This was his second all-star game, back when he was still young, many years before he would have anything to do with the month of October. The first great moment of Reggie Jackson's career came in July.
He whipped around on a pitch from Dock Ellis in the 1971 All-Star Game and sent a blast high into the Detroit evening, a shot that would have cleared the double-decked stands in Tiger Stadium's right field were it not for a light tower on the stadium's roof. In what has become the most colossal of all-star home runs, Jackson's ball traveled an estimated 540 feet before clanking into the light stand and dropping to the field.
Of the three all-star games played in Detroit, his blast is the most memorable moment. But the 1971 contest also featured six home runs by future Hall of Famers -- Jackson, Johnny Bench, Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson, Harmon Killebrew and Roberto Clemente.
In 1941 Ted Williams hit the all-star game's first game-ending home run, when he capped a four-run American League comeback with a two-out, three-run-shot off the upper deck in right field off Claude Passeau for a 7-5 victory.
Ten years later, Stan Musial, Gil Hodges and Ralph Kiner all hit home runs for the National League in a 9-3 victory.
-- Les Carpenter