List of Major League Baseball All-Star Game broadcasters
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- The 2010 All-Star Game marked the first time the annual game would be shown in 3D. Kenny Albert and Mark Grace were the announcers for the 3D broadcast.
- In 2008, Fox went on the air at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time with a special, one hour "red carpet parade" show hosted by Jeanne Zelasko and Chris Rose. Also contributing to the program were reporters Mark Grace, Laura Okmin, and Charissa Thompson. This was followed by play-by-play man Joe Buck presiding over the pregame festivities (e.g. player introductions and the singing of "The Star-Spangled Banner") via the public address system.
- The British rights-holder for this game, five (now known as Channel 5) ended its coverage at 6 a.m. BST with the game still in the 12th inning. The network explained that it had a commitment to carry the children's cartoon show The Wiggles that it could not break. The situation is similar to the infamous "Heidi Game" on the U.S. network NBC in 1968.
- The 1990 All-Star Game from Chicago's Wrigley Field was marred by an approximately 68 minute rain delay that started during the top of the 7th inning. In the mean time, CBS aired Rescue 911.
- For CBS' coverage of the 1992 All-Star Game, they introduced Basecam, a lipstick-size camera, inside first base.
- In June 1993, CBS Sports' Lesley Visser suffered a jogging accident in New York's Central Park in which she broke her hip and skidded face-first across the pavement. She required reconstructive plastic surgery on her face and in 2006, she required an artificial hip replacement. She missed the 1993 Major League Baseball All-Star Game due to the accident. In Visser's place in the meantime, came Jim Kaat.
- The 1994 All-Star Game marked NBC's first broadcast of a Major League Baseball game since Game 5 of the 1989 National League Championship Series on October 9. It also marked the inaugural broadcast of "The Baseball Network", which was a short-lived (lasting through the conclusion of the 1995 World Series), revenue-sharing joint venture between NBC, ABC and Major League Baseball. The '94 All-Star game was also broadcast in Spanish on NBC's Secondary Audio Program. Boston Red Sox announcer Hector Martinez and seven time All-Star Tony Pérez were the announcers for the occasion.
- The 1981 All-Star Game is to date, the only one to be played on a weekend (Sunday night). The game was originally to be played on July 14, but was cancelled due to the players' strike lasting from June 12 to July 31. It was then brought back as a prelude to the second half of the season, which began the following day.
- For NBC's 1983 All-Star Game coverage, Don Sutton was in New York, periodically tracking pitches with the aid of NBC's "Inside Pitch" technology.
- In 1985, NBC's telecast of the All-Star Game out of the Metrodome in Minnesota was the first program to be broadcast in stereo by a TV network.
- Former President of the United States, Ronald Reagan (who had just left office) served as the color commentator instead of Tom Seaver (Vin Scully's normal NBC broadcasting partner at the time) for the first inning of the 1989 game.
- 1976 - The ABC team of Bob Prince, Bob Uecker and Warner Wolf alternated roles for the broadcast. For the first three innings, Prince did play-by-play with Wolf on color commentary and Uecker doing field interviews. For the middle innings, Uecker worked play-by-play with Prince on color and Wolf doing the interviews. For the final three innings, Wolf worked play-by-play with Uecker on color and Prince doing interviews.
- The 1967 All-Star Game in Anaheim can be considered the first "prime time" telecast of a Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The game started at approximately 7:00 p.m. on the East Coast.
- In 1967, Buddy Blattner, broadcaster for the host California Angels, appeared briefly at the beginning of the NBC telecast to introduce viewers to Anaheim Stadium before moving to the NBC Radio booth for the game itself. Houston Astros announcer Gene Elston was used in the same role for the 1968 game at the Astrodome.
- The 1969 game was originally scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, July 22, but heavy rains forced its postponement to the following afternoon. The 1969 contest remains the last All-Star Game to date to be played earlier than prime time in the Eastern United States.
|Year||Network||Play-by-play||Color commentator(s)||Venue/Host team||Rating||Share||Households||Viewers|
|1959 (1st game)||NBC||Mel Allen||Curt Gowdy||Forbes Field, Pittsburgh Pirates||16.1||64|
|1959 (2nd game)||NBC||Mel Allen||Vin Scully||Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles Dodgers||25.1||56|
|1958||NBC||Mel Allen||Al Helfer||Memorial Stadium, Baltimore Orioles||17.9||66|
|1957||NBC||Mel Allen||Al Helfer||Sportsman's Park, St. Louis Cardinals||19.8||68|
|1956||NBC||Mel Allen||Al Helfer||Griffith Stadium, Washington Senators||18.9||69|
|1955||NBC||Mel Allen||Al Helfer||County Stadium, Milwaukee Braves||21.5||67|
|1954||NBC||Mel Allen||Gene Kelly||Municipal Stadium, Cleveland Indians||17.7||65|
|1953||NBC||Jack Brickhouse||Mel Allen||Crosley Field, Cincinnati Reds||8.6||32|
|1952||NBC||Jack Brickhouse||Mel Allen||Shibe Park, Philadelphia Phillies||15.6||53|
|1951||NBC||Jack Brickhouse||Jim Britt||Briggs Stadium, Detroit Tigers||27.3||89|
|1950||NBC||Jack Brickhouse||Comiskey Park, Chicago White Sox||16.5||65|
- The 1952 All-Star Game in Philadelphia was the first nationally televised All-Star Game, but it was shortened by rain.
- In 1950, the Mutual Broadcasting System acquired the television broadcast rights to the World Series and All-Star Game for the next six years. Mutual may have been reindulging in TV network dreams or simply taking advantage of a long-standing business relationship; in either case, the broadcast rights were sold to NBC in time for the following season's games at an enormous profit.
|Year||Network||Play-by-play||Color commentator(s)||Venue/Host team|
|1949||CBS||Red Barber||Ebbets Field, Brooklyn Dodgers|
|1948||KSD||Bob Ingham||Sportsman's Park, St. Louis Browns|
|Year||Network||Play-by-play||Color commentator(s)||Venue/Host team||Reporter(s)||Studio host|
|2014||ESPN||Jon Sciambi||Chris Singleton||Target Field, Minnesota Twins||Peter Pascarelli and Tim Kurkjian||Marc Kestecher|
|2013||ESPN||Jon Sciambi||Chris Singleton||Citi Field, New York Mets||Peter Pascarelli and Tim Kurkjian||Marc Kestecher|
|2012||ESPN||Jon Sciambi||Chris Singleton||Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City Royals||Peter Pascarelli and John Rooney||Marc Kestecher|
|2011||ESPN||Jon Sciambi||Chris Singleton||Chase Field, Arizona Diamondbacks||Peter Pascarelli and John Rooney||Marc Kestecher|
|2010||ESPN||Jon Sciambi||Dave Campbell||Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||Peter Pascarelli and John Rooney||Marc Kestecher|
|Year||Network||Play-by-play||Color commentator(s)||Venue/Host team|
|Red Barber and Bob Elson
France Laux and Arch McDonald
Tom Manning and Paul Douglas
|Yankee Stadium, New York Yankees|
|Crosley Field, Cincinnati Reds|
Bill Dyer and Arch McDonald
|Griffith Stadium, Washington Senators|
|National League Park, Boston Bees|
|Ellis Vander Pyl
|Municipal Stadium, Cleveland Indians|
|Polo Grounds, New York Giants|
|Comiskey Park, Chicago White Sox|
- Up until at least, the late 1970s-early 1980s, a majority of the radio announcing crews for the All-Star Game split play-by-play duties, doing either the first 4½ or last 4½ innings.
- Lepore, Steve (10 July 2014). "MLB ALL-STAR GAME ON FOX CHANGES WITH TECHNOLOGY, MORE CABLE". Awful Announcing.
- Mike Tirico, on-air comment on Tirico and Van Pelt, ESPN Radio, July 22, 2008. Tirico was in England to cover The Open Championship for ESPN on ABC.
- 1998 NBA Finals Game 6 (Commercial Break 14) on YouTube
- Baker, Jim (July 5, 1998). "Play by Play; McGwire may be a home run for baseball". Boston Herald. p. 013.
- 1996 MLB All-Star Game Open on YouTube
- Trecker, Jerry (July 12, 1996). "AT LEAST FOR WBNE, RED SOX ARE PLEASING". Hartford Courant. p. C2.
- 1995 ABC MLB All-Star Game commercial on YouTube
- Hiestand, Michael (July 7, 1995). "McEnroe sees a plus in all the fuss". USA Today. p. 2C.
- Martzke, Rudy (July 11, 1995). "ABC All-Stars shrug off uncertainty of future". USA Today. p. 2C.
- 1994 MLB All-Star Game Open on YouTube
- Nidetz, Steve (July 11, 1994). "WITH BASEBALL BACK, NBC PULLS OUT ITS OWN ALL-STAR LINEUP". Chicago Tribune. p. 4.
- Hopkins, Tom (July 11, 1994). "ABC MAKES A DEAL WITH AMERICA ONLINE". Dayton Daily News. p. 9B.
- 1993 MLB All Star Game @mrodsports on YouTube
- "Gaston gets rebuke from CBS". Toronto Star. July 14, 1993. p. E2.
- Scheibe, John (July 11, 1993). "Diamond Showcase CBS' TIM MCCARVER IS A NATURAL TO ANALYZE ALL-STAR GAME". Los Angeles Times. p. 4.
- CBS Intershow July 1992 (WANE-TV) on YouTube
- Stewart, Larry (July 10, 1992). "McDonough Takes Advice to the Bank". Los Angeles Times. p. 3.
- Pergament, Alan (July 11, 1992). "SHOW RECALLS BASEBALL IN B.G. (BEFORE GREED) ERA". Buffalo News.
- 1991 MLB All Star Game Part 1/3 on YouTube
- Frager, Ray (July 5, 1991). "Baseball's early days revisited HBO special offers much to see, hear". Baltimore Sun. p. 7C.
- 1991 MLB All Star Game Part 3/3 on YouTube
- 1990 All Star Game Open on YouTube
- Ruth, Daniel (July 10, 1990). "Buck stops here for CBS telecast of All-Star Game". Chicago Sun-Times. p. 31.
- Herbert, Steven (July 8, 1990). "TIM McCARVER: Analyst of the Stars". Los Angeles Times. p. 78.
- 1990 All-Star Game - AL 2, NL 0 - July 10, 1990 - CBS-TV - PART 3 on YouTube
- Hiestand, Michael (July 13, 1995). "Baseball's best pitch lacks marketing punch". USA Today. p. 3C.
- Martzke, Rudy (July 7, 1992). "NBC reconsiders schedule with Dream Team ratings". USA Today. p. 3C.
- Associated Press (July 25, 1993). "SPORTS PEOPLE: BROADCASTING; A Recuperating Visser Aims for NFL Opener". New York Times.
- 1989 All-Star Game Open on YouTube
- Jackson, Larry (July 7, 1989). "AN ALL-STAR INNING GOES DUTCH". Palm Beach Post. p. 2C.
- 1989 All-Star Game Pre-Game Open on YouTube
- 1988 MLB All-Star Game Open on YouTube
- Brennan, Patricia (July 10, 1988). "All-Star Baseball, News Specials, Summer Comedy". Washington Post.
- "ABC joins big leagues of baseball coverage". USA Today. July 12, 1988. p. 3C.
- Martzke, Rudy (July 11, 1988). "Two-time All-Star will analyze game for ABC". USA Today. p. 3E.
- 1987 MLB All Star Game @ Oakland on YouTube
- 1986 MLB All-Star Game Open on YouTube
- 1985 MLB All-Star Game Open on YouTube
- Henninger, Paul (July 13, 1985). "VIEWING SPORTS: THE BASEBALL CLOUD". Los Angeles Times. p. C10.
- McKee, Ken (July 17, 1985). "Broadcaster changes seat for 'real' view". Toronto Star. p. F10.
- 1985 MLB ASG on YouTube
- 1984 MLB All-Star Game Open on YouTube
- 1984 MLB Allstar Game on YouTube
- NBC Baseball All Star game intro for 1983 on YouTube
- "All-Stars in Booth Give Better Show Than Ones on Field". Los Angeles Times. July 7, 1983. p. F1.
- ABC MLB All Star Game Open 1982 on YouTube
- 8/9/81: 1981 All-Star Game @ Cleveland Stadium, Cleveland on YouTube
- Henniger, Paul (August 8, 1981). "THE ARTS/TELEVISION". Los Angeles Times. p. B3.
- 1980 MLB Allstar Game on YouTube
- "1975 All-Star Game". MLB.com. Retrieved 2010-10-10.
- "REVIEW: 45th MLB All-Star Game (1974)". KinescopeStealsHome. 14 July 2014.
- Adler, Dick (July 21, 1974). "Barbara Walters: doing double duty five days a week". Los Angeles Times. p. S2.
- Page, Don (July 17, 1971). "A Weighty Race for the Gold Cup". Los Angeles Times. p. A2.
- "Major League All-Stars To Play in Astrodome". Hartford Courant. July 7, 1968. p. 8G.
- "The 1965 All-Star Game Review". KinescopeStealsHome. 20 July 2010.
- Associated Press (July 10, 1960). "Pitching Choices Uncertain in All-Star". Hartford Courant. p. 4C.
- "Daytime major network sports telecasts on weekdays". Classic Sports TV and Media. 17 September 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
- Associated Press (July 12, 1955). "Crowd Of 45,000 Fans To See All-Star Game; National Is Favorite". Hartford Courant. p. 15.
- "Stengel Seeks First All-Star Victory". Los Angeles Times. July 11, 1954. p. B8.
- "Nationals Choice Today". Los Angeles Times. July 14, 1953. p. C1.
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- 1970 MLB ALL-STAR GAME (radio broadcast) on YouTube
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