People: Jul. 23, 2001


TV ratings for the All-Star game were up 9% this year, and it's no wonder. CAL RIPKEN JR., America's official icon of staying power, provided enough heart-tugging drama for a Billy Crystal TV movie by crushing a home run in his final bow at an All-Star game. Grown men wept as the room-service fastball, served up by Chan Ho Park, landed beyond the left-field fence. For comic relief, TOMMY LASORDA took a flying baseball bat off his hip while coaching third base, wobbled over and popped right back up like the giant, adorable Weeble he...

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