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A star system or stellar system is a small number of stars which orbit each other. A large number of stars bound by some commonality can be called a star cluster or galaxy or an industry, This cosmic baseball game integrates the astronomical star system concept with the star system developed in the United States' commercial film production business, euphemistically referred to as "Hollywood."


It is difficult to appreciate how important the sky overhead was to our ancestors. In an age of artificial light, the night sky has vanished for most city dwellers. Amateur astronomers travel hundreds of miles to find a location dark enough to reveal the wonders of the heavens. For our ancestors, the sky represented the chief means of telling time, of navigation, of knowing when to start planting crops. The sky was a practical tool of survival and they developed sophisticated tools for measuring the subtle changes from season to season, from month to month, and even from day to day. (Source:

Because the planets wander relatively quickly in the sky, humans were likely able to differentiate them from the more fixed stars. What made objects important in the sky was determined by their brightness and their movement. For the early sky watchers significant stars were the bright stars.

When you look at the night sky, you see several stars, some of which are bright and others faint. A star could be faint either because it is inherently less luminous, OR because it is really far away from us. (Source:

When the human animal created a tool to bring distant objects closer (c.1608), a significant new stage in star watching began. A planetary scientist points out that the word "telescope" also means "to make or become shorter, compress or become compressed forcibly so as to occupy less space and time. In this other sense of the word, this new invention effectively telescoped our human egos, condensing our sense of ourselves into a much smaller space. " (see the book Venus Revealed by David Harry Grinspoon)

The names of the actors performing in the early movies were not known and usually did not appear on the film's credits. The Motion Picture Patents Company [formed in 1908] frowned on star promotion...The main catalyst for change was the public's desire to know the actors' names. Film audiences repeatedly recognized certain performers in movies that they liked. The taxonomy of movie stars can be as detailed as the organization of the celestial stars. In 1959 Vance Packard identified four levels of Hollywood stars. The first level consisted of directors, producers, and well-known columnists. Secondary stars included composers, writers, top cameramen and set designers. Third level entities in this constellation of stars include editors top electricians and special effects personnel. "Anyone giving a party in Hollywood...draws the guests from his social level." (see the book The Status Seekers by Vance Packard)


the brightest star in the constellation Cygnus (the swan); Deneb is also referred to as alpha Cygni, and is the tail of the swan.
the brightest star in the constellation Orion and one of the brightest stars in the sky. It is a blue (very hot) supergiant
Polaris (alpha UMi) is the current pole star for the Northern Hemisphere; it is 1 degree from the exact Northern celestial pole. It is the larger star at the end of the handle of the Little Dipper (Ursa Minor). Polaris is also called the Lodestar or the Cynosure.
Alnitak (Zeta Orionis) is a star at the eastern end of the Orion's belt (in the constellation Orion).
(Alpha Scorpii) Antares (meaning "Rival of Mars") is the brightest star in Scorpius, one of the constellations in the zodiac.
Betelgeuse (alpha Orionis) is the second-brightest star in the constellation Orion and one of the brightest stars in the sky.
Canopus (Alpha Carinae) is the brightest star in the southern constellation of Carina and Argo Navis, and the second brightest star in the night-time sky, after Sirius.
Ursa Major
Ursa Major (Latin: "Larger Bear"), also known as the Great Bear, is a constellation of stars.
Sirius (meaning "scorching" in Greek), also known as the dog star, is the brightest star in the sky (except for the sun). It is in the constellation Canis Major (The Great Dog).
James Dean
James Byron Dean (February 8, 1931 – September 30, 1955) was an American film actor. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Dean the 18th best male movie star.
Brigitte Bardot
Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot (born 28 September 1934) is a former French fashion model, actress, singer and animal rights activist.
Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren, (born Sofia Villani Scicolone; 20 September 1934) is an Italian actress.
Gregory Peck
Eldred Gregory Peck (April 5, 1916 – June 12, 2003) was an American actor and one of the world's most popular film stars from the 1940s to the 1960s.
Jack Nicholson
John Joseph "Jack" Nicholson (born April 22, 1937) is an American actor, film director, producer, and writer.
Cary Grant
Archibald Alexander Leach (January 18, 1904 – November 29, 1986), was a British American actor. He was named the second Greatest Male Star of All Time by the American Film Institute.
Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan (born July 2, 1986) is an American actress, recording artist, and model.
Clark Gable
William Clark Gable (February 1, 1901 – November 16, 1960) (nicknamed 'The King of Hollywood.') was an American film actor. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Gable seventh among the greatest male stars of all time.
Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando, Jr. (April 3, 1924 – July 1, 2004) was an American screen and stage actor. Ranked by the American Film Institute as the fourth greatest screen legend among male movie stars.




Game Date July 10, 2012
Game Time 3 hours 7 minutes
Weather 810
Windy: 15mph from West
Umpires Doug Bower
Joseph Mulholland
Parameswari Thiyagarajah
Official Scorer Hank Aaron
Game MCP Betelgeuse

In Major League Baseball, the concept of an All-Star Game (first played July 6, 1933 in Comiskey Park) has been controversial on several accounts. Meaningfulness was one concern. Until the 2003 All-Star Game, the winning league got nothing but bragging rights for winning the game. In 2003 World Series Home Field Advantage was the award for winning the All-Star Game victory. This decision to make the All-Star Game more meaningful is itself controversial.

Baseball had a round-hole problem and tried to fix it with a square peg. We are now 10 years into one of the most awkward mismatches in sports — like flip-flops and swim trunks on the bottom with a suit jacket and tie on top. The All-Star Game is either a showcase that helps decide history or it’s game one of the World Series going to the American League in large part because players from the third-place team in the NL East committed four errors (which happened in 2008)...Interleague records would be a much more logical way to decide home-field advantage in the World Series, but if you want to make the All-Star Game count, fine. Just tell managers that the best players should play. Read more here: (

The first two Midsummer Classic teams were chosen by baseball field managers and baseball fans. That created controversy so from 1935-1946 only field managers selected the teams. During the next ten years, All-Star team starters were selected by fans and the pitchers and the rest of the players were chosen by the managers. The fans were again taken out of the selection process from 1958 until 1970 when the fans were again allowed to pick the game starters. (see The Baseball Almanac for more information).

The original idea for a baseball All-Star Game did not come from the baseball players, or managers or the baseball commissioner; it was the idea of a Chicago newspaper sports editor.


    Inn. 1:    ALLSTARS1
[Starter] Brando
Deneb             2B         . X .
Rigel             4-3        X . .
Polaris           3-4 SQZ    . . . 1
Alnitak           6-3        . . .
     Inn. 1:    ALLSTARS2
[Starter] Sirius
Dean              8          . . .
Bardot            6          . . .
Loren             K          . . .
     Inn. 2:    ALLSTARS1
Antares           BB         . . X
Betelgeuse        5-4 F      . . X
*SB:Betelgeuse    SB         . X .
Canopus           3-1        X . .
UrsaMajor         1B         . . X 1
Sirius            6-3        . X .
     Inn. 2:    ALLSTARS2
Peck              7          . . .
Nicholson         1B         . . X
Grant             5-4 F      . . X
X@2:Grant         CS 2-6     . . .
     Inn. 3:    ALLSTARS1
Deneb             1B         . . X
Rigel             6-4 F      . . X
Polaris           6UN F      . . X
Alnitak           5          . . X
     Inn. 3:    ALLSTARS2
Lohan             3UN        . . .
Gable             BB         . . X
Brando            2          . . X
*SB:Gable         SB         . X .
Dean              BB         . X X
Bardot            5UN F      . X X
     Inn. 4:    ALLSTARS1
Antares           7          . . .
Betelgeuse        6-3        . . .
Canopus           4-3        . . .
     Inn. 4:    ALLSTARS2
Loren             1B         . . X
*SB:Loren         SB         . X .
Peck              5-3        . X .
Nicholson         8          . X .
Grant             8          . X .
     Inn. 5:    ALLSTARS1
UrsaMajor         8          . . .
Sirius            BB         . . X
Deneb             6-4 F      . . X
Rigel             K          . . X
     Inn. 5:    ALLSTARS2
Lohan             4-3        . . .
Gable             1B         . . X
Brando            3-1 SAC    . X .
Dean              6-3        . X .
     Inn. 6:    ALLSTARS1
Polaris           4-3        . . .
Alnitak           BB         . . X
*SB:Alnitak       SB         . X .
Antares           5-3        . X .
Betelgeuse        8          . X .
     Inn. 6:    ALLSTARS2
Bardot            1B         . . X
Loren             BB         . X X
Peck              6-4-3 DP   X . .
Nicholson         BB         X . X
Grant             4-6 F      . . X
     Inn. 7:    ALLSTARS1
Canopus           3UN        . . .
UrsaMajor         3-1        . . .
Sirius            8          . . .
     Inn. 7:    ALLSTARS2
Lohan             3UN        . . .
Gable             1B         . . X
Brando            3-1 SAC    . X .
Dean              4-3        X . .
     Inn. 8:    ALLSTARS1
Deneb             8          . . .
Rigel             4-3        . . .
Polaris           5-3        . . .
     Inn. 8:    ALLSTARS2
Bardot            6-3        . . .
Loren             8          . . .
Peck              7          . . .
     Inn. 9:    ALLSTARS1
Alnitak           6-3        . . .
Antares           5          . . .
Betelgeuse        5-3        . . .
     Inn. 9:    ALLSTARS2
Nicholson         1B         . . X
                  WP         . X .
Grant             1B         X . X
Lohan             K          X . X
Gable             8 SACF     . . X 1
Brando            BB         . X X
Dean              4UN F      X . X


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