Major League Baseball All-Star Game venues

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game venue is chosen by Major League Baseball and traditionally alternates between the American League and National League every year. This tradition has been broken twice. The first time was in 1951, when the Detroit Tigers were chosen to host the annual game as part of the city's 250th birthday. It was broken again in 2007, when the San Francisco Giants were the host for the 2007 All-Star Game. That scheduling also set up the 2008 game to be held in the scheduled final season at Yankee Stadium.

The "home team" is the league in which the host franchise plays its games. The criteria for choosing the venue are subjective; for the most part, cities with new parks and cities who have not hosted the game in a long time—or ever—tend to get the nod. In the first two decades of the game there were two pairs of teams that shared ballparks, located in Philadelphia and St. Louis. This led to some shorter-than-usual gaps between the use of those venues: The Cardinals hosted the game in 1940, and the Browns in 1948. The Athletics hosted the game in 1943, and the Phillies in 1952.

Ballparks that have hosted more than one All-Star Game

Active baseball parks

*Wrigley Field 1947, 1962, 1990
*Fenway Park 1946, 1961, 1999
*Angel Stadium 1967, 1989 (also scheduled for 2010)

Defunct baseball parks

*Yankee Stadium 1939, 1960, 1977, 2008
*Cleveland Stadium 1935, 1954, 1963, 1981
*Sportsman's Park 1940, 1948, 1957
*Tiger Stadium 1941, 1951, 1971
*Comiskey Park 1933, 1950, 1983
*Polo Grounds 1934, 1942
*Shibe Park 1943, 1952
*Crosley Field 1938, 1953
*Griffith Stadium 1937, 1956
*Forbes Field 1944, 1959
*RFK Stadium 1962, 1969
*Milwaukee County Stadium 1955, 1975
*Candlestick Park 1961, 1984
*Houston Astrodome 1968, 1986
*Riverfront Stadium 1970, 1988
*Jack Murphy Stadium 1978, 1992
*Three Rivers Stadium 1974, 1994
*Veterans Stadium 1976, 1996

Ballparks that have never hosted an All-Star Game

Active baseball parks (oldest parks listed first)

*Dolphin Stadium, opened in 1987; the Marlins have played there since 1993
*Tropicana Field, opened in 1990; the Rays have played there since 1998
*Chase Field, the Diamondbacks have played there since 1998
*Great American Ball Park, the Reds have played there since 2003
*Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies have played there since 2004
*PETCO Park, the Padres have played there since 2004
*Busch Stadium, the Cardinals have played there since 2006; the 2009 All-Star Game is scheduled to be played there
*Nationals Park, the Nationals have played there since 2008

Defunct baseball parks (oldest parks listed first)

*Baker Bowl, the Phillies played there from 1895 to 1938
*League Park, the Indians split games between League Park and Cleveland Stadium off and on until the end of the 1946 season
*Seals Stadium, the Giants played there from 1958 to 1959
*Wrigley Field of Los Angeles, the Angels played there in 1961
*Colt Stadium, the Colt .45s (now the Astros) played there from 1962 to 1964
*Sick's Stadium, the Pilots played there in 1969
*Jarry Park, the Expos played there from 1969 to 1976
*Arlington Stadium, the Rangers played there from 1972 to 1993
*Exhibition Stadium, the Blue Jays played there from 1977 to 1989
*Mile High Stadium, the Rockies played there from 1993 to 1994

The last time each franchise has hosted an All-Star Game

:"from least recent to most recent

*New York Mets, 1964
*St. Louis Cardinals, 1966 (scheduled to host in 2009)
*Kansas City Royals, 1973
*Los Angeles Dodgers, 1980
*Washington Nationals, 1982 (as Montreal Expos – the last All-Star Game held in Washington, DC was in 1969, hosted by the present-day Texas Rangers franchise)
*Minnesota Twins, 1985
*Oakland Athletics, 1987
*Cincinnati Reds, 1988
*Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 1989 (scheduled to host in 2010)
*Chicago Cubs, 1990
*Toronto Blue Jays, 1991
*San Diego Padres, 1992
*Florida Marlins, never (franchise started in 1993)
*Baltimore Orioles, 1993
*Texas Rangers, 1995
*Philadelphia Phillies, 1996
*Cleveland Indians, 1997
*Arizona Diamondbacks, never (franchise started in 1998)
*Tampa Bay Rays, never (franchise started in 1998)
*Colorado Rockies, 1998
*Boston Red Sox, 1999
*Atlanta Braves, 2000
*Seattle Mariners, 2001
*Milwaukee Brewers, 2002
*Chicago White Sox, 2003
*Houston Astros, 2004
*Detroit Tigers, 2005
*Pittsburgh Pirates, 2006
*San Francisco Giants, 2007
*New York Yankees, 2008

Major League Baseball cities in order of most All-Star Games hosted

Hosting All-Star Game and post-season games in same season

Coincidentally, some seasons have seen action at the same ballpark for both mid-summer classic and post-season series.

World Series play had begun 1903

*1939: New York Yankees - won World Series
*1946: Boston Red Sox - lost World Series
*1949: Brooklyn Dodgers - lost World Series
*1954: Cleveland Indians - lost World Series
*1959 (Game 2): Los Angeles Dodgers - won World Series
*1960 (Game 2): New York Yankees - lost World Series
*1965: Minnesota Twins - lost World Series

League Championship Series play began 1969

Doubling the chances for such a coincidence.

*1970: Cincinnati Reds - lost World Series - also first season for Riverfront Stadium
*1974: Pittsburgh Pirates - lost NLCS
*1976: Philadelphia Phillies - lost NLCS
*1977: New York Yankees - won World Series
*1983: Chicago White Sox - lost ALCS
*1986: Houston Astros - lost NLCS
*1991: Toronto Blue Jays - lost ALCS

Division Series play began 1994

Doubling the chances again. First actual Division Series games in 1995 due to strike in 1994.

*1997: Cleveland Indians - lost World Series
*1999: Boston Red Sox - lost ALCS
*2000: Atlanta Braves - lost NLDS
*2001: Seattle Mariners - lost ALCS
*2004: Houston Astros - lost NLCS


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