The Midsummer Classic
The 2007 All-Star Game in San Francisco, to be played on Tuesday, July 10, will be the 78th "Midsummer Classic."
The first Major League Baseball All-Star Game was played in 1933 at Chicago's Comiskey Park; it was the first event of its kind in professional sports.
The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is the most popular and mostwatched All-Star Game in all four major professional sports.
MLB All-Star Week encompasses five days of events, culminating with the All-Star Game; it is estimated that more than 100,000 will attend the DHL All-Star FanFest from July 6-10 at the Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco.
Last year's FanFest in Pittsburgh attracted 106,000 people, one of the five largest crowds in the history of the interactive baseball theme park.
Taco Bell® All-Star Sunday features both the XM All-Star Futures Game and the Taco Bell® Legends & Celebrity Softball Game. The Futures Game features the brightest rising stars throughout baseball competing in a U.S. vs. World format.
Gatorade All-Star Workout Day includes the annual State Farm® Home Run Derby, which hosts a sold-out crowd.
MLB, the Giants and the City and County of San Francisco will host the "All-Star Game Red Carpet Show Presented by Chevrolet," from noon until 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10. Members of the American and National League All-Star Teams will ride to AT&T Park via a gala celebration along the streets of San Francisco in open-air vehicles provided by Chevrolet, the official vehicle of Major League Baseball and the 2007 All-Star Game. The parade will start at Pier 30/32 (The Embarcadero @ Brannon), and run SW along The Embarcadero toward AT&T Park. The parade route ends at Willie Mays Plaza at the corner of King Street and 3rd Street. This event is free to all fans.
The 2007 All-Star Game will be broadcast throughout the world by FOX Sports, ESPN Radio and a variety of international rightsholders.
The FOX Sports broadcast posted an average of 14.4 million viewers and the ratings of the 2006 Midsummer Classic showed a 15 percent increase over the 2005 All-Star Game, representing its largest increase of the last 24 years.
In 2006, more than 100 million fans around the world watched or listened to All-Star events via television, radio and the Internet.
More than 1,800 media members attended the 2006 All-Star Game in Pittsburgh.
FOX Sports will provide exclusive domestic television coverage of the 78th All-Star Game.
ESPN will provide exclusive television coverage of several All-Star Week events, including the XM All-Star Futures Game, the Taco Bell® Legends & Celebrity Softball Game, and the State Farm® Home Run Derby.
XM will provide play-by-play coverage of the XM All-Star Futures Game.
The Economic Impact of the All-Star Game
The economic impact of recent All-Star Games on its host cities and communities has been as follows, as calculated and provided by each All-Star Game host city:
|Year||Host City||Economic Impact*|
|2007||San Francisco||Estimated $60-65 million|
Past All-Star Games have filled between 14,000 and 16,500 hotel rooms and have drawn between 200,000 and 250,000 fans to the various All-Star Week festivities.
San Francisco's All-Star History
The 2007 All-Star Game will be the third hosted by San Francisco since the Giants moved west in 1958. Overall, it will be the fifth All-Star Game hosted by the franchise, as the Polo Grounds hosted the event in 1934 and 1942.
Eighty players have represented the Giants at the Midsummer Classic in franchise history.
Hall of Famer Willie Mays is a 24-time National League All-Star.
In the second All-Star Game at the Polo Grounds in 1934, Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell struck out Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin consecutively.
Giants players have been named the Most Valuable Player of the All-Star Game five times, tied with the Orioles, Reds and Dodgers for most alltime. The award was instituted for the 1962 All-Star Game, and Giants players won five of the first 13 honors. (Mays, 1963; Juan Marichal, 1965; Mays, 1968; Willie McCovey, 1969; Bobby Bonds, 1973.)
Both of the previous Midsummer Classics in San Francisco were held at Candlestick Park, in 1961 (the first ASG that year) and 1984.
In the first All-Star Game held in the 1961 season (from 1959-1962, two All-Star Games were held annually) was played on July 11. The National League won a 10-inning game by a 5-4 score despite committing five errors in the game. The total of seven errors in the contest was a record. The National League took a 3-1 lead into the top of the ninth inning, but the American League rallied with two runs, propelled by three consecutive one-out hits - including a Roger Maris single against Sandy Koufax. Giants righthander Stu Miller relieved the Dodgers great and was soon called for his ballyhooed "wind-blown balk," and then an error by Ken Boyer plated Al Kaline with the tying run. In the top of the 10th, the A.L. scored the go-ahead run after another Boyer error, leaving Hoyt Wilhelm to protect the visitors' edge. In the bottom of the frame, the extraordinary star-power of the N.L. lineup delivered and brought the game to a rapid conclusion. Hank Aaron led off with a single, advanced to second on a passed ball by Elston Howard and in short order came around with the tying run on a double by hometown favorite Willie Mays. After Frank Robinson was hit by a pitch to put a second man on base, Roberto Clemente stroked a single into right to end the game. Despite the infamous balk, hometown hurler Miller earned the win with the one unearned run allowed, fanning four batters among the five outs he recorded.
The 1984 All-Star Game was played on July 10, the same date as the 2007 Midsummer Classic. The '84 ASG was one year removed from the Midsummer Classic in which the American League broke the National League's 11-game winning streak at Chicago's Comiskey Park. A pair of National League arms stole the show in relief, as Dodgers sensation Fernando Valenzuela and Mets rookie Dwight Gooden - at 19, the youngest rookie All-Star in history - each struck out the side in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively, protecting their side's 2-1 advantage. After Dale Murphy's single knocked in Steve Garvey in the first against A.L. starter Dave Stieb, George Brett tied the game in the second with a solo shot off Charlie Lea. The N.L. answered in the bottom of the frame with a long ball by Gary Carter, who would be named the contest's Most Valuable Player, and Murphy's solo homer in eighth added an insurance run. Goose Gossage got the save with a scoreless ninth inning. Bob Brenly and Chili Davis represented the Giants at their home park.
AT&T Park opened in the 2000 season.
Seating capacity: 41,777.
The Giants have drawn more than 3.1 million fans for seven straight years, each of the park's existence.
AT&T Park was the first professional sports venue to provide Wi-Fi throughout the ballpark.
Earlier in 2007, the Giants teamed with Pacific Gas and Electric Company on plans to install a major solar system at AT&T Park. PG&E will install 590 solar panels in three areas of AT&T Park- most notably along the Port Walk on McCovey Cove. PG&E will reconnect the 123 kw of power generated from the solar panels into San Francisco's power grid to help the city achieve its goal of becoming the greenest city in the nation.
In addition to college football games, Cirque du Soleil and other sports and entertainment events, AT&T Park has hosted The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Dave Matthews Band and Green Day.
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