Take me out to the ball game …

2016 All-Star Game 

You know it’s really summer when the Major League Baseball All-Star Game rolls around! This year’s game – the 87th edition – takes place on Tuesday, July 12 at Petco Park in San Diego. In addition to the game between the stars of the American League versus the stars of the National League, we’ll be treated to the ever-popular Home Run Derby. 

The All-Star Game originated in 1933, when the first game was played at Comiskey Park in Chicago. The American League won 4-2, with Babe Ruth hitting a two-run home run; playing alongside Ruth were his Yankees teammates pitcher Lefty Gomez and first baseman Lou Gehrig. Out of the 36 players, 20 ended up in the Hall of Fame – making it a REAL All-Star Game! 

The 1933 game was supposed to have been a one-off event, both to coincide with the World’s Fair in Chicago and to promote baseball at the height of the Great Depression. It proved so popular, however, that it became an annual event. 

The current “champions” are the American League, which defeated the National League 6-3 in Cincinnati in 2015. In recent years, the game has become more than just a chance for fans to see all the great stars from across Major League Baseball … because the winning league also wins the right to home field advantage in that year’s World Series.   

America’s First True Baseball Coins … and First CURVED Coins! 

Along with hot dogs and apple pie, baseball is a quintessential part of the American experience – so it seemed perfectly logical in 2014 when the U.S. Mint announced that it would issue the first “baseball” coins to mark the 75th anniversary of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. 

What nobody expected was that the coins would be revolutionary! In fact, they were the first curved coins in U.S. history. The Half Dollar, Dollar, and $5 gold coin featured the same designs: The obverse (concave side) is curved in the shape of a baseball glove as it prepares to catch a baseball, while the reverse (convex side) is curved to represent a baseball. 

The coins were struck using innovative technology, and they were made in strictly limited editions. Today, two years later, they can be hard to find – especially in perfect Brilliant Uncirculated MS-70 and Proof PR-70 condition. 

So … enjoy the All-Star Game and we hope you don’t strike out in your quest for the first curved baseball coins. “Play ball”!

 

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