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Major League Baseball All-Star Game Records

The first MLB All-Star Game was played at Comiskey Park in Chicago on July 6, 1933.  Babe Ruth hit the first All-Star Game home run, leading the A.L. to a 4-2 win over the N.L.

Here are several MLB All-Star Game records which may peak your interest.

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Willie Mays batted .307 in 24 All-Star Game appearances.

Most All-Star Games played:  24 (Three players)

1)  Stan Musial

2)  Willie Mays

3)  Hank Aaron

Most All-Star Game At Bats:  75, Willie Mays

Most All-Star Game Hits:  23, Willie Mays (.307 All-Star Game batting average)

Highest All-Star Game career Batting Average (minimum, 5 games):  .500, Charlie Gehringer (10 for 20)

Most All-Star Game Runs Scored:  20,Willie Mays

Most All-Star Game Stolen Bases:  6, Willie Mays

Most All-Star Game Home Runs:  6, Stan Musial

Most All-Star Game RBI:  12, Ted Williams

Number of batters who led-off an All-Star Game with a home run:  5

1)  Frankie Frisch, N.L., July 10, 1934

2)  Lou Boudreau, A.L., July 6, 1942

3)  Willie Mays, N.L., July 13, 1965

4)  Joe Morgan, N.L., July 19, 1977

5)  Bo Jackson, A.L., July 11, 1989

Number of Grand Slams in All-Star Game history:  1, Freddy Lynn, A.L., 1983.

First inside-the-park home run in an All-Star Game:  Ichiro Suzuki, 2007.

Most home runs in one All-Star Game:  2, five players

1)  Arky Vaughan, N.L., July 8, 1941

2)  Ted Williams, A.L., July 6, 1946

3)  Al Rosen, A.L., July 13, 1954

4)  Willie McCovey, N.L., July 23, 1969

5)  Gary Carter, N.L., August 9, 1981

Most All-Star Game Total Bases:  40, Stan Musial and Willie Mays

Best single All-Star Game performance, position player:  Ted Williams, July 9, 1946.  Williams slugged two home runs, lashed a pair of singles, and drew a walk, for ten total bases.

Only All-Star Game steal of home:  Pie Traynor, on the front end of a double-steal with Mel Ott, 1934.

Most career strikeouts in All-Star Games:  17, Mickey Mantle

Most career doubles in All-Star Games:  7, Dave Winfield

Most career triples in All-Star Games:  3, Willie Mays and Brooks Robinson

Most career All-Star Game Bases on Balls:  11, Ted Williams

Most times grounding into double plays, career:  3, Joe DiMaggio and Pete Rose

Most career All-Star Game Wins:  3, Lefty Gomez

Most career All-Star Game Losses:  2, six pitchers

1)  Mort Cooper

2)  Claude Passeau

3)  Whitey Ford

4)  Luis Tiant

5)  Jim “Catfish” Hunter

6)  Dwight Gooden

Most Career All-Star Game Balks, 2, Dwight Gooden

Most All-Star Game Innings Pitched, Career:  19, Don Drysdale

Most All-Star Game Strikeouts: Pitcher, Career:  19 Don Drysdale

Most All-Star Game Innings Pitched, one game:  6, Lefty Gomez, July 8, 1935

Most hits given up in one inning in an All-Star Game:  Tom Glavine, 1st inning of 1992 All-Star Game, surrendered seven consecutive hits.  Allowed nine hits overall, the most hits given up by one pitcher in an All-Star Game.

Most consecutive strikeouts by a pitcher in one game:  5, Carl Hubbell, A.L., 1934,  and Fernando Valenzuela, N.L., 1986.

Most runs allowed in a single All-Star Game:  7, Atlee Hammaker, N.L., 1983.  All 7 runs were scored in the 3rd inning.

First player ever selected to an All-Star Game as a write-in candidate by fans:  Rico Carty, 1970

First time the Designated Hitter rule was used in an All-Star Game:  1989

Largest Attendance for an All-Star Game:  72,086, Cleveland Municipal Stadium, August 9, 1981 (This game was played on a Sunday, the only time an All-Star Game was played on a weekend.)

Smallest Attendance for an All-Star Game:  25,556, Braves Field, Boston, July 7, 1936

Longest Game By Innings:  15, Anaheim Stadium, July 11, 1967 (N.L. won the game, 2-1)

Shortest Game By Innings:  5, Shibe Park, Philadelphia, July 8, 1952 – Rain.  (N.L. won the game, 3-2)

Fewest players used in an All-Star Game, one team:  11, A.L., July 6, 1942

Fewest players used in an All-Star Game, both teams:  27, A.L. (15), N.L. (12), July 6, 1938

Shortest 9-Inning Game, By Time:  1 Hour, 53 Minutes, Sportsman’s Park, St. Louis, July 9, 1940, (N.L. won 4-0).

Number of All-Star Games played:  83, the N.L. has 43 wins, the A.L. has 38 wins, and there have been two ties.

Sources:

Baseball-Reference.com

Baseball-Almanac.com

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25 thoughts on “Major League Baseball All-Star Game Records

  1. Great post as always Bill…I trust you, I’m not gonna look this crap up! 🙂

  2. Reblogged this on The On Deck Circle and commented:

    Hey Gang, I decided to re-blog this post I did last year regarding the All Star Game. Hope you don’t mind.

  3. John Gray on said:

    Which non-Hall-of-Famers have the most All-Star appearances?
    Perhaps Fred Lynn (9), Steve Garvey (10) and Dale Murphy (7)?

    • John, That’s a great question. Your guesses sound accurate to me, but I’ll have to do some research and see who else I can come up with.
      Thanks for the great question, and for reading,
      Bill

      • John Gray on said:

        Which Hall of Famers have the least All-Star appearances?

        Bert Blyleven (2)

      • I’m guessing your starting point must be post-WWII? Too many HOF-ers before that who wouldn’t have had enough opportunities to play in one. But obviously, you can’t get much lower than 2.

    • Del Crandall played in 11; that’s the most I could find.

      • Wow, that’s a surprisingly high total. But did he play in the era when they played two All-Star games per year? Depending on how you view that, it sort of skews the numbers.

      • John Gray on said:

        Clarification then – which non- HOFer had the most All-Star seasons?

        I think Cooperstown over rates lonevity and slap hitters who are non-outfielders that stick around too long to get 3000 hits, but under rates shorter term dominant players: Dale Murphy, McGriff, Parker, Garvey, Albert Belle, Lee Smith, Dwight Evans, Harold Baines, and Strawberry.

        Two under-utilized categories are all-star appearances, and salary too.

      • I, too, have a preference for shorter term dominant players, though my list might look a bit different from yours. Let’s start with Roger Maris. From a career numbers standpoint, no, he doesn’t merit HOF inclusion. But if the HOF is truly a Hall of FAME, well, how many players in baseball history are more famous than Maris? He’s certainly in the top ten. He had two very big seasons, which, from an overall career-value standpoint, isn’t very much. But he’s ROGER MARIS. It comes down to what is the purpose of the HOF, a question that really has no objective answer.
        Having said that, I’d add Dick Allen and Bobby Bonds to your list.
        Thanks again, man
        Bill

  4. Brooks Robinson with a bunch of triples. As slow as he was, I wonder how hard he hit the ball (or if someone fell down). Any idea what parks they were in? (Yeah, I’m too lazy to look it up.)
    Nice job.
    v

    • Yeah, I was surprised to see Brooks with those triples, too. I’ll have to research what that was all about, then get back to you.
      Thanks, Bill

    • Found ’em:

      Shea in 1964
      Busch Stadium in 1966
      Riverfront in 1970

      I would have thought they were all misplayed singles to centerfield in the old Yankee Stadium or Forbes Field.

      • Interesting results. Not what I would have expected, although Shea did have a pretty big outfield. Shea in ’64 and Riverfront in ’70 would have been brand new stadiums. I wonder if that had anything to do with it?
        Thanks for looking that up,
        Bill

  5. Here’s a couple to add to the list:

    Fewest batters retired by winning pitcher in game: 0, by Dean Stone in 1954. He was on the mound when Red Schoendienst was caught stealing to end the inning, and ended up picking up the W. Nice work if you can get it.

    Most games utterly fouled up by the Comissioner: (x-1) held by Bud Selig. We’ll get back to you on a final total.

  6. I thought maybe yould like to see this. I wrote it a year or two ago.http://bumbastories.wordpress.com/2010/12/14/an-ode/

  7. And there are some interesting stats there.

    • Yeah, I never would have guessed that Dave Winfield is the all-time leader in doubles with seven. I also thought someone other than Fred Lynn must have hit another grand-slam by now.
      Thanks for reading,
      Bill

  8. Thank you for posting that picture. What a pleasure to turn on the computer and see a picture of Willie Mays.

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