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Published On: July 17th, 2004

As a precursor to Wednesday evening’s game, and just as every good All Star Game has, the 2004 Home Run Derby commenced giving fans a chance to cheer for the long ball.

Each of the 10 NWL teams was represented in the contest, with Kevin Dixon selected as the MoonDogs representative. Enjoying his first All Star appearance, Dixon watched as the first few batters took their hacks, with the high score set at 2 before he walked to the plate.

In the first round, Dixon found his swing as he sent 5 balls sailing over the fence at Athletic Park. With the wind blowing in from right, and a number of left-handed hitters to follow, Dixon’s 5 looked to be a sure thing to advance him to the second round.

Not to be outdone, Philip Hawke from the Waterloo Bucks, hammered 5 pitches out of the park as well, to tie Dixon for the lead and eventually meet up with him in the finals.

In true All Star fashion, it was North vs. South, as Dixon and Hawke squared off. Hawke drew first blood as he pounded out 3 more shots, leaving Dixon the chance to take the title.

Before using up 7 of his 10 outs, Dixon crushed 4 home runs to take the title of 2004 Home Run Derby Champion. It is the first home run title in Mankato’s franchise history.

Congratulations to Kevin and all those who participated in the 2004 All Star Game.