Major League Baseball All-Star Games in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Pirateshave hosted the Major League Baseball All-Star Gamea record-tying total of five times. The Cleveland Indianshave also hosted it five times.
*The second time the All-Star Game visited Pittsburgh was on
July 7, 1959. The National League again took the game 5-4, getting 9 hits to the American League's 8 hits.
*The third All-Star Game in Pittsburgh was on
July 23, 1974 at the four-year old Three Rivers Stadium. The National League again took the contest 7-2, with 10 hits against an American League effort of just 4. Ken Brett, the only Pirate on the National League team, was the winning pitcher.
July 12, 1994, when the All-Star Game visited Pittsburgh for the fourth time, again at Three Rivers. It was a tight contest, with the A.L. leading by two runs going into the bottom of the 9th. The N.L. posted two runs that inning to tie the score and force extra innings. The N.L. won the game 8-7 in the bottom of the 10th inning.
*In 2006, Pittsburgh hosted the All-Star Game for the fifth time, and the first at
PNC Park. The National League saw its winless streak extend to ten straight years with a 3-2 loss to the American League.
**Among the pre-game highlights was the performance of "
O, Canada"; the Pittsburgh crowd, "want(ing) to show they knew the words from being an NHL city," sang along. [cite news|title=Pirates Q&A|author=Dejan Kovacevic|work= Pittsburgh Post-Gazette|date=July 14, 2006|url=http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06195/705714-126.stm] FOX, which aired the game in the USA, cut to commercial during the Canadian national anthem. [cite news|url=http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?p=915748|date=July 11, 2006|work= The Sporting News|title=AL rallies for another All-Star win] Major League Baseball later posted a video of the performance on its website. [http://www.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/mlb/events/all_star/y2006/video.jsp]
As the Pirates hosted the 1944 and 1959 games at
Forbes Fieldand the 1974 and 1994 games in Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh is the first team that has not moved to have hosted the game in three different stadiums.
Only New York, with the Dodgers, Giants, Mets and Yankees, has hosted the event in four different stadiums: (
Ebbets Field, Polo Grounds, Shea Stadiumand Yankee Stadium). The Giants have hosted it in three different parks (but in two different cities). The Dodgers, between Brooklyn and Los Angeles, have hosted the game not only at Ebbets Field, but also the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseumand Dodger Stadium. The Baltimore Orioles, along with their predecessors, the St. Louis Browns, have hosted the game at Sportsman's Parkin St. Louis, Memorial Stadium, and Oriole Park at Camden Yardsin Baltimore. The Braves have hosted the game at Braves Field(in Boston), Milwaukee County Stadium, Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, and Turner Field.
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