2023 MLB All-Star Game: Which team has won the most All-Star games?
Over the last 92 years, the MLB All-Star Game has gone though periods of dominance that is pretty evenly divided between the two leagues
When the MLB All-Star Game was first conceived back in 1933, it was meant to be a one-time event. Originally part of the Chicago World’s Fair, the game proved so successful that it has become a staple in the baseball calendar.
The best players from around the MLB are chosen to make up two teams, an American League team and a National League team. So far, 92 contests have been held of these baseball stars.
Depending on your age, you will think of one or the other league as having the upper hand. The older generation will think of the American League as the dominant one, given that the contest was won by that squad all but four times between its inception and 1949.
The 1950 game saw a fundamental shift in the power center, with two generations growing up without seeing much competition out of the American League side. Between 1950 and 1987, the National League won 33 out of the 42 contests, with the 1961 game ending in that most unusual of baseball circumstances, a tie.
1988 saw another seismic shift, when the American League went on their own dominant run, winning all but seven of the games played in the intervening 34 years. 2002 saw another tie ball game, almost unheard of in regular season play, and 2020′s game was cancelled due to a delay in the covid-shortened season.
In the minds of those over 80 or under 40, the American League is far and away the top dog, while those between those two age groups will see the National League as the stronger group. The reality, perhaps surprising to both, is that the contest is very nearly even, with the American League leading the series 47-43-2 and outscoring their National League counterparts 381-374.
With the big power hitters like Arozarena, García, and Ohtani grouped up in the American League, it may seem that they will outscore the National League in 2023 as well, but the power is evenly distributed with Freeman, Acuña, Arenado, and Betts swinging big lumber over on that side.