Cincinnati mayor flashes back to special 1988 All-Star Game

Cincinnati mayor flashes back to special 1988 All-Star Game

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The last time Major League Baseball used Cincinnati as the host city for the All-Star Game was 27 years ago in 1988.

At the time, Mayor John Cranley was 14-years old and was working a summer job for his father.

"My dad had one ticket to the game.  We spent the week excited that he got to go to the game," said Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley. "I was a huge baseball fan at the time, and I was 14.  It was like a kid's dream to go to the All-Star Game."

As a teenager that summer, Cranley spent time working with his dad.  A long day on the job turned that kid's dream into a reality.

"It was the first time I had been to the stadium by myself.  My dad gave up his own ticket so I could go.  It was one of those great childhood father-son memories," Cranley said.

That year, playing in front of a home crowd, Barry Larkin, Chris Sabo and Danny Jackson wrote the next chapter in the storied history of Cincinnati Reds baseball in the game at Riverfront Stadium.

"It was electric to be able to feel the excitement of the stadium.  I was up in the red seats above home plate - pretty far up.  Pretty far up in the sky. But it was worth every minute of it," Cranley told FOX19 NOW.

Cranley's ticket stub and program from the game didn't withstand the test of time.  But, his experience did.

On Tuesday, 27-years later, Cranley is headed back to the All-Star Game.  This time, it's a family affair.

"He gave me his one ticket in '88.  Now we get to go as a family.  I get to be mayor of the greatest city on earth and show off the city with the All-Star Game.  It's a pretty special week," Cranley said.
The mayor told FOX19 NOW that not only will he be with his father, but his mother, brother and wife are all coming along.  His 6-year old son won't be attending, but he will take part in the red carpet parade through downtown before the game.

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