Greatest Moments in All-Star Game History

Baseball's top players face off against each other in Anaheim at tonight's All-Star Game. At stake: home-field advantage for the World Series, and pride--the National League hasn't won since 1996.

Before tonight's game, take a look back at some of the Midseason Classic's greatest past moments. Bleacher Report counts down five, including Pete Rose's controversial home plate collision in 1970:

It was the bottom of the twelfth inning with the American League and National League tied at four.  Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds) was standing at second base with two outs. Jim Hickman (Chicago Cubs) smashed a single into centerfield.  Rose ran around third base and headed for the plate.  The throw to American League catcher Ray Fosse (Cleveland Indians) had beaten Rose to the plate. 

Pete Rose lowered his shoulder and slammed Ray Fosse in a violent bodily collision causing the catcher to drop the ball. Rose was safe and the National League won a 5-4 victory.  Sadly for Ray Fosse, he fractured his shoulder in the collision with Rose and his playing career would never be the same. 

Pete Rose was widely criticized for colliding with Fosse.  Although the play was legal, the fact this maneuver was attempted in an All Star Game was very controversial.


The brutal moment is missing from CBSSports.com's list, which chronologically highlights the game's more positive moments of glory:

Catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. made the most of his first All-Star Game appearance in five seasons and only at-bat of the contest. The Indians slugger belted a game-deciding homer off Shawn Estes in the seventh inning in front of a thrilled home crowd.

Read the full stories at Bleacher Report and CBSSports.com.

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Kevin Fallon is a reporter for the Daily Beast. He's a former entertainment editor at TheWeek.com and former writer and producer for The Atlantic's entertainment channel.

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