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Celebrating the 6 Best All-Star Game Moments in MLB History

Taking a look at the best moments from baseball's mid-summer classic.

MLB All-Star games are so much fun. I don't care what people are saying about them becoming stale. These are the best players (or the fan favorites which is a different story) battling each other in a fun game for the fans to see. Fan service is important. Let's take a look at the best moments in MLB All-Star game history.

1941: Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio

Any MLB all-star game from the 40s is going to include names that are marbled in statues somewhere; names that are more iconic than the sport itself. 1941 is also the year that Joe DiMaggio had his record 57-game hitting streak. Amid this hitting streak, the 'greatest hitter ever' was also having quite the season. Ted Williams ended 1941 with a .356/.499/.648 slash line. I will include that slash line at any opportunity. It's unfathomable.

With DiMaggio and Joe Gordon on base and the AL down to its final out, Williams crushed the first walk-off homer in All-Star Game history. This gave the American League a 7-5 victory. Talk about iconic.

1949: A Change Finally Comes

Two years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball, he became the first black player to start in an MLB All-Star Game. He was not alone. His two Dodger teammates Roy Campanella and Don Newcombe joined him later on in the game. Larry Doby of the Cleveland Indians. It's worth noting that the Civil Rights Act would not be passed until 15 years later. The American League won the game 11-7.

1993: Randy vs. Kruk

Randy Johnson used to throw a killer fastball in his prime. I mean that literally. Sorry, bird lovers. In the 1993 All-Star Game, left John Kruk had the unenviable task of getting into the box against Johnson. The first pitch was a 98-mph heater that sailed over Kruk's head and put the fear of God into him. It was obvious afterward that Kruk wanted nothing to do with that at-bat, as he flailed at every other pitch while standing as far from the plate as the rules probably allowed. Great humor.

1999: Pedro Martinez Dominates

This one might be my favorite one. It was the heart of the steroid era. Home runs were flying all over every ballpark. The home run derby had herculean-like names with Ken Griffey Jr. ultimately winning the contest. It was held at Fenway Park, where Pedro Martinez was a member of the Red Sox and was putting together his second Cy Young award season. Martinez struck out Barry Larkin, Larry Walker, Sammy Sosa, and Mark McGwire in order to start the game. He got Jeff Bagwell swinging on a strike-'em-out, throw-'em-out double play to end the second inning. It was five strikeouts in two innings, including four in a row. Look at the movement on those pitches. An incredible performance.

2002: Hunter Robs Bonds

Say what you will about the steroid era. It was great fun. Barry Bonds had broken the single-season home run record the year before by belting 73 dingers, so pitchers were afraid to pitch to him in 2002. He finished 2002 with a preposterous .582 on-base percentage. In the first inning, Bonds hit a fly ball to deep right-center field. That's when Torii Hunter robbed him of a home run. It's a terrific play because Hunter's arm is a good foot over the wall. Bonds was good-natured about it and even picked up Hunter and pretended he was going to body slam him.

Bonds did hit a bomb later in the game.

2001: Cal Ripken and Tony Gwynn's Farewell

Cal Ripken Jr. announced before the beginning of the 2001 season that it would be his last. It was also Tony Gwynn's last season. Only Ripken was named to the All-Star team, and he made it a memorable one. When Ripken came to the plate in the third inning, the Seattle crown came to its feet to honor him. Ripken whacked the first pitch he saw into left field. He ended up winning the All-Star game MVP. Gwynn and Ripken were honored by Bud Selig just before the 6th inning when they were presented with Commissioner's Historic Achievement Award. Heroes get remembered, legends never die.

Last Thoughts

I included two from the classic era of baseball but the majority of the rest I included were from the era I remember. There are a lot of other memorable moments I did not squeeze in. What are your favorite MLB All-Star game moments? Let us know on Twitter at @EnFuegoNow and @AJontheguitar.