All-Star Game


Fifty years ago today, Tony Perez hit the game-winning home run in the 38th All-Star Game in Anaheim Stadium off Catfish Hunter for the National League's 2-1 victory on July 11, 1967.

Perez, 25, in his third full season with the Reds, was named the All-Star Game MVP.

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The Cincinnati Reds are calling the 2015 All-Star Game a big success, and they say they have the numbers to prove it. The team compiled a long list of statistics ranging from the number of people who voted for their favorite players to how much data fans used on their mobile devices.

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When Major League Baseball announced in 2013 that Cincinnati would host the All-Star Game, the Reds, the Community Organizing Committee, and the city went to work to make the experience the best possible for local fans and visitors alike.

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Count yourself lucky if you had a ticket to Tuesday night's All-Star Game. Right up until game time fans were wheeling and dealing.

Bill from Cincinnati, who didn't want to give his last name, just needed one ticket. He staked out  the northeast corner of Third and Main Streets and made contact with a local scalper. He told WVXU, "I've got a limit (but unfortunately) everybody else has a little bit higher limit." Bill's limit was $150.

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Seven adults are under indictment following the July 4 unrest on Fountain Square and subsequent beating of a man on Government Square. Four juveniles are also facing charges in the incident and police are looking for two suspects in the beating investigation.

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The Cincinnati Reds DJ will be working extra hard during Tuesday night's All-Star Game. Normally he only has to play walk-up music when the Reds are at-bat. But Tuesday he's charged with dialing up tunes for all the players.

Police, fire, and the Coast Guard are patrolling the Ohio River during the All-Star festivities at Great American Ball Park.

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Tens of thousands of visitors will be in Cincinnati for All-Star Game activities starting Friday.  Along with having fun, they'll be creating trash, but plans are in the works to recycle as much as possible.

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Some Cincinnati police officers will be working a lot this weekend and early next week as part of the All-Star festivities.  

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley is planning to speak at the twice-daily roll calls for officers at the beginning of their shifts.  

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Once every generation or so, Major League Baseball chooses Cincinnati to host its All-Star Game, the “mid-summer classic” that brings together the best players in one ball park.

When the first pitch is thrown Tuesday night from the Great American Ball Park mound by the National League starter, it will be the fifth time Cincinnati has hosted the All-Star Game since it began at Chicago’s Comiskey Park in 1933 and the first in the ball park that has been the Cincinnati Reds’ home since 2003.

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With so many tables of freshly printed t-shirts and hats how do fans make sure they are buying legitimate All-Star Game merchandise?

Ethan Orlinsky, Senior VP, Legal, Business & Club Affairs, Major League Baseball says, "...all licensed products must have a holographic sticker on them with a unique alphanumeric combination."

In addition:

Cincinnati police have set up a hotline you can call if you have information related to human trafficking. Police are paying extra attention to the issue with concerns trafficking could increase during the All-Star Weekend.

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Update: The one-hour performance by Cal Scruby has been canceled. Other planned performances will go ahead as scheduled. 

The concert series where violence broke out on Fountain Square last weekend is being canceled.

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Cincinnati leaders are driving home a singular message following Saturday's events on Fountain Square that ended with two police officers injured and seven arrests.

They say the city is safe.

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Cincinnati is hosting Major League Baseball's All-Star Game this month, and there's an enormous effort to make the region look as good as possible.  Millions of tourist dollars are at stake; and it's an opportunity the Reds, Cincinnati, and the region may not have again for a while. 

The Official Logo for the 86th Midsummer Classic is a nostalgic design with a pill box hat and handlebar mustache.  It also includes crossed bats representing a traditional baseball design and uses both red and black. 

Reds President and CEO Bob Castellini said in a release “Today’s logo unveiling is the first of many exciting things that will happen throughout Reds Country, as we prepare for the honor of hosting Major League