MLB cancels All-Star Game for first time since 1945

CHICAGO - JULY 15:  The American Flag covers the outfield prior to the 74th Major League Baseball All-Star Game between the American League All-Stars and the National League All-Stars at US Cellular Field on July 15, 2003 in Chicago, Illinois.  The American League won 7-6.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - JULY 15: The American Flag covers the outfield prior to the 74th Major League Baseball All-Star Game between the American League All-Stars and the National League All-Stars at US Cellular Field on July 15, 2003 in Chicago, Illinois. The American League won 7-6. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) (2003 Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – 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 coronavirus pandemic, and 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 had already been delayed from March 26 to July 23 or 24.

“Once it became clear we were unable to hold this year’s All-Star festivities, we wanted to award the Dodgers with the next available All-Star Game, which is 2022,” baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement.

No date for the 2022 game has been announced, although Dodgers President Stan Kasten said it would take place in the third week of July.

This year will be the first time since 1945 that no game is 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 Midsummer Classic in Dodger Stadium history in 1980, won 4-2 by the National League.

The stadium — third-oldest in baseball behind Fenway and Chicago’s Wrigley Field — is the only park in the majors not to have increased its 56,000-seat capacity since it opened in 1962.