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Giants to host '07 All-Star Game
SAN FRANCISCO -- The 2007 All-Star Game will be played at SBC Park, Major League Baseball and the Giants announced on Wednesday, giving San Francisco the game for the third time and the National League the first back-to-back contests in this era.
Following the 2006 game at Pittsburgh's PNC Park, San Francisco's turn will mark the first time since the early 1950s that one league, in this case the National, has hosted the Midsummer Classic in consecutive seasons. Including last year's game at Houston's Minute Maid Park, the NL will have hosted the All-Star Game three times during the four-year period beginning in 2004.
This year's game is scheduled for July 12 at Detroit's Comerica Park.
The selection makes good on Commissioner Bud Selig's quest to showcase the new ballparks opening around the Majors.
Including a new ballpark to be opened in St. Louis for the 2006 season, eight of the nine MLB ballparks inaugurated since the start of the 2000 season will have been in NL cities. In addition, the Washington Nationals hope to debut a new stadium in 2008.
Since the Giants moved to San Francisco after the 1957 season, the team has hosted the game twice at Candlestick Park -- in 1961 and 1984. The former New York Giants hosted the All-Star Game twice, in 1934 and 1942, at the old Polo Grounds.
The American League won the two games played in New York, and the NL won the two games played in San Francisco.
It will have been 23 years between All-Star Games played in San Francisco.
SBC Park, formerly known as Pacific Bell Park, opened in 2000. It was the site of the 2002 World Series, won by the Angels over the Giants in seven games, and has been home to many of Giants slugger Barry Bonds' home run feats.
Bonds hit career homers 600, 660, 661 and 700 at the ballpark nestled on the banks of McCovey Cove. His 700th homer led off the third inning against Padres right-hander Jake Peavy last Sept. 17. Nos. 660 and 661 also came at home early last year and allowed him to pass his godfather, Willie Mays, and move into third place on the all-time list behind Babe Ruth (714) and Hank Aaron (755).
Mays started in center field for the NL at Candlestick in 1961 and went 2-for-5 with a double, RBI and two runs scored as the senior circuit won, 5-4. The game in San Francisco was one of two All-Star Games that season. The other was played in Boston's Fenway Park in a game that was rained out after nine innings with the score tied, 1-1.
During the four-year period from 1959 to 1962, MLB staged two All-Star games in each season.