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The 85th Major League Baseball All-Star game will be played at Target Field in Minneapolis on Tuesday, July 15th. Here are some things you may not know about the All-Star game. The first game was played on July 6. 1933 in Chicago and Babe Ruth was the first player to hit a home run in All-Star game history. 

In 1945 the All-Star game was cancelled because of WWll, there was a strict rule about travel at that time.

From 1959 to 1962 there were two All-Star games played. The idea was to increase the player’s pension fund. The games were played with the same managers and pretty much the same players. In 1959 the games were played 27 days apart, in 1960, they were played two days apart. In 1961 and 1962 they were played 20 days apart. They all took place in different stadiums and the second game in 1961 ended in a 1-1 tie.

Each team has a 34 man roster, 21 position players and 13 pitchers. In the National League fans select the eight starters, in the American League, fans vote for nine starters because of the designated hitter. Coaches, players and managers vote for the 8 or nine back-up’s in those positions’. The manager chooses the remaining pitchers and position players.

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