Fenway Park was chosen as host because the owners at the time were planning to build a New Fenway Park in a few years but were unable to get the project off the ground in time for the game. This All-Star Game is particularly notable as it featured the nominees for the All-Century Team as well as Ted Williams.
In two innings, AL starting pitcher Pedro Martinez struck out the first four batters of the National League, becoming the first pitcher in history to begin the All-Star Game striking out the side. In all he struck out five of the six batters he faced, earning him Game MVP honors, becoming the first player in All-Star Game history to be named MVP as a member of the host team. The game resulted in a win for the American League by the final score of 4-1.
This All-Star Game was originally to be awarded to the Milwaukee Brewers, to be played at Miller Park. However, the Brewers' move to the National League led then-Major League Baseball CEO Paul Beeston in 1997 to ask the Boston Red Sox to host this game. The Red Sox agreed to host this game; Miller Park would not open until 2001; by then, their former owner, Commissioner Bud Selig, had awarded the Brewers the 2002 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, which they hosted.