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
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
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
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
FOX Sports will provide exclusive domestic television coverage of the 78th
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
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
Eighty players have represented the Giants at the Midsummer Classic in
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
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.