Baseball fans can watch the 86th Major League All-Star Game live online Tuesday, when the National League stars battle the American League stars with home field advantage in the World Series at stake, as it has been since 2003. The AL starting lineup includes three members of last year’s league champion, Kansas City Royals — but for the first time in the 86 All-Star games, the AL starting lineup will not include a single member of either the Boston Red Sox or New York Yankees.
To find out how to watch the 86th Major League Baseball All-Star Game live online, see the streaming link at the bottom of this article. The game gets underway at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, July 14, at Great American Ballpark, home park of the Cincinatti Reds, but coverage goes live online at 7 p.m — 4 p.m. Pacific Time.
The last time Cincinnati hosted an All-Star Game came in 1988, when the game was played at the now-demolished Riverfront Stadium. Cincinatti hosted the sixth All-Star Game ever played, as well, back in 1938 at the old Crosley Field.
The starting pitchers in that game were the Yankees’ Lefty Gomez for the American League, and the Reds own Johnny Vander Meer for the NL. The young Vander Meer had certainly earned it. Less than a month before the July 6 All-Star Game, Vander Meer became the first and — even now, 77 baseball seasons later — only pitcher to throw back-to-back no-hitters.
This year’s National League starter, the Dodgers’ Zack Greinke, doesn’t have any such miraculous feats on his record, but he has not allowed a run in a remarkable 35 and two-thirds straight innings, and leads all big league pitchers with a microscopic 1.39 ERA.
Taking the hill for the American League, Dallas Keuchel (pictured) of the Houston Astros — a team that until just three years ago, was in the National League.
Though Tuesday’s All-Star Game will be the 86th, the game has been played for only 82 years, with the first one played in 1933 at Chicago’s Comiskey Park. For four seasons, from 1959 to 1962, Major League Baseball played not one but two games, turning the Midsummer Classic into a series.
One of those game, the second game in 1961, played on July 31 at Boston’s Fenway Park, ended at 1-1, the first of only two tie games in All-Star history. The second tie came in 2002, after an 11-inning affair at Milwaukee’s Miller Park.
In 1945, due to issues caused by the country’s fight in World War II, there was no All-Star Game played at all.
To watch the 86th Major League Baseball All-Star Game live online, use the streaming link provide by Fox Sports Go, available by clicking here.
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