600 Home Run Club Members Wowed All-Star Crowds Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Ted Williams is famously quoted as having said “They created the All-Star Game for Willie Mays!”  The truth is, of course, that the All-Star Game (created in 1933) was around a long time before Willie played in the first of his record-tying 24 mid-Summer Classics (tied with Henry Aaron and Stan Musial).  

And it continues to be one of the highlights of the MLB season.

 

But no one dazzled the fans quite the way Willie did.  Among the All-Star honors achieved by the “Say Hey” Kid were:

 

•  2X All-Star MVP (1963 and 1968)

•  most All-Star at bats (75)

•  the most All-Star hits (23)

•  most All-Star runs scored (20)

•  most Extra-Base Hits (8) tied with Stan Musial

•  most Triples (3) tied with Brooks Robinson

•  most Total Bases (3) tied with Stan Musial

•  super-human defensive plays like the famous
   “flying catch” in 1955 



 

Other members of the 600 Home Run Club truly shined in their own way.

Slammin’ Sammy Sosa  

 

The Dominator from the Dominican Republic, Sammy Sosa played in six All-Star Games 1995-2004.  Although he batted a paltry .154 – going 2-14 overall, he was among the most beloved and popular players on and off the field.  And nowhere was he more comfortably “on stage” than during the annual All-Star Home Run Derby.  In fact, he won the HR Derby in 2000 with 26 signature blasts.  He hit a total of 48 long balls during the six “extra-innings” of the Home Run Derby. Unfortunately, since he never ran to first base, the fans did not get to see his signature home run hop.  

 

 

 

No “Kidding” Around During The All-Star Game

Ken Griffey, Jr. also had his way with other players during All-Star games, wherein he batted .480 with a Slugging Percentage of .680 – Wow.  

He also dominated the plate during numerous All-Star Home Run Derbies, winning it all in 1994 (with 7 final round dingers) and then again over two consecutive years (with 19 homers in 1998, 16 homers in 1999) and coming in second to the aforementioned Sosa with 11 in 2000.   Overall “Junior” hit 70 All-Star Derby homers between 1992-2000.  That’s a lot of fan entertainment.





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