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From the Archives: 1992 All-Star Game at San Diego Jack Murphy was a hit

Thirty years ago San Diego hosted the 63rd Major League All-Star Game, a 13-6 AL victory. San Diego native Ted Williams threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

From The San Diego Union-Tribune, Wednesday, July 15, 1992:

Game an all-star spectacle on and off the field

By JIM OKERBLOM and FRANK GREEN, Staff Writers

America’s love affair with baseball overcame recession, unemployment and even sweltering heat as tens of thousands of die-hard fans cheered on the game’s best and spent money at last night’s All-Star Game.

A crowd of 59,372 watched the American League crush the Nationals, 13-6.

Marvin Dupre adjusts the television as Sheila Dupre (cathedral), Robert Bodie and a friend watch the 1992 All-Star Game from their “upper deck” near San Diego’s Jack Murphy Stadium.

(Charles Starr / The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Current Padres and former Padres received thunderous applause and cheers when they were introduced through the announce system. The Padres were represented by five current and seven former players, and the mostly San Diegan crowd remained raucous despite the near split from the American League.

What went on between the foul lines, however, often seemed secondary to the surrounding spectacle.

Crowds began to arrive as San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium opened at 9am. and spent the day celebrating the match under a punishing sun without serious incident.

“Almost all the arrests I’ve seen have involved ticket laundering,” said San Diego Police Officer Peter Gaugher. “It was very, very calm.”

Goger said the biggest problem for fans was finding parking.

The parking lot was temporarily closed for the arrival of President Bush whose motorcade, escorted by secret agents in three helicopters, arrived at 4:40 p.m. to cheers from a small crowd and also an impromptu salute from fans riding Oscar Meyer Weiner Whistles. It was not clear whether this boded ill or well for his campaign.

“Oh, that’s bad—to the president?” said Janice Evans of Escondido.

Adding to the surreal quality of the evening were dozens of Secret Service agents stationed at several stadium entrances. They stood out in suits and ties and walkie-talkies.

Bush may have wished at times that he had stayed in the Oval Office and watched the race on television. As he escorted former baseball great Ted Williams, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch, onto the field, Bush was met with loud boos from the sun-soaked crowd.

Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari arrived nearly an hour after Bush, shortly before game time.

A group of Mexican-Americans, most of them from San Diego, practiced before the game to a chant for him complete with signs that said his name on one side and Mexico on the other. They pointed out that they were Americans who support their home country’s leader and the proposed free trade agreement between the two countries.

“Sometimes you need both countries to come together and make something strong,” said Mario Aramas of San Diego.

However, one factor that still dogged Bush, the lingering recession, was nowhere to be seen.

“What? I just lost $100,” said Bob Elliott of Ashland, Ore., as he paid for All-Star T-shirts and other memorabilia before the game. “There’s no recession.”

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