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Detroit gets 2005 MLB All-Star Game

Aug. 14, 2003 at 11:48 PM

NEW YORK, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Major League Baseball has awarded the 2005 All-Star Game to Comerica Park in Detroit.

The Motor City has not hosted the All-Star Game since 1971, when a mammoth home run by Reggie Jackson hit a light standard above the Tiger Stadium roof. Every team except the New York Mets, St. Louis, Arizona, Florida, and Tampa Bay has hosted an All-Star Game since then.

Eight teams have hosted two in that span, and Houston will join that club next year when the event comes to Minute Maid Park.

"Detroit was really a natural," said Commissioner Bud Selig. "It's been a long time. It's really been too long, but once we got the details worked out, it was easy. From what anybody in Detroit remembers about the All Star Game and the experience, this will be a tremendous event. This is one of the great baseball cities in America, and it's a privilege to bring it back here."

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