All-Stars at the ‘Stick: With Willie McCovey as the honorary captain of the National League, the 1984 All-Star game was held at Candlestick Park on this date, and McCovey’s squad emerged with a 3-1 victory. Aside from Stretch, the San Francisco Giants sent two representatives, Bob Brenly and Chili Davis – both of whom made an appearance in the game by making an out as pinch hitters. The game will be remembered because Los Angeles Dodgers lefty Fernando Valenzuela and New York Mets phenom Dwight Gooden combined to strike out six batters in a row in the fourth and fifth innings.
All-Stars at the ‘Stick, Part 2: San Francisco hosted its first All-Star game on this date in 1961, and the winds came by to say hello. Famous (or infamous) for Giants reliever Stu Miller being blown off the mound for a ninth inning balk that led to the AL tying the game, the 1961 All-Star game ended with the NL winning 5-4 in ten innings. Four Giants made it that year – Miller (the eventual wining pitcher), Orlando Cepeda (0-for-3), Willie Mays (2-for-5 with two runs scored), and Mike McCormick (3 IP, 1 ER, 3Ks).
A Scorcher in St. Louis: The 1966 All-Star game had an amazing six Giants in the roster – Tom Haller (did not play), Jim Ray Hart, Juan Marichal, Mays, McCovey, and Gaylord Perry – but the real amazing aspect was the Missouri heat. In 105-degree weather, the National League edged the American League 2-1 at Busch Stadium. Perry got the victory by pitching a scoreless ninth and tenth innings.
Zeros in Detroit: Four Giants played at Tigers Stadium in the 1971 Midsummer Classic, and all of them put up zeroes – Mays, McCovey, and Bobby Bonds combined to go 0-for-5, and Marichal pitched scoreless fourth and fifth innings as the National League fell to the American league for the first time since 1962, with a score of 6-4.
Power Outage Across the Bay: The 1987 All-Star game was held at the Oakland Coliseum, and some fans might say it started late – the game remained scoreless until the thirteenth inning, when the National League scored the two winning runs off a triple by Montreal Expos outfielder Tim Raines. Seven NL pitchers including future Giants Steve Bedrosian and Rick Reuschel combined for a 6-hit shutout. Jeffrey Leonard, the Giants lone representative, went 0-for-2.
Schmidt Starts it in Chicago: The Giants sent Jason Schmidt and Barry Bonds to U.S. Cellular field for the 2003 All-Star game, and again both Giants put up zeros – Schmidt started the game and threw two shutout innings, striking out three, and Bonds went 0-for-3. The AL won the game with a 3-run rally in the bottom of the eighth inning, and former Giants minor leaguer Keith Foulke converted the save for a 7-6 AL victory.
Riding the Bench in Minneapolis: On the lone All-Star Game played on this date in Major League history, the 1985 NL All-Stars defeated their AL counterparts 6-1 at the Metrodome. No Giant ever made it on the field during the game, as the lone Giants representative, pitcher Scott Garrelts, never made it off the bench for the NL.
Don Shin eats, breathes, thinks, and bleeds in Orange and Black. Pac Bell Park officially opened on his 25th birthday (the one year he decided to move out of the Bay Area!!!). For the 2000 playoff drive, he dyed his hair orange while studying in Korea. He watched Game 6 of the '02 World Series at a restaurant in LA, and couldn't finish his meal afterwards. Feel free to write him at email@example.com to commiserate, cheer, and complain.
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