ASG Memories, Rd. 1: Ted's party-Sweet Lou, Red-Parker's toss

Nick Friedell

As next Tuesday's All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium approaches, we're moving through the Stew's Most Memorable Memory Tournament: All-Star Edition. (Click on the link for winners of the previous matchups.)

Continuing the action, here's two faceoffs from the Chub Feeney Regional. Cast your votes below each matchup. Polling for both closes around 12 p.m. CT on Thursday. If you're trying to follow along, don't worry. We'll be unveiling an updated bracket as soon as all 32 of our All-Star moments are revealed, most likely some time on Friday.

Chub Feeney Regional

1. Ted Williams feted at Fenway

When: July 13, 1999

Where: Fenway Park, Boston

What happened?: Ted Williams received a long standing ovation before the 1999 All Star Game in Boston, when he was honored on the field before the game. What made the moment even more special was the fact that every single player walked up to Williams while he was sitting in his golf cart near the mound, to shake his hand.

Williams threw out the ceremonial first pitch to a rousing ovation. "He wanted to talk baseball with everybody out there," McGwire said, adding that a lot of players got choked up. Larry Walker of the Rockies was one of them. "Tears were coming out of Ted's eyes. I had to turn away because tears were coming out my eyes, too."

"It was kind of funny," Boston shortstop Nomar Garciaparra said. "When the announcer asked everybody to go back to the dugout, everybody said no. It didn't matter. What time was the first pitch? Nobody cared."

The AL would go on to win the game 4-1, behind an MVP performance from Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez. (

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9. Lou Whitaker forgets jersey in '85, buys one from a store, ends up in Smithsonian

Date: July 16, 1985

Where: Metrodome, Minneapolis

What happened?: Lou Whitaker forgot his jersey on the way to the All Star Game, so the Tigers arranged to have one flown in. That jersey, however, was lost in transit, so Sweet Lou had to go out and buy a jersey and write his number in black marker on the back. He ended up going 0-for-2 that night , but all was not lost because the Smithsonian asked for Whitaker's jersey. (Pic and more from Uni Watch.)

According to Wikipedia, the jersey is still part of the Smithsonian's collection today. A year later, Whitaker would hit a 2-run homer off Dwight Gooden.

UPDATE: Ted Williams protects the top seed with an 80 percent landslide.

Chub Feeney Regional

4. Schoendienst's 14th-inning HR wins first extra inning ASG

When: July 11, 1950

Where: Comiskey Park, Chicago

What happened?: St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Red Schoendienst hit a game winning 14th inning HR — yes, the 14th inning, apparently it used to be possible for the pitchers to pitch that long back in the day — as the NL defeated the AL 4-3.

Aside from being the first ever extra-inning all-star game, it also became memorable in the first inning after Ted Williams ran into a wall and fractured his elbow while trying to chase down Ralph Kiner's attempt for an extra base hit.

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5. Dave Parker throws Brian Downing out at home

When: July 17, 1979

Where: Kingdome, Seattle

What happened?: Dave Parker signaled that 1979 would be the Year of the Pirate — Yeeearrrrgh! — by throwing out a pair of AL runners. The second being Downing, who, in the eighth inning tried to score the go-ahead run before being gunned down by Parker.

Later that season, Parker and the "We Are Fam-i-ly" Pirates would rule the baseball world by toppling the Baltimore Orioles in the World Series. Parker's stunning display on defense would be the Kingdome's signature baseball moment until Ken Griffey scored on Edgar Martinez's hit against the Yankees in the '95 playoffs.

UPDATE: Schoendienst advances with 60 percent of the vote.