Four regional semifinals done. Four to go. Continuing our Most Memorable Memory Tournament: All-Star Edition, here are the semifinals from the Leonard Coleman and Gene Budig regionals. Cast your vote below each matchup and click here to see the entire brackets.
Leonard Coleman Regional Semifinals
Semifinal #1: 8. John Kruk's run-in with the Big Unit, '93 vs. 5. Ted Williams homers off the unhittable blooper pitch, '46
The John Kruk-Randy Johnson near-beheading started off by taking down Stu Miller's '61 balk in the Coleman play-in game. Then it upset Bud's shrug and the tie game in '02 (RECAP). Now it faces the man who is clearly dominating the All-Star Game memory brackets. Can it beat Teddy Ballgame becoming the first and only person to hit a homer (RECAP) off Rip Sewell's famous "eephus" pitch?
Semifinal #2: 2. Ted Williams hits walkoff 3-run HR, '41 vs 3. A-Rod defers to Cal at SS, '01
If Ted's '46 game is able to top the juggernaut that is Mr. Kruk and Mr. Johnson, it might end up fighting for the regional title with another Ted memory ... his electrifying 3-run walkoff home run in the All-Star Game during '41, which brought his .406 season (RECAP). But first comes this matchup, which features Ted facing off against A-Rod's cheerful surrender of his shortstop position to Cal Ripken for one final time (RECAP).
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Gene Budig Regional Semifinals
Semifinal #1: 1. Babe hits first-ever ASG HR, '33 vs. 4. Reds fans stuff ballot boxes, '57
It's hard to beat the biggest player in the history of the game hitting the first home run in All-Star history (RECAP). But the Reds fans who stuffed the ballot boxes in favor of their team — causing the commish to pull voting power away from the proletariat the next season (RECAP) is certainly going to try.
Semifinal #2: 2. Lynn hits only grand slam in ASG history, '83 vs. 3. Arch Ward invents ASG, '33
It's hard to believe that 75 years of All-Star Game history can only lay claim to one grand slam, but it's true and the four-men four-bagger belongs to Fred Lynn (RECAP). A regional final matchup with Babe's blast would be a blockbuster, but the '83 moment must first topple another ASG memory that took place in Chicago ... the invention of the All-Star Game by Chicago Tribune sportswriter Arch Ward (RECAP).
- Ted Williams
- Leonard Coleman
- John Kruk
- Gene Budig