Hometown MVPs rare
ANAHEIM, Calif. — If Angels outfielder Torii Hunter can play a big game in front of his home fans at Tuesday night’s All-Star Game, he’ll have the chance to become just the third player to win MVP honors in his home stadium.
Boston’s Pedro Martinez earned the award by striking out five of the first six NL batters in a 4-1 win at Fenway Park in 1999. Two years earlier, Cleveland’s Sandy Alomar Jr. took home the hardware after his tiebreaking, two-run homer against Shawn Estes in the eighth inning of a 3-1 win at Jacobs Field.
In 1939 at Yankee Stadium, Joe DiMaggio powered the AL to a 3-1 win with his only home run in 11 career All-Star games. Hank Aaron homered at Atlanta’s Fulton County Stadium against Gaylord Perry in 1972, helping the NL win 4-3. Ted Williams hit two home runs at Fenway and had five RBIs to lead the AL to a 12-0 rout in 1946 — the second one on Rip Sewell’s famed “Eephus pitch.”