Commissioner Bud Selig will be in Cincinnati on Wednesday and tell the world that in 2015 the city will host its fifth All-Star game, the first at Great American Ball Park, which opened in 2003, and the first since 1988. This year’s game will be at the Mets’ Citi Field and next year’s game will at Target Field, home of the Twins. The game alternates between National and American League cities.
“The commissioner has talked about it before. It’s gone from asking cities to host to everyone wanting to host,” Major League Baseball spokesman Patrick Courtney said last week. “It’s become such a big deal with the five or six events.”
The 1988 game was held at Riverfront Stadium and won 2-1 by the American League. The 1970 game was also at Riverfront and is best remembered for the Reds’ Pete Rose bulldozing over the Indians’ Ray Fosse to score the winning run in the 12th inning in the 5-4 victory.
The National League also won in the 1938 (4-1) game played at Crosley Field in Lou Gehrig‘s last All-Star appearance and marked by errors by Joe DiMaggio, Jimmie Foxx, Joe Cronin, and Bill Dickey. And won again the 1953 game (5-1) played at Crosley Field in which 46-year-old Satchel Paige played making him the oldest All-Star in history. Paige pitched one inning allowing three hits and two runs