I won't be watching tonight's Home Run Derby- instead, I will be at a Boise Hawks game. It won't be the first one I have missed and to be honest, I'm not all that torn up about it, either. There was one event in the past, however, that I missed and still wish I had seen.
The 1985 MLB All-Star game featured a Home Run Derby with Dale Murphy as a contestant. And of course I missed the only one to feature my childhood hero! Held at Minneapolis' Metro Dome, the first All-Star home run derby saw the Junior Circuit defeat the Senior Circuit 17 bombs to 16 dingers. The Reds' Dave Parker led all hitters with 6 jacks, followed by Murph and 4 AL hitters, all of whom blasted 4 over the fence.