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
And it continues to be one of the highlights of the MLB
But no one dazzled the
fans quite the way Willie did. Among the All-Star honors achieved by the “Say Hey” Kid
• 2X All-Star MVP (1963 and 1968)
All-Star at bats (75)
• the most All-Star hits (23)
• most All-Star runs scored (20)
Extra-Base Hits (8) tied with Stan Musial
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.
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.