CINCINNATI (FOX19) - By Hope Bradford
Friday marks the start of the festivities leading up to the 86th annual All-Star Game on Tuesday July 14 at the Cincinnati Great American Ballpark.
The first All-Star Game was held in 1933 at Chicago's Comiskey Park. The tradition has continued every year since, with the exception of 1945. From the years 1959-1962, two games as opposed to one were held.
The National League has won 43 All-Star games while the American League has won 40 games. There have been two ties.
Chicago holds the record for the city who has hosted the most games (seven) while California holds the record for the state who has had held the most games (eleven).
The All-Star Game has been held in Cincinnati four times with the most recent time being in 1988. Overall, the state of Ohio has hosted the game nine times so far, with the over five games being in Cleveland.
The MLB started awarding the Most Valued Player (MVP) Award in 1962. The first two recipients that year were Maury Wills from the Los Angeles Dodgers and Leon Wagner from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Third baseman Todd Frazier has already been voted to play in Tuesday's game. Starting pitcher Johnny Cueto could potentially join him, but voting ends today at 4 p.m.
If either man were to win the MVP Award, the Cincinnati Reds would be tied with the Baltimore Orioles for having the most players (six) to receive the MVP Award. The other five Cincinnati Reds MVPs were third baseman Tony Perez, second baseman Joe Morgan, left fielder George Foster, right fielder Ken Griffey Sr., and shortstop Dave Concerpción.