You remember the 1970 All-Star Game, right? That's the year Pete Rose bulldozed Ray Fosse into the ground at Riverfront Stadium.
It's also the year Atlanta pitcher Steve Avery was born. Avery is not an All-Star this season, but he seems likely to be one someday.A new generation of stars is coming along to guide the game into the next century. And while the players have changed, some of the names are the same.
Ken Griffey Jr. is starting in the All-Star Game for the American League. Griffey was born in 1969, the year future Hall of Famers Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Willie McCovey, Johnny Bench, Ernie Banks, Roberto Clemente, Bob Gibson, Carl Yastrzemski, Frank Robinson, Harmon Killebrew and Brooks Robinson played in the All-Star Game at Washington's RFK Stadium.
Ken Griffey Sr.? He played in the 1976 and '80 All-Star Games. On July 8, 1980 at Los Angeles he hit a home run to spark the National League to a 4-2 victory.
"It doesn't seem like so much can happen in ten years," Griffey Sr. said. "I'm still playing and my son is starting in the All-Star Game."
"I probably won't realize it until I'm there," the younger Griffey said. "My objective was not to make the All-Star team but to play good baseball."
Cleveland catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. is the starting catcher for the AL and his brother, Roberto, is a member of the NL squad. Their father, Sandy, played in the majors from 1964-78.
Sandy was born in 1966 and Roberto two years later. Sandy Koufax started for the NL against Denny McLain in '66 and in '68, Cleveland's Jose Azcue was the starting catcher for the AL.
"I wasn't expecting to be an All-Star as a rookie," Alomar said. "It's even more special because my brother will be there, too."
The last time brothers were selected for the All-Star team in the same season was Jim and Gaylord Perry in 1970. The year before, Carlos and Lee May were chosen.
Bobby Bonds' first All-Star Game was in 1973 while a member of San Francisco and Pittsburgh's Barry Bonds was selected as an outfield reserve on Thursday.
"My father never pushed me," Bonds said. "I didn't make it a goal to be on the All-Star team but it's nice that I share that accomplishment with him."
Until this season, the only father-sons to be selcted for the All-Star squads were Gus and Buddy Bell and Ray and Bob Boone.
There may come a day when the All-Star festivities look like a father-son day on campus.
Danny Tartabull, Stan Javier, Todd and Mel Stottlemyre Jr., Todd Hundley, Jaime Roseboro, David Segui, Moises Alou, Brian McRae, Brant Alyea, Craig Repoz, Andy and Gary Mota, Doug Torborg, Don Buford, Mickey Rivers, Pete Rose Jr., Lee May and Jamie McAndrew all dream of being an All-Star someday. Nolan Ryan's oldest son is a pitcher and there is a third-generation Boone on the way, too.
Todd Stottlemyre has won nine games for Toronto this season, including one at Yankee Stadium where his father pitched for 10 seasons. Mel Stottlemyre started the 1969 All-Star Game and also pitched in the '66, '68 and '70 games.
"I remember in '69 when I started, Johnny Bench hit a home run in the second inning," Mel said. "I hope Todd or Mel (his other son) get to pitch in an All-Star game someday. At least they won't have to face Johnny Bench."
Bench, no. But each decade produces its own version of past stars.
Mike Schmidt was voted the All-Star starter at third base last season but didn't play because he retired in May. Cincinnati's Chris Sabo will start this season backed up by San Francisco slugger Matt Williams, who leads the NL with 66 RBIs.
"I almost got elected last year and I stunk," said Sabo, who hit .260 in 1989 with six homers and 29 RBIs. "It's a popularity contest. It doesn't mean you're the best by any means. It must mean a lot of people want to see you play."
Ozzie Smith of St. Louis is making his eighth straight start at shortstop for the NL and Wade Boggs of Boston his sixth consecutive start at third base for the AL. But just as Smith took over for Dave Concepcion and Boggs for George Brett, there are new stars on the horizon.