One of the marker times at Fenway Park not ony
of that season, but the entire decade took
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 giardineira.
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
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
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, and applause.
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 the ballpark.
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 meet Ted.
“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