Top Nine All-Star Game Moments
By Lou DiPietro
The 2012 All-Star Game has come and gone, and in its wake has left its share of fun and somewhat unforgettable moments. But is anything that happened on the night of July 10 among the Top 10 Moments in All-Star Game history? Check out our list of the nine best -- which includes record-setters, spine-chillers, and even a career-ender -- and decide for yourself.
Best All-Star Game Moments
THE BABE GOES DEEP (1933)
The first home run in All-Star Game history belongs to the man who hit the third-most in MLB history, and Babe Ruth's third-inning dinger in the inaugural Mid-Summer Classic ended up being the difference in the AL's 4-2 win.
A SPLENDID WALK-OFF (1941)
Eight years after The Babe hit the first All-Star homer, Ted Williams hit the first walk-off in ASG history, a three-run blast in Detroit. It was another proud moment in a great season for the "Splendid Splinter," who would go on to finish 1941 with a .406 average.
THE MAN ENDS IT (1955)
What can be better than the first walk-off homer? How about the first one in extra innings? That came in 1955, when Stan Musial -- who happens to have more All-Star Game home runs than anyone else -- ended "bonus cantos" with a round-tripper.
FREDDIE PLATES FOUR (1983)
Completing this home run trifecta in the middle of our Niner is Fred Lynn, who in 1983 hit the first (and still only) grand slam in All-Star Game history. That blast helped the AL to a 13-3 win and gave Lynn, who was in his ninth All-Star Game, his first taste of victory.
HEADS UP! (1993)
Who can ever forget John Kruk vs. a Randy Johnson fastball that was just a bit high? Kruk himself described it best after the game when he quipped that "after the first pitch, I said all I wanna do is live. And I lived! So it was a good at-bat."
MARATHON IN THE BRONX (2008)
The 2008 MLB All-Stars seemingly didn't want to say goodbye to Yankee Stadium, playing a game that took 15 innings and a record four hours and 50 minutes before a Michael Young sac fly delivered the winning run. Good thing the next day was an off day, eh?
FOSSE'S FOLLY (1970)
Even in the All-Star Game, Pete Rose lived up to his "Charlie Hustle" moniker. Unfortunately, his 1970 collision with Ray Fosse left the 23-year-old catcher with a separated shoulder and the world with perhaps the most uncomfortable moment in All-Star history.
RIPKEN'S GOODBYE (2001)
Cal Ripken Jr. homered and won the MVP Award in his 19th and final All-Star appearance, but perhaps his best moment came courtesy of starting shortstop Alex Rodriguez, who slid over to third for an inning after insisting that Ripken begin the game at the position where he made his name.
TEDDY STILL GOT BALLGAME (1999)
On a night where the All-Century Players were introduced at Fenway Park, it was only fitting that Boston icon Ted Williams got the biggest hand ... and was engulfed in love from the current All-Stars after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.