, selected to be an American League All-Star, will now have an opportunity to patrol the NL outfield instead. The former Royals' flycatcher, traded to the Astros last month, was invited by Senior Circuit skipper Jack McKeon to replace Ken Griffey, Jr., on the star-studded roster.
    2006 Jim Eriotes leads off for the Sioux Falls Canaries against the St. Joe (Mo.) Blacksnakes and strikes out, including fouling off one of the four pitches he sees. The at-bat makes the 83 year-old former minor leaguer the oldest man to ever play in a professional baseball game.
    2006 One strike away from ending a decade of dominance, National League closer Trevor Hoffman yields a two-run triple to Michael Young of the Texas Rangers, giving the American League a come-from-behind 3-2 All-Star Game victory at Pittsburgh's picturesque PNC Park. The timely three-bagger keeps the Junior Circuit unbeaten in the Midsummer Classic since 1997, compiling a 9-0-1 record.
    2006 Before the start of the fifth inning of the All-Star Game played in Pittsburgh's PNC Park, Vera Clemente is escorted onto the field by 1960 World Series hero Bill Mazeroski to accept the Commissioner's Historic Achievement Award on behalf of her late husband. With the scoreboard showing replays of Roberto, tears flowing from AL skipper Ozzie Guillen, and the heartfelt ovation from the crowd, the ceremony honoring the Pirates' Hall of Famer becomes a truly memorable moment in the history of the Midsummer Classic.
    2010 After firing Sean Berry as the club's hitting coach, the struggling Astros name Jeff Bagwell to fill the position for the remainder of the season. The former All-Star first baseman, who retired with a lifetime .297 batting average, is the all-time team leader with 449 home runs and 1,529 RBIs.
    2010 At Wilmington's (DE) Frawley Stadium, the Blue Rocks celebrate the tenth birthday of Mr. Celery, the team’s beloved mascot who only appears when the team scores. The inception of the ’stalker,’ known for his CEL-ebratory dances to Blur's 'Song 2’ (Woo Hoo), was inspired by the discovery of a dusty celery costume housed in a warehouse for years.
    2010 Long time Yankees public address announcer Bob Sheppard dies at the age of 99. The 'Voice of God,' a nickname bestowed by Reggie Jackson, informed patrons of the lineups and of the players coming to bat in over 4,500 contests during his 56 years behind the microphone in the ballpark in the Bronx.
    2011 Robinson Cano, the fourth straight left-handed swinger to win the competition, beats Adrian Gonzalez with 12 dingers in the final round of the Home Run Derby. The highlight of the three-hour long contest comes when the Yankee slugger gives his father, a former major league hurler with the Astros, a huge bear hug on the mound and tells his pitcher, "I love you, Dad" after he ties the Red Sox first baseman for the lead.
    2015 Evelyn Jones becomes the oldest person to throw the first ceremonial pitch when she tosses the ball a short distance from home plate to Felix Hernandez on her 108th birthday. The fans serenade the centenarian, who is wearing a Seattle jersey featuring her name and the number 108, to a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday at Safeco Field.

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