A Starting Lineup of Great All Star Performers

The 87th Major League Baseball All Star Game kicks off Tuesday at Petco Park. A lot’s happened since the first All Star Game in 1933. Here’s a starting lineup of the best of the best.

P – Carl Hubbell, 1934: King Carl famously struck out five straight future Hall of Famers as the National League starter in 1934. Less well-known? Hubbell went three shutout innings, allowing just two hits and two walks, before his relievers blew the game.

Honorable mention: Pedro Martinez, who struck out the first four batters he faced in 1999.

C – Ray Fosse, 1970: Fosse was on the wrong end of Pete Rose’s takeout slide in the 12th inning of 1970, his career forever altered. Earlier in the game, though, the promising Cleveland Indians backstop singled and helped force extra innings with a sacrifice fly.

Honorable mention: Gary Carter, with two homers in 1981.

1B – Al Rosen, 1954If Rosen had stayed healthy and not been forced to retire at 32, he might be a Hall of Famer. In one of the greatest individual All Star performances in his last good season before injuries took their toll, Rosen went 3-for-5 with two home runs.

Honorable mention: Rod Carew, with two triples in 1978.

2B – Charlie Gehringer, 1937: Gehringer has the greatest batting average in All Star history, .500 in 29 plate appearances. He did this by quietly going about 2-for-3 every game through the mid-1930s.

Honorable mention: Roberto Alomar, with two steals in 1992.

3B – Pie Traynor, 1934: Not Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, or Rickey Henderson– meet the only person to ever steal home in an All Star Game.

Honorable mention: Chipper Jones, who went 3-for-3 with a home run in 2000.

SS – Arky Vaughan, 1941: Ted Williams gets all the recognition from the 1941 game for hitting the three-run homer that won it. That said, the American League needed Williams’ shot to overcome Vaughan’s 3-for-4, two home run performance.

Honorable mention: Cal Ripken, who went 2-for-3 with a home run in 1991.

LF – Bo Jackson, 1989: Jackson’s titanic home run to lead off the game set the tone for a 5-3 American League win. The following inning, he stole a base. Mike Axisa of CBS Sports noted that Jackson remains the only player to homer and steal a base in the same All Star Game.

Honorable mention: Ted Williams for 1941 or his 4-for-4 performance with two home runs in 1946.

CF – Willie Mays, both games in 1960: In an era where Major League Baseball sometimes held two All Star games in a year, Mays went 6-for-8 in 1960, hitting for the cycle between both games.

Honorable mention: Fred Lynn, with the only grand slam in All Star Game history in 1983.

RF – Ichiro Suzuki, 2007: At AT&T Park, with hometown favorite Barry Bonds chasing the all-time home run record, Suzuki stole the show. On the way to an All Star Game MVP Award, Suzuki went 3-for-3 with a home run and two RBI.

Honorable mention: Roberto Clemente, who went 3-for-3 in 1962.