I have been to three baseball All-Star games (the two at Veterans Stadium in 1976 and 1996; 1990 at Wrigley Field), and my favorite memory is from the first one. Actually, it is from before the first one.
We had seats in the first couple of rows of the 600 level in left-center field. I had never sat that far from home plate and my buddy and I were in the seats as early as possible because we were looking forward to batting practice almost as much as the game.
We were not disappointed.
The NL team was loaded with power – Greg Luzinski … Johnny Bench … and two guys who became favorites of mine based strictly on the dozen or swings they took pregame on July 13, 1976.