Progressive Field: Home of the 2019 MLB All-Star Game

Progressive Field: Home of the 2019 MLB All-Star Game

The MLB All-Star Game is coming back to Cleveland!

The Indians and Progressive Field will play host to the Midsummer Classic at newly renovated Progressive Field, giving the organization an opportunity showcase our revitalized city and incredible ballpark.

The Tribe and city of Cleveland last played host to the All-Star Game in 1997, when current first base coach Sandy Alomar Jr. hit a homer in his home park and was named the game's MVP. Sandy, Mike Hargrove (the manager of the 1997 AL team), Terry Francona and 2016 All-Star Game winner Corey Kluber were on hand for Friday's announcement.

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Cleveland All-Star History

Though it might come as a surprise, the Cleveland Indians have hosted the most All-Star games in Major League Baseball history, surpassing the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates. While the New York area has hosted nine and Chicago seven, both cities are also home to multiple franchises. Cleveland’s celebrated history of hosting All-Star games can be traced back to 1911, 22 years before the first All-Star game in Chicago.

1911
After star pitcher Addie Joss died of tuberculous meningitis, the baseball community rallied to raise money for his family. The result was a benefit game featuring the Cleveland Naps and an All-Star club of players from around the league. Hall of Famers Home Run Baker, Ty Cobb, Eddie Collins, Walter Johnson, and Tris Speaker all participated on the All-Star team. A crowd of 15,281 packed into League Park and watched the All-Stars defeat the Naps 5-3.

1935
After Chicago and New York hosted the first two official All-Star games, it was Cleveland’s turn. Boasting a new ballpark – Cleveland Municipal Stadium -- with a capacity of more than 70,000, the city was ready to host the game. Representing Cleveland on the AL All-Stars were Joe Vosmik (hitting leadoff and starting in right field), Mel Harder, and future hall of famer Earl Averill. Vosmik went 1-4 with a run, and Harder pitched one-hit ball over three innings for the save as the American League held on to a 4-1 lead to win. The recorded attendance was listed at 69,812. As of 2017 it is the second largest attendance at an All-Star game in baseball history.

1954
Less than 20 years later, the two leagues were back and ready to play the 21st midsummer classic.  Representing the Indians were Al Rosen, Bobby Avila, Larry Doby, Mike Garcia and Bob Lemon. The slugfest featured six combined home runs and 20 runs scored. Three of the six home runs were hit by Tribe batters (Rosen two, Doby one); in fact, it was the Cleveland players who carried the AL squad as they knocked in eight of the 11 runs. The attendance for the game was 69,751, which ranks as the third largest in All-Star Game history.

1963
Nine years later, the stars of the baseball world descended upon Cleveland once again. The 1963 All-Star game was the first time in a Cleveland-hosted game that the National League emerged victorious, 5-3.  Representing the Tribe was pitcher Mudcat Grant, who did not appear in the game. The game was attended by 44,160 fans.

1981
The second All-Star game to ever take place in August, the 1981 game was almost not played due to the 1981 strike. When an agreement was reached on July 31, the league was positioned for an Aug. 9 rescheduled All-Star game. Behind the eight-ball, and a Browns preseason game, the grounds crew was able to pull off the feat of field prep in time for the game. Any doubt that fans would not be interested in baseball were erased when 72,086 packed Municipal Stadium for the largest All-Star game in baseball history. Throwing out the first pitch was future President George H.W. Bush. Representing the Tribe were Len Barker and Bo Diaz, both first time All-Stars. The American League fell to the National League 5-4.

1997
The most recent time Cleveland played host was perhaps the most magical All-Star Game for Clevelanders. The Tribe was coming off two phenomenal seasons of 100 and 99 wins and hopes were high. Representing the home town were David Justice (voted as a starter), Sandy Alomar Jr. and Jim Thome.

Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the seventh, Alomar stepped to the plate with two down and a runner in scoring position. Facing a 2-2 count, Alomar drove a pitch into the left field bleachers for the deciding blow. After the game, he was named the All-Star MVP award.

2019
History is sure to be made once again when the Cleveland Indians host their sixth All-Star game in 2019!

Cleveland Indians All-Stars

Corey Kluber (2016)
Francisco Lindor (2016)
Danny Salazar (2016)
Jason Kipnis (2015)
Michael Brantley (2014)
Jason Kipnis (2013)
Justin Masterson (2013)
Asdrubal Cabrera (2012)
Chris Perez (2012)
Asdrubal Cabrera (2011)
Chris Perez (2011)
Roberto Hernandez (2010)
Victor Martinez (2009)
Cliff Lee (2008)
Grady Sizemore (2008)
Victor Martinez (2007)
CC Sabathia (2007)
Grady Sizemore (2007)
Grady Sizemore (2006)
Bob Wickman (2005)
Ronnie Belliard (2004)
Matt Lawton (2004)
Victor Martinez (2004)
CC Sabathia (2004)
Jake Westbrook (2004)
CC Sabathia (2003)
Omar Vizquel (2002)
Juan Gonzalez (2001)
Roberto Alomar (2001)
Roberto Alomar (2000)
Travis Fryman (2000)
Chuck Finley (2000)
Manny Ramirez (2000)
Jim Thome (1999)
Roberto Alomar (1999)
Kenny Lofton (1999)
Manny Ramirez (1999)
Charles Nagy (1999)
Omar Vizquel (1999)
Jim Thome (1998)
Kenny Lofton (1998)
Sandy Alomar (1998)
Bartolo Colon (1998)
Manny Ramirez (1998)
Omar Vizquel (1998)
Sandy Alomar (1997)
David Justice (1997)
Jim Thome (1997)
Charles Nagy (1996)
Albert Belle (1996)
Kenny Lofton (1996)
Sandy Alomar (1996)
Jose Mesa (1996)
Carlos Baerga (1995)
Albert Belle (1995)
Kenny Lofton (1995)

Dennis Martinez (1995)
Jose Mesa (1995)
Manny Ramirez (1995)
Albert Belle (1994)
Kenny Lofton (1994)
Carlos Baerga (1993)
Albert Belle (1993)
Sandy Alomar (1992)
Carlos Baerga (1992)
Charles Nagy (1992)
Sandy Alomar (1991)
Sandy Alomar (1990)
Brook Jacoby (1990)
Doug Jones (1990)
Doug Jones (1989)
Greg Swindell (1989)
Doug Jones (1988)
Pat Tabler (1987)
Brook Jacoby (1986)
Ken Schrom (1986)
Bert Blyleven (1985)
Andre Thornton (1984)
Manny Trillo (1983)
Rick Sutcliffe (1983)
Toby Harrah (1982)
Andre Thornton (1982)
Len Barker (1981)
Bo Diaz (1981)
Jorge Orta (1980)
Sid Monge (1979)
Jim Kern (1978)
Dennis Eckersley (1977)
Jim Kern (1977)
Dave LaRoche (1976)
George Hendrick (1975)
Gaylord Perry (1974)
George Hendrick (1974)
Buddy Bell (1973)
Gaylord Perry (1972)
Ray Fosse (1971)
Sam McDowell (1971)
Ray Fosse (1970)
Sam McDowell (1970)
Sam McDowell (1969)
Luis Tiant (1968)
Joe Azcue (1968)
Sam McDowell (1968)
Max Alvis (1967)
Steve Hargan (1967)
Gary Bell (1966)
Rocky Colavito (1966)
Sam McDowell (1966)
Sonny Siebert (1966)
Vic Davalillo (1965)
Rocky Colavito (1965)
Max Alvis (1965)

Sam McDowell (1965)
Jack Kralick (1964)
Mudcat Grant (1963)
Dick Donovan (1962)
John Romano (1962)
John Romano (1961)
Johnny Temple (1961)
Tito Francona (1961)
Barry Latman (1961)
Jim Perry (1961)
Gary Bell (1960)
Harvey Kuenn (1960)
Vic Power (1960)
Dick Stigman (1960)
Rocky Colavito (1959)
Cal McLish (1959)
Minnie Minoso (1959)
Vic Power (1959)
Ray Narleski (1958)
Mickey Vernon (1958)
Vic Wertz (1957)
Don Mossi (1957)
Early Wynn (1957)
Ray Narleski (1956)
Herb Score (1956)
Early Wynn (1956)
Bobby Avila (1955)
Larry Doby (1955)
Al Rosen (1955)
Herb Score (1955)
Al Smith (1955)
Early Wynn (1955)
Al Rosen (1954)
Bobby Avila (1954)
Larry Doby (1954)
Mike Garcia (1954)
Bob Lemon (1954)
Al Rosen (1953)
Larry Doby (1953)
Mike Garcia (1953)
Bob Lemon (1953)
Bobby Avila (1952)
Al Rosen (1952)
Dale Mitchell (1952)
Larry Doby (1952)
Mike Garcia (1952)
Jim Hegan (1952)
Bob Lemon (1952)
Larry Doby (1951)
Jim Hegan (1951)
Bob Lemon (1951)
Larry Doby (1950)
Bob Feller (1950)
Jim Hegan (1950)
Bob Lemon (1950)
Larry Doby (1949)

Joe Gordon (1949)
Jim Hegan (1949)
Bob Lemon (1949)
Dale Mitchell (1949)
Joe Gordon (1948)
Ken Keltner (1948)
Lou Boudreau (1948)
Bob Feller (1948)
Bob Lemon (1948)
Joe Gordon (1947)
Lou Boudreau (1947)
Bob Feller (1947)
Jim Hegan (1947)
Bob Feller (1946)
Frankie Hayes (1946)
Ken Keltner (1946)
Ken Keltner (1944)
Lou Boudreau (1944)
Roy Cullenbine (1944)
Oris Hockett (1944)
Ken Keltner (1943)
Jim Bagby (1943)
Lou Boudreau (1943)
Jeff Heath (1943)
Buddy Rosar (1943)
Al Smith (1943)
Ken Keltner (1942)
Lou Boudreau (1942)
Jim Bagby (1942)
Bob Feller (1941)
Jeff Heath (1941)
Lou Boudreau (1941)
Ken Keltner (1941)
Lou Boudreau (1940)
Bob Feller (1940)
Rollie Hemsley (1940)
Ken Keltner (1940)
Ray Mack (1940)
Al Milnar (1940)
Bob Feller (1939)
Rollie Hemsley (1939)
Earl Averill (1938)
Johnny Allen (1938)
Bob Feller (1938)
Earl Averill (1937)
Mel Harder (1937)
Earl Averill (1936)
Mel Harder (1936)
Joe Vosmik (1935)
Earl Averill (1935)
Mel Harder (1935)
Earl Averill (1934)
Mel Harder (1934)
Earl Averill (1933)
Wes Ferrell (1933)
Oral Hildebrand (1933)