Home­town MVPs rare

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

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.”

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