July 13, 1934 – Babe Ruth hit his 700th home run in a 4-2 victory over Tommy Bridges and the Detroit Tigers. Lou Gehrig left the game in the first with a severe case of lumbago, the most serious threat to his streak. He returned for one at-bat the next day and went on to win the triple crown that season.
1943 – The first night game in All-Star history, at Philadelphia’s Shibe Park, went to the American League, 5-3, despite a single, triple and home run by National League center fielder Vince DiMaggio of the Pirates. The big blow was a three-run homer by Bobby Doerr of the Red Sox, which gave the AL the lead for good.
1963 – Early Wynn registered his 300th and final victory, at age 43, pitching the first five innings of Cleveland’s 7-4 win over the Kansas City A’s. Wynn was a hard throwing, hard nosed pitcher. Vida Blue once said of him as a coach “If you hit a ball good off of him, he’d knock you down”.
1971 – The American League defeated the National League 6-4 in the All-Star Game played at Tigers stadium which saw three home runs hit by each team. The most notable was Reggie Jackson‘s mammoth shot off the power generator on the right-field roof. It has been estimated that Jackson’s bomb would have traveled 532 feet if not for striking the generator…surely one of the greatest displays of power in the history of the game.
1982 – The National League registered its eleventh consecutive All-Star victory over the American League with a 4-1 victory at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium in the first game played outside the United States.
Dave Concepcion‘s two-run homer off Dennis Eckersley in the second inning was the deciding hit.
Ted Williams would return to the All Star game in Fenway Park in on July 13, 1999, to throw out the first pitch. The best players of the day flocked to the mound to talk hitting with Willliams as fans roared and Williams waved his cap to them…a gesture he never made as a player.
Another type of greatness would be on display that night, as the Red Sox own, Pedro Martinez becomes the first pitcher to strike out the first 4 batters of All Star game and win as the starting pitcher on his own homefield. Barry Larkin, Larry Walker and Sammy Sosa in the first inning, and Mark McGwire in the second would all fall to Martinez as he got the W in the American League 4-1 victory over the National League.