This Day In Sports History (July 8th) – 1997 MLB All-Star Game

1997 mlb all star game

It was on this day in 1997 that the 68th annual Major League Baseball All-Star game was played.  The game took place at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio, and hometown hero Sandy Alomar Jr. was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.

The American League went on to win the game by a score of 3-1, in one of the lowest scoring games in All-Star game history.  Edgar Martinez of the Seattle Mariners opened the scoring with a solo home run in the third inning.  The score remained 1-0 until the seventh inning, when Javy Lopez of the Atlanta Braves tied it with a solo shot of his own.  However, in the bottom half of the inning Sandy Alomar Jr. would hit the game winning home run, a two-run shot off San Francisco Giants pitcher Shawn Estes.

Sandy Alomar Jr. became the first player to be named All-Star Game MVP while playing in his home stadium.  MLB CEO Paul Beeston awarded Alomar with the trophy, as the MLB commissioner position was vacant at the time.

Here is a look at Alomar’s home run during the 1997 All-Star Game.

Notable Birthdays

Mike Ridley, NHL – Born July 8th 1963 (age 50) in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Karl Dykhuis, NHL – Born July 8th 1972 (age 41) in Sept-Iles, Quebec

Wang Zhizhi, NBA – Born July 8th 1977 (age 36) in Beijing, China

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