Colorado Rockies history: Denver hosts the 1998 All-Star Game

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DENVER – JULY 7: Larry Walker #33 of the National League bats during the MLB All-Star Game at Coors Field on July 7, 1998 in Denver, Colorado. The American League defeated the National League 13-8. (Photo by: Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

First Pitch

The first pitch for the game was thrown out by 12-year-old Elias Kurt, the first, and so-far only, non-celebrity to have the honor.

Broadcasting Notes

The game was televised on NBC with Bob Costas and Joe Morgan. NBC did their final All-Star Game in 2000 and after that season, the All-Star Game has exclusively been on FOX.

On radio, ESPN Radio was broadcasting their first All-Star Game ever (it was the first year that ESPN Radio had done baseball as through the 1997 season, CBS Radio had the rights to the All-Star Game, all postseason games, and regular season games on Saturday. Broadcasting the game for ESPN Radio was Charley Steiner and Kevin Kennedy (ironically, both of them are broadcasters for the Dodgers now).

The start of the game

The American League scattered four hits and two walks in the first three innings off starter Greg Maddux and fellow Braves starter Tom Glavine but they did not score.

In the first two innings for the NL, the only batter to reach was Barry Bonds in the second inning on a walk but he was retired when Chipper Jones hit into a double play.

The first scoring came in the bottom of the third inning. The hometown hero, Larry Walker, led of the inning with a seven-pitch walk and former Rockie Walt Weiss had a single. Two batters later, Craig Biggio was hit by a pitch from Roger Clemens, who had just come on in relief at the top of the inning. Tony Gwynn followed with a two-run single to make it a 2-0 National League lead but Clemens retired Mark McGwire and Bonds to end the inning.

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