The Five Wildest All-Star Games in MLB History: A Fan Recalls

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Put the best baseball players in the world in a given year on the same field and amazing things are bound to happen. Yes, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game has been producing magical moments since 1933, but these five games stand out as the wildest (and wackiest) of all time.

1954 All-Star Game (July 13) -- Hometown All-Star Al Rosen cranked a pair of home runs and had five RBI, but Nellie Fox was the hero with a game-winning, two-RBI bloop single in the bottom of the eighth inning, as the American League rallied for an 11-9 win at Cleveland's Municipal Stadium. The contest featured six home runs and was the second-highest-scoring All-Star Game in MLB history.

1994 All-Star Game (July 12) -- Atlanta's Fred McGriff belted a game-tying, two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth off all-time great closer Lee Smith before Moises Alou doubled home the winning run in the 10th, as the National League prevailed, 8-7, at Three Rivers Stadium. It was the first win for the N.L. in seven years. McGriff was named the game's Most Valuable Player.

1998 All-Star Game (July 7) -- In the highest-scoring All-Star Game in MLB history, the American League defeated the National League, 13-8, at hitter-friendly Coors Field. The game featured many players who later would become linked to baseball's steroids scandal. Two of them, Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez, homered in the contest, which saw the two sides bang out a combined 31 hits.

2002 All-Star Game (July 9) -- After a series of twists and turns, Omar Vizquel tied the game at 7-7 with an RBI-triple in the ninth inning. However, when both teams exhausted their rosters in 11 innings, MLB commissioner Bud Selig declared the game a draw. The unpopular decision prompted the crowd at Miller Park to chant, "Let them play!" It was only the second All-Star game to end in a tie. The 1961 mid-summer classic was called off in the ninth inning due to rain with the score tied at 1-1.

1970 All-Star Game (July 14) -- In the most memorable and controversial finish in All-Star Game history, Pete Rose bowled over catcher Ray Fosse to score the winning run in the bottom of the 12th inning at Riverfront Stadium. Fosse was never the same after the violent collision. Lost in the dramatic ending was Brooks Robinson's two-run triple in the top of eighth inning to give the American League a 4-1 lead and the National League's three-run ninth to force extra inning.

Adam Martini is a freelance sports writer who roots for the New York Mets (and any team that is playing the New York Yankees ). An avid fantasy baseball player and fan of Major League Baseball, his games of choice growing up were Strat-O-Matic and MicroLeague Baseball.


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