Reading Gets 2012 EL All-Star Game

The last time that Eastern League All-Stars gathered in Reading, People magazine was four months old, Richard Nixon was a month away from resigning and Olivia Newton-John was at the top of the charts.

On July 22, 1974, the Eastern League All-Star Game was played in Reading, PA. The R-Phils were represented by infielder Fred Andrews, outfielder Rich Giallella, catcher Bill Nahorodny and pitchers Tom Underwood and Roy Thomas. It's too early to tell who will be representing the Reading Phillies in the 2012 All-Star Game, but the game will return to Reading; that was made official.

Eastern League President Joe McEachern and R-Phils GM Scott Hunsicker made the announcement in the team store at the newly renovated FirstEnergy Stadium.

An off-season project, costing $10 million, expanded the size and changed the look of the ballpark, but kept the cozy, authentic feel that is a staple of baseball in Reading. The R-Phils have been an affiliate of the Phillies since 1967, the longest affiliation in baseball.

"This is going to be a amazing event for the Greater Reading," announced Hunsicker. "The 2011 season will be remembered as the Re-Birth of America's Classic Ballpark and now, the 2012 season will be remembered as the All-Star year. We look forward to welcoming all of our Reading Phillies fans, as well as all fans across the Eastern League."

The festivities will include the annual Home Run Derby and autograph sessions on July 10 and the game on July 11. The 2012 Baseballtown All-Star Classic will feature the stars of the Eastern Division (Binghamton, New Britain, New Hampshire, Portland, Reading and Trenton) against the stars of the Western Division (Akron, Altoona, Bowie, Erie, Harrisburg and Richmond). Each team is comprised of 24 players, with every Eastern League team being represented by at least one pitcher and one position player. The teams will be selected through a combination of fan balloting and selections from managers, media and team personnel. The 2010 version of the game is being hosted by the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

FirstEnergy Stadium during the early stages of an off-season renovation.

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