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This Day in Georgia History

July 13, 2010

McCann MVP of All Star Game

In Major League Baseball’s 2010 All-Star Game, played in Anaheim, California, Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann was named Most Valuable Player. With two outs in the seventh inning, McCann hit a three-run double to propel the National League to its first victory (by a score of 3-1) in the annual All-Star game since 1996. This marked only the second time in history that a Brave was an All-Star MVP - an honor Fred McGriff first won in 1994. Since being called up by the Braves in 2005, McCann has been selected for the MLB All-Star Game five times in his first six seasons. In addition to playing for the Braves, McCann has lengthy Georgia ties. He was born in Athens on Feb. 20, 1984. His father, Howard McCann, was an assistant baseball coach at the University of Georgia from 1982 to 1989. The older McCann left Georgia to become head baseball coach at Marshall University. He left Marshall to found the Windwood Baseball Academy in Alpharetta. Brian graduated from Duluth High School in 2002 and was drafted in the second round by the Braves. He continues to make Duluth his home.