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Swan Song- Yankee Stadium to host the 2008 All-Star game

The house that Ruth built will play host to the mid-summer classic one last time.

NEW YORK – Yankee Stadium is going out with an All-Star salute. The beloved old ballpark will host the All-Star game in 2008, the final season before the
New York Yankees move into a new stadium being built across the street in the Bronx.

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg were on hand Wednesday at City Hall for the announcement, which had been expected.

It will be the fourth All-Star game at Yankee Stadium, which underwent an extensive renovation in the mid-1970s. The most recent summer showcase in The House That Ruth Built was in 1977, when the National League won 7-5 for the sixth of 11 consecutive victories over the AL.


Yankee Stadium also was the site of All-Star games in 1939 and 1960.

I got a question. Why didn’t Shea Stadium get the all-star game? Shea only played host to the game once, in 1964, and is also planned to be replaced by Citi Field in 2009. There have been parks that have hosted the game twice since 1964.

Shea Stadium, the Rodney Dangerfield of MLB. No respect I tell you.

Note- I grew up on Long Island and been a lifetime Met fan. The first time I attended a game at Shea was in 1967.

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