MLB Cancels All-Star Game for First Time Since 1945; L.A. Dodgers Awarded 2022 Game

General view of the field at Los Angeles Dodgers Field July 03, 2020 - Getty-H 2020
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The league announced the cancellation Friday, citing the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Dodger Stadium's 40-year wait to host the All-Star Game is going to last even longer.

The game scheduled for July 14 was canceled Friday because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, and L.A.'s Dodger Stadium was awarded the 2022 Midsummer Classic.

The 2021 game is set for Atlanta's Truist Park, home to the Braves since 2017. Because of the pandemic, opening day has been delayed from March 26 to July 23 or 24.

This will be the first time since 1945 that no game will be held. Travel restrictions because of World War II kept the game scheduled for Boston's Fenway Park and any player selections from taking place that year. It was pushed back to the next season.

The Dodgers hosted the only the Mid-Summer Classic in Dodger Stadium history in 1980, won 4-2 by the National League.