One of the more
memorable of All Star Games took
place at Fenway Park July
13, 1999 at the
70th All-Star Game. On hand were
the candidates for the
All-Century Team as well as the
1999 All Stars. And since it was
staged on Boston’s home turf –
the center of attraction was
Theodore Francis Williams.
Four dollars ($3.80 plus 20
cents tax) was the charge at the
All-Star Game for a Footlong Dog
with fixings like onions,
peppers, diced tomatoes and
CHRIS ELIAS: A lot of the
National League stars got their
first look at the manual
scoreboard. Many came inside
for a closer view; some signed
ART DAVIDSON: Pre- game, the 50
greatest players and current All
Stars were lined up on the
CHARLIE PATTERSON: PA announcer
Sherm Feller said: " And now
ladies and gentlemen, boys and
girls, please direct your
attention to the doors in center
field and welcome the greatest
hitter of all time, THE KID, THE
THUMPER, THE SPLENDID SPLINTER,
TEDDY BALLGAME ------------
THEODORE SAMUEL WILLIAMS!!!!!!!"
ART DAVIDSON: As Ted came out in
a golf cart from center field to
the Fenway Park infield.
Spontaneously, players rushed
to embrace Ted. The 80-year-old
legend of legends, clad in a
blue shirt and tan pants, was
visibly moved. He brushed away
tears as he spoke to the players
Then Williams got set for the
ceremonial pitch to Carlton
Fisk. With San Diego’s Tony
Gwynn steadying him, he waved at
Fisk and lofted the ball 40 feet
into the glove of the Hall of
Fame catcher to cheers, shouts,
Wasn't it great!" a visibly
moved Williams said afterwards.
“It didn't surprise me all that
much because I know how these
fans are here in Boston. They
love this game as much as any
players and Boston's lucky to
have the faithful Red Sox fans.
They're the best."
LOU GORMAN: Ceremonies over, we
escorted Ted to a luxury box.
Through my Navy contacts I had
arranged for a Navy fighter
squad flyover over the top of
He wanted to meet the pilots.
“Look," I told them, just shake
his hand. He’s getting very
tired." But Ted invited them to
sit down, and they talked for
about ten minutes.
A Marine Corps contingent had
been down on the field. The very
young captain who was in charge
asked if some of his guys could
“Just meet him and shake his
hand and be brief,” I told the
Captain. He made them sit down
and talked for another ten
minutes. Ted said being a Major
League player was a great honor
and being a Hall of Famer was an
even greater honor. But the
greatest honor of his life was
to have the privilege of wearing
a Marine uniform.
The American League won the All
Star Game, 4-1. Pedro Martinez
thrilled the home town fans and
everyone else – striking out
the first three batters he faced
and a total of five in two
innings. He was the game MVP.
JOE CASTIGLIONE: Pedro is my
favorite all-time pitcher, the
best pitcher I’ve ever seen.
When Pedro pitched, it was an
event with Dominican flags
flying and all the excitement in
TOM CARRON: The entire All-Star
Game experience from the homerun
derby to Landsdowne Street --
throbbing with people trying to
get home runs balls as they came
over the Monster, to Ted
Williams being at the heart of
it all, to Pedro’s performance,
to the Sox taking over a parking
lot for the media hospitality,
using every nook and cranny,
having something going on
everywhere you would turn. . .
it was special.