Posted: Wednesday February 9, 2005 5:55PM; Updated: Wednesday February 9, 2005 5:55PM
SAN FRANCISCO (Ticker) -- Continuing his promise to showcase the new ballparks, commissioner Bud Selig awarded the 2007 All-Star Game to San Francisco's SBC Park.
Since the Giants moved to San Francisco after the 1957 season, the team hosted the All-Star Game twice at Candlestick Park -- in 1961 and 1984.
SBC Park, formerly known as Pacific Bell Park, was opened in 2000. In only five years of existence, the ballpark nestled on the banks of McCovey Cove, has been the site of numerous milestone home runs by Barry Bonds.
This year's All-Star Game is scheduled for July 12 at Detroit's Comerica Park.
In 2006, Pittsburgh's PNC Park will host the event. With the game at San Francisco in 2007, it will mark the first time since the early 1950s that one league hosts the All-Star Game in consecutive seasons.
Bonds set a single-season record with his 71st and 72nd homers in an October 5 game here against Los Angeles. He also hit career homers 600, 660, 661 and 700 here. No. 661 allowed Bonds to pass his godfather Willie Mays and move into third place on the all-time list behind Babe Ruth (714) and Hank Aaron (755).