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25 greatest Home Run Derby moments

Hamilton's Bronx barrage, Abreu's 41 shots, the mile-high blasts in Denver in '98 …

Originally Published: July 12, 2010
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

It began 25 years ago as an afterthought.

It was squished in the middle of National League batting practice and American League batting practice. Nobody televised it. America barely noticed it. But look what it started.

That first Home Run Derby took place in 1985, in the Metrodome. But little did anyone know, it would change the culture, out-rate many postseason games and become the highest-rated cable-television event of the summer.

But that's where the Home ...

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