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The Origin of the McDonalds All American Game

Updated: February 28, 2003, 8:54 AM ET

ORIGIN: In 1977, McDonald'sŪ selected the best high school basketball players in the country and named them to the first McDonald's All American High School Basketball Team. The Team competed in the Capital Classic Game (started in 1974) against the best players in the Maryland-D.C.-Virginia area.

In 1978, McDonald's launched its own all-star high school game -- the McDonald's All American High School Basketball Game, featuring an East and a West team of the best high school boy ...

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