01/24/2005 10:00 PM ET
2005 All-Star Game fact sheet
July 12, 2005, Comerica Park - Detroit, Michigan
The Midsummer Classic
The 2005 All-Star Game in Detroit will be the 76th Midsummer Classic.
The first Major League Baseball All-Star Game was played in 1933 at Chicago's Comiskey Park. It was the first event of its kind in professional sports.
Major League Baseball's All-Star Game is the most popular and most watched All-Star Game among the four major professional sports.
Major League Baseball's All-Star Week encompasses five days of events, culminating with the All-Star Game. More than 250,000 people are expected to be a part of the All-Star experience in Detroit.
John Hancock All-Star FanFest will run from July 8-12 at the Cobo Conference/Exhibition Center. The interactive baseball theme park is expected to attract more than 90,000 fans.
Taco Bell® All-Star Sunday features both the All-Star Futures Game and the Taco Bell Legends/Celebrity Softball Game. The Futures Game pits the brightest of baseball's rising stars against each other in a U.S. vs. World format.
All-Star Workout Day is highlighted by the Century 21 Home Run Derby and attracts a sellout crowd.
Through Major League Baseball International, the 2004 All-Star Game was broadcast to 226 countries worldwide and was available in 12 languages.
More than 100 million fans around the world watched or listened to 2004 All-Star events via television, radio and the Internet.
More than 2,000 members of the media were in attendance at the 2004 Midsummer Classic in Houston.
FOX Sports will provide exclusive domestic television coverage for the 76th All-Star Game from Detroit, with MLB International providing coverage to more than 220 countries.
ESPN will provide exclusive television coverage of several other All-Star Week events, including the All-Star Futures Game, the Taco Bell® All-Star Legends/Celebrity Softball Game, and the Century 21 Home Run Derby.
Detroit's All-Star History
The 2005 All-Star Game will be the fourth for the city of Detroit.
In 1941, Detroit and Briggs Stadium played host to the ninth Midsummer Classic. The American League staged a historic comeback capped by Ted Williams' game-winning home run to top the National League, 7-5.
In 1951, the All-Star Game returned to Briggs Stadium. The National League defeated the American League in consecutive years for the first time, 8-3. Both teams combined to club six home runs, an All-Star Game record. Detroit's George Kell and Vic Wertz both homered in the Game.
In 1971, Tiger Stadium hosted its third Midsummer Classic as the American League snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Senior Circuit, 6-4. The game saw an All-Star Game record-tying six home runs hit, all by future Hall of Famers: Johnny Bench, Hank Aaron, Reggie Jackson, Frank Robinson, Harmon Killebrew and Roberto Clemente.
Detroit has been represented by 70 different players (192 appearances) at All-Star Games since the team's inception as one of the founding members of the American League in 1901.
Recent All-Star Games have generated an enormous economic impact for their host cities.
Past All-Star games have filled between 14,000 and 16,500 hotel rooms and have drawn between 120,000 and 150,000 fans to the multiple All-Star Week festivities.
Comerica Park opened in 2000 and more than 2,500,000 fans visited the ballpark in its inaugural season.
Seating capacity: 40,120.
|Year||Host City||Economic Impact|
|2004||Houston||$50 million (projected)|
|1995||Texas||(divided among three cities)|