1996 MLB All-Star Game Ticket Display
Primestar Satellite TV (1996)
The Phillies hosted the 1996 All-Star Game at Veterans Stadium 20 years ago today. It was a fun night that is best remembered as the last All-Star Game appearance of Hall Of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith, but the Wizard Of Oz was not the only highlight of this strange evening of baseball.
|1996 National League All-Star Team.|
|Chubby Checker danced with the Phanatic (Getty Images) and Kelsey Grammer sang the Anthem (Associated Press)|
|Joe Carter, Roberto Hernandez and Cal Ripken after the 1996 American League All-Star Team photo was taken.|
At this point in his career, Cal Ripken had already surpassed Lou Gehrig's record for the most consecutive games played, but he was still in the midst of his streak of playing in every game, dating back to May 30th, 1982. The Iron Man was at 2,239 consecutive games at the 1996 All-Star Break. Thankfully, the broken nose didn't put a stop to the streak. In fact, he didn't even miss the All-Star Game. He just popped his nose back into place and went on with his business. The dude was truly hardcore.
I would imagine there was no one more relieved by Ripken's quick recovery than Roberto Hernandez. The reliever, who would go on to play for the Phillies in 2004, came within an eyelash of being forever known as the man who tripped and fell and took The Streak with him.
I wasn't in Philadelphia for the 1996 All-Star Game. I watched it on television from my grandparents house in West Hazleton. However, I found the commemorative ticket in a thick plastic Primestar Satellite TV stand-up display case on sale at the Hometown Farmer's Market for ten bucks. The case also had this ticket stub from the Pinnacle All-Stat Fanfest hiding behind the game ticket. I don't generally collect ticket stubs for games that I haven't been to, but this one is the exception to the rule. Maybe I'll ask Ricky-Bo to sign it for me if he's ever doing an autograph session in the area.