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Great Baseball All-Star Game Moments: 1990-2019

Posted on July 18, 2020 by Dean Hybl
The most memorable moment of the 2001 All-Star Game occurred when Alex Rodriguez convinced Cal Ripken, Jr. to play shortstop. (Photo credit JOHN MABANGLO/AFP/Getty Images)

Over the last three decades, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game has transformed from being simply a game to being a multi-day extravaganza where the game itself is simply one component. For that reason, the game has at times seemed to be anti-climatic, but has still produced some great memories.

After the National League dominated the competition throughout the 1960s and 1970s, including a stretch of 19 victories in 20 games, the rolls have completely reversed in recent years.

The American League has claimed 23 out of the last 30 meetings, including a 13 game winning streak between 1997 and 2009 as well as a current seven game winning streak

In this final installment of the three part series in which we have reminisced about some of the great moments, games and players in All-Star history, we look at the most memorable games of the last three decades. Here are links to part one from 1933-1959 and part two from 1960-1989.

July 10, 1990 (Wrigley Field, Chicago)
The addition of lights at Wrigley Field allowed for the All-Star Game to be played at the storied venue for the first time since 1962.

The lights came in handy as the game endured 85 minutes worth of rain delays, which made it difficult for either team to develop a rhythm or establish a consistent pitching rotation.

The American League used six pitchers and the National League went through nine hurlers in the contest.

The game was scoreless until a two-run double by Julio Franco gave the AL all the runs they needed in posting a 2-0 victory.

July 12, 1994 (Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh)
In one of the most exciting All-Star Games in recent memory, the lead changed hands five times before the National League pulled out the victory in the 10th inning.

The NL jumped to a 4-1 advantage before the AL stormed back to claim a 7-5 lead entering the bottom of the ninth.

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5 Sports You Can Play at Home

Posted on July 17, 2020 by Martin Banks

Are you tired of sitting inside playing video games all day? Looking for something other than checkers and cornhole to start a friendly competition with your family and friends? Get your blood pumping with these fun activities perfect for warm summer days:

1. Ping Pong

Ping pong — or table tennis — is much less strenuous than a typical game of tennis. Plus, you can play indoors or outdoors, depending on the weather. All you need is a ping pong table, some paddles, a few balls and a competitor. 

The aim of the game is simple. Hit the ball over the net and back to your opponent. If they are unable to return the volley, you win a point. The first player with 11 points wins the game.

2. Darts 

Waiting around at the pub for an open dartboard can be annoying, especially if all the pool tables are taken, too. Take matters into your own hands and get your own board instead. Invite your friends over to break it in and offer a prize for the winner to keep things interesting. 

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Crucial Things To Assess Before Proceeding With An Online Sportsbook

Posted on July 14, 2020 by John Harris

Betting has certainly fascinated people in the past as well, and it will continue to do so. Wagering on sports is just one of the means that is highly popular among its viewers and fans due to the complete access for the same. 

Betting on cricket online in India has undergone some serious advancements with the advent of new applications and innovations brought on by upcoming technologies and the digitization of everything. 

Sports betting is something that has been going on for centuries, as it carries the certainty of winning something if you know how to bet.

Apart from being fun, new platforms have also made sports betting now legal. Several legal sites have now been created by bookmakers to provide their customers with a sense of security over the lawfulness of the process. Keeping this in mind, there are several other things than just legality of your dealer to concern yourself with when proceeding with an online sportsbook. 

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Great Baseball All-Star Game Moments: Part 2 (1960-1989)

Posted on July 12, 2020 by Dean Hybl

After becoming an American tradition following its inception in 1933, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game evolved into the “Midsummer Classic” through some memorable moments in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

Pete Rose took out Ray Fosse to help the National League win the 1970 All-Star Game.

The exhibition eventually moved beyond being just a game to include a home run contest and many other activities that gave fans the opportunity to see their heroes in a completely different atmosphere than ever before.

From the very beginning, the All-Star Game was a highly competitive contest that even though technically an exhibition, lacked little in desire by the great players to win the game and claim bragging rights over the other league.

The game began to lose a little of the competitive edge following the inception of free agency in the 1970s. More players were switching from league to league and by the 1980s it started to be more important to give as many players as possible a chance to play, rather than keep your best players out there for the entire contest.

Of course, that strategy culminated with the 2002 game, which had to be called with the game tied in the 12th inning because both teams had run out of players. We will look more in-depth at that game in part three of this series.

In this second installment of the three part series, we will relive some of the legendary moments and games in All-Star history between 1960 and 1989. You can also catch the first installment with memories from 1933-1959.

July 13, 1960 (Yankee Stadium, New York City)
Between 1959 and 1962, two All-Star Games were played each year to provide the opportunity for fans in different cities to see the players up close and personal.

The second All-Star Game of the 1960 season provided a homecoming for Willie Mays, who had not been back to New York City since the Giants moved to San Francisco following the 1957 season.

He didn’t disappoint as Mays led off the game with a single and then hit a home run in the third inning.

Eddie Mathews, Ken Boyer and Stan Musial also blasted home runs for the National League as they won the game 6-0.

Also of note in the game was that it marked the 18th and final All-Star appearance for Ted Williams.

July 31, 1961 (Fenway Park, Boston)
The second meeting between the All-Stars in 1961 marked the first time that the game ended in a tie as the game was knotted at 1-1 when rain prevented the game from continuing after nine innings.

The American League scored first on a home run by Rocky Colavito in the first inning. The National League didn’t score until the sixth inning when Eddie Mathews scored on a hit by Bill White.

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Exercising Without Even Realizing That You’re Exercising

Posted on July 12, 2020 by John Harris

Exercise is good for our mental and physical health but it doesn’t have to be strenuous or miserable. While some people enjoy going to the gym to work out or going for runs, not everyone likes doing it. This doesn’t mean that just because you can’t do either of these that you shouldn’t find alternative ways to work out. Sometimes, you could get bored with exercising in the same environment for long and need a change.

There are several ways in which you can exercise without even realizing that you are exercising. Working out doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to lift weights or anything like that. The most important thing is that you move in a way that engages your muscles and joints. One amazing alternative is rebounding – all you need to get started is a Leaps and Rebounds mini fitness trampoline.

Ways of exercising without having to hit the gym

If going to the gym doesn’t tickle your fancy and you’re looking for other alternative ways to remain active, then this piece is for you. We have put together a list of 5 ways in which you can get moving without realizing that you’re working out:

  1. Rebounding

Rebounding makes us breathe faster and our hearts to race. The good thing about it is that you don’t even need to have muscles to reap the benefits that come with exercising on a rebounder. You can still have fun on a trampoline if you have bad joints or your knees are always hurting. What better way to exercise than jump your way right into the fit life.

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Great Baseball All-Star Game Moments: Part 1 (1933-1959)

Posted on July 11, 2020 by Dean Hybl
Babe Ruth hit the first home run in All-Star Game history during the first All-Star Game in 1933.

Since its inception in 1933, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game has provided fans an annual opportunity to see most of the great stars of the game on the same field. While the game is an exhibition and has withstood periods of indifference by some players, management and fans, it remains a special mid-season moment.

Because of COVID-19, there will not be an All-Star Game played in 2020, marking only the second season without a game (the first was in 1945 during World War II) since the start of the annual contest in 1933.

Though there will not be any new memories this year, there have been many memorable games and moments in the 90 meetings between the top players of the American and National Leagues.

This is the first of a three-part series where we will relive some of the great moments and games in the history of this special series.

July 6, 1933 – Comiskey Park, Chicago
The idea of bringing the top players from both the American and National Leagues together in the middle of the season for one “All-Star” game was initiated by Arch Ward, a sports editor for the Chicago Tribune. The first game was played at Comiskey Park to coincide with Chicago’s Century of Progress Exposition.

In a fitting testimonial to his legendary career, Babe Ruth hit the first home run in All-Star history when he lifted a pitch from Bill Hallahan into the right-field stands in the third inning.

The American League went on to win the game 4-2 with Lefty Gomez earning the victory.

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      The Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Month pitched in four decades, was a veteran of World War II and is one of only two pitchers to finish with exactly 300 career victories.

      Hall of Famer Early Wynn began his career as a 19-year old in 1939 by pitching three games for the Washington Senators. After spending the 1940 season in the minors, he went 3-1 with a 1.58 ERA in a brief stint in the majors in 1941.

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