Before the AL extended its unbeaten streak to 13 at the 2009 All-Star Game in St. Louis, President Obama, wearing a jacket of the White Sox, his favorite team, became the fourth president to throw out the first pitch at an All-Star Game and the first since George H.W. Bush in 1992 in San Diego.
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Young gets it done ... again
The 79th Midsummer Classic was the longest in history, ending at 1:38 a.m. ET after four hours and 50 minutes of action. Two years after earning All-Star Game MVP honors by leading the American League to victory with a two-RBI triple in the ninth, Texas' Michael Young collected another game-winning RBI with a sacrifice fly in the 15th. Young hit the ball to right field, and Justin Morneau tagged up and just beat Cory Hart's throw to home, extending the AL's unbeaten streak to a record 12 games.
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Ichiro's Inside-The-Park Home Run
MVP Ichiro Suzuki's drive off the right-field wall at quirky AT&T Park bounced away from Ken Griffey Jr. for the first inside-the-park home run in All-Star game history. His two-run homer off Chris Young in the fifth inning put the AL ahead and the Americans held on for a 5-4 victory.
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Young Saves The Day
MVP Michael Young drove in the game-winning runs with a two-out triple in the ninth inning against NL closer Trevor Hoffman.
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AL second baseman Alfonso Soriano dealt the crushing blow early with a three-run home run that capped a six-run first inning off hometown starter Roger Clemens of the Astros. Soriano was named MVP.
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Texas third baseman Hank Blalock gave the AL home field advantage in the World Series with a stunning two-run home run off Eric Gagne at U.S. Cellular Field. Blalock became the 12th player to go deep in his first All-Star at-bat.
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Hunter Robs Bonds
The infamous tie in Milwaukee might have turned out differently had AL center fielder Torii Hunter not robbed Barry Bonds of a home run in the first inning.
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Playing in his 18th and final All-Star Game, Cal Ripken Jr. went deep off Chan Ho Park to win his second MVP award in the midsummer classic.
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Pitching in his home ballpark of Fenway, Pedro Martinez became the first pitcher to strike out the first four batters in an All-Star Game. The MVP struck out five of the six batters he faced, and the AL won 4-1.
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Boston legend Ted Williams was among 41 legends introduced before the 1999 game, but none elicited a bigger reaction than the Splended Splinter.
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Walker vs. Unit
Rockies slugger Larry Walker became a switch-hitter rather than face Randy Johnson from the left side of the plate at Cleveland's Jacobs Field.
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Jeff Conine, the nascent Marlins' lone representative, hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning to give the NL a 3-2 win in Arlington, Texas, and stake a claim to the MVP trophy.
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Royals slugger and two-sport star Bo Jackson led off the bottom of the first at Anaheim Stadium with a home run off NL starter Rick Reuschel that keyed the AL's 5-3 victory and garnered Jackson MVP honors.
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First Grand Slam
The AL won for the first time since 1971 as the Angels' Fred Lynn hit the first grand slam in All-Star Game history. Lynn's shot off Atlee Hammaker came after the NL intentionally walked Robin Yount at old Comiskey Park.
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Down Goes Fosse
In a play that came to epitomize the play-to-win attitude of All-Star Games past, Pete Rose scored the winning run in the bottom of the 12th by barreling into catcher Ray Fosse at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati.
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Walk It Off, Ted
Joe DiMaggio, left, was on base when Ted Williams hit a two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to lift the AL to a 7-5 victory in the midsummer classic in Detroit's old Briggs Stadium.
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Future Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell of the Giants made All-Star history by striking out Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmy Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin in succession at the Polo Grounds in New York.
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