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MLB All-Star Game

MLB All-Star Game

  • Premiered: 
    July 12, 1949
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  • Network: CBS
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Sports
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    All-Star Game for MLB 
  • Subject Matter:
  • Tags: baseball (pro)

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Plot Synopsis

Each year in mid-July, Major League Baseball's best players -- as determined by fan votes as well as manager selections -- come together so the National League All-Stars can battle the American League All-Stars. This exhibition game has long financed the players' pension fund, but the importance of the ALL-STAR GAME increased, starting in 2003, since the winner of the Midsummer Classic now secures home field advantage for that league in the World Series. In 1949, the ALL-STAR GAME was first broadcast, with Red Barber as the announcer and CBS showing the game to approximately 19 stations in the Midwest and along the East Coast. The following year, the ALL-STAR GAME had its first national broadcast, with Jack Brickhouse and NBC providing nationwide coverage. NBC aired the ALL-STAR GAME for 26 years, until 1976 when ABC and NBC alternated as the broadcast network for 14 years. In 1990, CBS telecast the game for four straight years, followed by a seven-year period during which NBC alternated annual broadcasts with ABC and then FOX. Since 2001, FOX has been the television home of the Midsummer Classic.
The 2017 ALL-STAR GAME was hosted by Marlins Park in Miami, FL on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, with Chris Sale and Max Scherzer the scheduled starting pitchers for the American and National League teams, respectively. FOX began its live coverage of the 88th Major League All-Star Game at 8pm ET/5pm PT, with Joe Buck calling his 19th All-Star Game. Buck called the game with analysts John Smoltz for the second consecutive year, and the duo were joined by MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal and broadcast Tom Verducci from the dugouts. The game is immediately preceded by a half-hour pregame show on local FOX stations at 7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT, with host Kevin Burkhardt and analysts Alex Rodriguez, Frank Thomas, and Verducci.


Firsts, Lasts & Notable Notes

  • July 16, 1985: First network TV program to be broadcast in stereo.