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All-Star Game odds and ends

Some fun facts and figures from All-Star Game history.

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As baseball reaches the just-past-the-midpoint of the season and takes a breather around the All-Star Game, it's fun to look back at some of the performances in All Star Games past. Some are well-known, some are little beyond trivia, but it's baseball, and we won't have it for the next couple of days.

Most All-Star Games (ASG) in a career:

Player G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Stan Musial 24 72 63 11 20 2 0 6 10 7 7 .317 .394 .635 1.029
Willie Mays 24 82 75 20 23 2 3 3 9 7 14 .307 .366 .533 .899
Hank Aaron 24 72 67 7 13 0 0 2 8 3 8 .194 .222 .284 .506
Ted Williams 18 57 46 10 14 2 1 4 12 11 10 .304 .439 .652 1.091
Brooks Robinson 18 47 45 5 13 0 3 1 5 1 4 .289 .319 .489 .808
Cal Ripken 18 52 49 4 13 3 0 2 8 2 5 .265 .308 .449 .757
Pete Rose 16 39 33 3 7 1 1 0 2 3 5 .212 .263 .303 .566
Mickey Mantle 16 52 43 5 10 0 0 2 4 9 17 .233 .365 .372 .737
Al Kaline 16 40 37 7 12 1 0 2 6 2 6 .324 .375 .514 .889
Rod Carew 15 48 41 8 10 1 2 0 2 7 4 .244 .354 .366 .720
Yogi Berra 15 43 41 5 8 0 0 1 3 2 3 .195 .233 .268 .501

There are several caveats to this table, the first being that it only shows games in which the player appeared. For example, Willie Mays was named to 28 ASGs, but only appeared in 24. In addition, from 1959 to 1962, there were two ASGs per year, completely understandable when there were 16 teams, which expanded all the way to 20 by 1962--they simply had to have two games to fit in all the stars. See the complete list from Baseball-Reference here.

This table includes a wide variety of career totals:

Player G PA AB R H HR RBI
Willie Mays 24 82 75 20 23 9
Stan Musial 24 72 63 11 20 6 10
Ted Williams 18 57 46 10 14 4 12
Rod Carew 15 48 41 8
Jackie Robinson 6 20 18 7
Joe Morgan 9 31 26 7
Steve Garvey 10 30 28 7 7
Joe DiMaggio 11 43 40 7
Nellie Fox 13 41 38 7
Al Kaline 16 40 37 7
Hank Aaron 24 72 67 7 13 8
Nellie Fox 13 41 38 7 14
Dave Winfield 12 38 36 13
Derek Jeter 13 29 27 13
Brooks Robinson 18 47 45 13
Cal Ripken 18 52 49 13 8
Billy Herman 10 31 30 13
Fred Lynn 9 22 20 4 10
Johnny Bench 12 30 28 3
Harmon Killebrew 11 28 26 3
Gary Carter 10 22 20 3
Rocky Colavito 9 27 25 3 8
Alfonso Soriano 6 14 14 3
Ralph Kiner 5 15 15 3
Barry Bonds 13 36 31 7
Ken Griffey Jr. 9 28 25 7
Ted Williams 18 57 46 12
Stan Musial 24 72 63 10
Fred Lynn 9 22 20 10
Willie Mays 24 82 75 9
Rocky Colavito 9 27 25 8
Hank Aaron 24 72 67 8
Cal Ripken 18 52 49 8

The table can be sorted by clicking on the column headers. Blanks denote that players weren't in the top 10 all-time in a given category. There has been one ASG grand slam, and he's on the list--in 1983, Fred Lynn hit one off Atlee Hammaker, driving in Robin Yount, Rod Carew and . . . Manny Trillo?!?

Stolen bases seem like an odd thing to do in All-Star Games, which is why they don't occur often:

Player G PA AB SB CS
Willie Mays 24 82 75 6 1
Roberto Alomar 12 32 30 5 0
Kenny Lofton 5 15 14 5 0
Rod Carew 15 48 41 3 2
Tim Raines 7 12 10 3 0
Steve Sax 5 8 7 3 1

It'll be interesting to see if the running game begins to see a resurgence, particularly as runs become more difficult to score (especially when facing the best pitchers in the game) and the games takes on greater meaning as home field advantage for the World Series is determined.

On the pitching side of the ledger, it's more difficult to tease out great performances:

Player G IP H BB SO WHIP
Roger Clemens 10 13.0 11 1 9 0.92
Mariano Rivera 9 9.0 5 0 5 0.56
Tom Seaver 8 13.0 14 4 16 1.38
Juan Marichal 8 18.0 7 2 12 0.50
Randy Johnson 8 12.0 7 2 12 0.75
Don Drysdale 8 19.1 10 4 19 0.72
Jim Bunning 8 18.0 7 1 13 0.44
Early Wynn 7 12.1 9 4 8 1.05
Dave Stieb 7 11.2 6 6 10 1.03
Warren Spahn 7 14.0 17 5 10 1.57
Trevor Hoffman 7 6.1 10 0 5 1.58
Lefty Gomez 5 18.0 11 3 9 0.78

Even back in the good old days, pitchers didn't pitch many innings in ASGs, since managers didn't want to waste them in an exhibition. This very short list shows pitchers who have pitched four or more innings in an individual game:

Player Date Team League Result App,Dec IP
Lefty Gomez 7/8/1935 NYY AL W 4-1 GS-6, W 6.0
Catfish Hunter 7/11/1967 KCA AL L 1-2 11-15f, L 5.0
Larry Jansen 7/11/1950 NYG NL W 4-3 7-11 5.0
Al Benton 7/6/1942 DET AL W 3-1 5-9f 5.0
Mel Harder 7/10/1934 CLE AL W 9-7 5-9f, W 5.0
Lew Burdette 7/9/1957 MLN NL L 5-6 2-5 4.0
Johnny Antonelli 7/10/1956 NYG NL W 7-3 6-9f, S 4.0
Spud Chandler 7/6/1942 NYY AL W 3-1 GS-4, W 4.0
Hal Schumacher 7/8/1935 NYG NL L 1-4 3-6 4.0
Lon Warneke 7/6/1933 CHC NL L 2-4 3-6 4.0

The most recent game was in 1967--if Ned Yost or Bruce Bochy were to even consider using a pitcher for more than one inning, they'd never hear the end of it. It's interesting to note that of these games, only two of these were by starters, with the rest being relief appearances back in the day when relievers weren't prevalent, and were certainly not named to All-Star rosters.

There have been 11 extra-inning games in ASG history:

Date Team Opponent Result Innings Time of Game
7/15/2008 ALS NLS W 4-3 15.0 4:50
7/9/2002 NLS ALS T 7-7 11.0 3:29
7/12/1994 NLS ALS W 8-7 10.0 3:14
7/14/1987 NLS ALS W 2-0 13.0 3:39
7/25/1972 NLS ALS W 4-3 10.0 2:26
7/14/1970 NLS ALS W 5-4 12.0 3:19
7/11/1967 NLS ALS W 2-1 15.0 3:41
7/12/1966 NLS ALS W 2-1 10.0 2:19
7/11/1961 NLS ALS W 5-4 10.0 2:53
7/12/1955 NLS ALS W 6-5 12.0 3:17
7/11/1950 NLS ALS W 4-3 14.0 3:19

The game in 2002 is famous for inaugurating the awarding of World Series home field advantage to the league that wins the ASG, something I've given up discussing--no rational person believes something as important as home field advantage should be awarded based on the outcome of an exhibition game.

I'm old enough to remember when the ASG was special--it gave me the chance to see players (and uniforms!) that I didn't routinely see. Now that baseball can be consumed at the click of a computer (except for the two teams I care about and the other four 'close' to me geographically--thanks mlb.com!), the special nature of the game has been diluted. With rosters the size of small towns in Iowa, it will be difficult for players to amass the career totals of the titans shown in this post, but that doesn't mean our favorite players won't be fun to watch.

Plus the Cubs can use the home field advantage in this year's World Series.

Scott Lindholm is a writer and editor for Beyond the Box Score and a contributor to BP Wrigleyville. Follow him on Twitter @ScottLindholm.