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DVD relives ASG's biggest moments
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07/08/2004  8:30 AM ET
DVD relives ASG's biggest moments
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The memory-packed DVD is 60 minutes long, plus 30 minutes of bonus footage. (MLB.com)
The 75th All-Star Game is just around the corner. If only there was something, like a DVD, that captured three-quarters of a century of All-Star memories into a neat little package.

Thanks to Major League Baseball Productions, there is such a perfect product. Arriving just in time for this year's Midsummer Classic is "Awesome All-Star Action." The DVD contains 90 minutes of history, highlights and interviews to make a viewer feel like he or she had a seat right behind the dugout for all 74 All-Star Games.

Starting with a look back at Babe Ruth's home run to christen the event back in 1933, "Awesome All-Star Action" takes a look at all the trends over the years. The American League won that first All-Star Game, but did you know the National League won 19 of 20 games at one point? The DVD rightfully points out that race may have played an issue: NL teams were quicker to integrate than their counterparts in the Junior Circuit.

All the great moments are captured, from the All-Century Team announcements and the impromptu gathering around Ted Williams in Boston in 1999 to Cal Ripken Jr.'s switch to shortstop in his last classic in 2001.

Be sure to catch the highlights from the greatest games -- and their greatest feats. Ted Williams never showed much emotion on the field, but he celebrated as he rounded the bases when he won the 1941 All-Star Game with a home run. Stan Musial told his teammates he was going to end the 12-inning All-Star Game in 1955 and he did with a solo homer. It's that kind of pearl (and the fact that Musial's name is all over the All-Star Game record book) that you might not know if you don't have this DVD. There's Reggie Jackson's towering shot in Detroit, Fred Lynn's grand slam and Ripken's farewell home run as well.

Many people complain that the All-Star Game isn't what it used to be. Once upon a time, they claim, it was an important game where players went all out to win. Now, the critics continue, it's more of a fun exhibition and the final score is almost secondary. Well, watch the DVD. While there is a section devoted to the lighter side of the game, interviews with current players (mixed in with the "old school" vets) will make some of those critics reconsider. To a man, all current All-Stars discuss how important winning the game is ... and that's before "This Time it Counts" became a reality.

The best hitting and pitching performances are documented, from Bo Jackson becoming the second player to homer and steal a base in the same game (Willie Mays was the first) to Carl Hubbell striking out five Future Hall of Famers in a row.

The program ends with a preview of the 75th All-Star Game, focusing on the possibility of Roger Clemens returning to the game one last time, in his home park and in the city where he attended his first Midsummer Classic.

And that's just in the 60 minutes of the regular show. There's an additional half-hour of bonus footage. It includes "Storytellers," which includes fuller length interviews with players and historians (some snippets of these interviews made it into the full show, but these longer versions enrich the DVD even more). There are highlights of the Home Run Derby, to some the best part of the All-Star Weekend, and a rundown on all 74 past All-Star Games.

Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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