Today in Tribe History: July 8, 1997

1997Sandy Alomar plays hometown and All-Star Game hero, as his two-run home run off of Shawn Estes in the bottom of the seventh inning scores the deciding runs and earns him MVP honors in a 3-1 victory for the American League at Jacobs Field.

Alomar had been on a tear at the plate, taking an active 30-game hitting streak into the Midsummer Classic, hosted in Cleveland for the first time since 1981. Alomar, selected as a reserve catcher behind Ivan Rodriguez, stepped to the plate for his first at bat of the game in the seventh against San Francisco’s Estes. With Bernie Williams on second base after a one-out walk and a wild pitch, Alomar sent the 2-2 pitch from the Giants left-hander into the bleacher seats over the wall in left to break a 1-1 tie. That score would remain and Alomar would be tabbed as the game’s Most Valuable Player.

Alomar, who was hitting .375 entering the exhibition, was joined on the AL roster by teammates Jim Thome, Albert Belle, and David Justice, as well as by his brother, Roberto Alomar, who started at second base for the squad.

MVP Alomar - David I Andersen/The Plain DealerPhoto: David I. Andersen/The Plain Dealer

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