When I was a kid, the National League won the All-Star Game every year. In the past couple of decades, it’s been dominated by the American League. A tad more dominance by the AL, however, can bring things into a state of equilibrium.
Going into tonight’s contest, the NL leads the series 43-42, with two ties. One tie you remember: 2002 and the famous Bud Selig shrug. The other occurred on July 31, 1961 at Fenway Park in Boston when the game was called at 1–1 after nine innings due to rain.
Streaks have been common. The American League won the first three All-Star Games. The NL won eight straight times, from 1963 through 1970. It won 11 in a row from 1972 through 1982. The American League is 16-3-1 in the last 20 Midsummer Classics.
If the Junior Circuit wins again tonight it’ll be 43-43-2. After which we will cancel the All-Star Game forever, give everyone participation trophies and call it a day.
Or not. No one ever asks me.