Great Baseball Moments- Fred Lynn Hits The Only Grand Slam in All-Star Game History. It was the fiftieth anniversary of the inaugural All-Star Game in 1933- and it was played in the very same ball park- old Comiskey Park in Chicago. It’s kind of hard to believe in 2021- after 90 All-Star Games have been played that there has only been one grand slam home run hit in All-Star Game history. It happened in the bottom of the 3rd inning. Atlee Hammaker was pitching for the National League- Fred Lynn of the California Angels who always seemed to come up big in All-Star Games- he hit a total of four second only to Stan ‘The Man’ Musial. Lynn’s home run ignited a 7 run third inning for the American League and led them to a blow out 13-3 victory. The National League had won 11 straight All-Star Games- the last American League win had been back in 1971.
I remember watching this. If Lynn could have been healthy…I would have loved to seen the numbers he could have put up.
such a great all around player- what a rookie year- Rookie of the Year and MVP.
Comiskey had that “exploding scoreboard” that shot off fireworks whenever the Sox (or whoever the home team was) hit a home run. We lived about a mile and a half from Comiskey, so whenever the scoreboard went off, we’d hear it about ten seconds later. We got to enjoy the fireworks twice on that home run, once on TV and once when the sound got to us.
The highlight for Mary was seeing the Goodyear blimp fly overhead twice, from Midway Airport to Comiskey before the game and on the return flight after the game. That thing is a lot noisier than it seems…
sounds like some great memories. Was Bill Veeck the owner of the Sox at any time when you lived in the area? You mentioned the exploding scoreboard- that had to have been a Veeck doing!
Veeck put the exploding scoreboard up in 1960, after they won the AL in ’59. He sold the team in ’61 and bought them again before the ’76 season, and sold them in ’82. I was alive for both, and remember the second very well, because that was after I moved to the South Side.
The Wrigley Field tradition of Harry Caray singing “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” actually started when he was doing Sox games. Veeck got him to do that.