The Texas League has officially announced that the Tulsa Drillers
will host the 2012 U.S. Cellular Texas League All-Star Game at ONEOK Field
. The game will feature the North Division All-Stars versus the South Division All-Stars and will be played on Thursday, June 28.
"We are excited to have the opportunity to host the Texas League's marquee event next summer," said General Manager Mike Melega. "We think downtown Tulsa and ONEOK Field will provide the perfect settings for this great game."
The official logo for the game features a Drillers "T" attached to an iconic oil derrick that recalls Tulsa's days as the "Oil Capital of the World" and as a longtime member of the historic Texas League.
The very first TL All-Star Game was played in 1936, and Tulsa has hosted the event on five previous occasions. The city was the host site in 1962, 1981, 1982, 1990 and 1999.
Other activities are planned for the night of the game, including a pair of pre-game home run hitting contests. One will feature the TL's top hitters, while another will highlight some of the area's top high school sluggers.
The night will conclude with a post-game fireworks display.
Drillers Season Ticket holders will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets for the game. Tickets to the general public will go on sale later this year and will range in price from $6 to $16.
A number of current and past major league stars have played in Texas League All-Star Games. This list includes: Alex Gordon, Troy Tulowitzki, Hunter Pence, Paul Konerko, Ubaldo Jimenez, Colby Rasmus and Johnny Damon, plus Hall of Famers Dennis Eckersley, Joe Morgan, Willie McCovey and Dizzy Dean.