Yankee Stadium to host '08 All-Stars

Yankee Stadium to host '08 All-Stars

The "House that Ruth Built" will be the house that the All-Stars close.

Capping a final emotional year at the current Yankee Stadium in 2008, Major League Baseball is set to announce that the annual Midsummer Classic will be hosted by the Yankees and played at the old yard that July, a baseball source told MLB.com on Wednesday.

The media conference announcing the official awarding of the game is planned for Jan. 31 at New York's City Hall and will be attended by Commissioner Bud Selig and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the source said, confirming an ESPN report.

The Yankees have played on the current site at 161st St. and River Ave. in the Bronx since 1923, when Ruth was the team's main attraction and the franchise began its run of 26 World Series championships, defeating the cross-river rival New York Giants. The original stadium was torn down, rebuilt on the same frame and re-opened in 1976. The new Yankee Stadium, just a few blocks to the north, is slated to open in 2009.

It'll be the fourth All-Star Game played in the two versions of Yankee Stadium, but the first since 1977. Previously, the 1939 game and one of the two played in 1960, were held in the original edifice. Shea Stadium, then in its inaugural season, hosted the All-Star Game in 1964.

There have been three other All-Star Games played in New York since the game was instituted in 1933 -- 1939 and 1942 at the Polo Grounds (the former home of the Giants) and 1949 at Ebbets Field (then the home of the Brooklyn Dodgers).

In recent years, the game has been used by Commissioner Selig to showcase new facilities. San Francisco, which opened AT&T Park in 2000, is hosting this year, and St. Louis, where the third Busch Stadium was opened this past year, was only recently named the recipient of the 2009 game.

Yankee Stadium will be the first older facility to host the game since Boston's Fenway Park staged the All-Star Game in 1999.

Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.