The Cubs All-Star History

As much as I dread the current All-Star break, I was a fan once upon a time. Back before interleague play, having kids and cable television, the Midsummer Classic was a guilty pleasure to get a chance to see how our Cubbies did against the best of the best.

So part of the glacially-paced Wiklifield project, I put together this page that slices and dices the Cubs All-Star appearances. Some fun facts after the jump...

- You'll often hear about Ernie Banks being a 14-time All-Star, which is a sense. He only made the All-Star team in 11 seasons, but between 1959 and 1962, they played two All-Star games separated anywhere from two days to a month. Banks got an extra game in 1959, 1960 and 1962.

- Not only does Banks lead in Cubs All-Star appearances, he also leads Cubs shortstops and Cubs first basemen in appearances. I like to use the season counter rather than double counting for 1959-1962, so I just consider Banks to have made 11 All-Stars, but he made 7 as a SS, one more than Don Kessinger and 4 as a 1B, one more than Mark Grace and Phil Cavarretta, although Grace technically started at DH in 1993.

- The only Cub pitcher to ever start an All-Star game? Claude Passeau in 1946. He's tied for the most All-Star appearances for a Cubs pitcher at 4 with Bruce Sutter. Carlos Zambrano needs one more selection to tie them.

- Speaking of Sutter, he pitched three of the four times he selected, and threw 5.2 scoreless innings with a win and two saves. Randy Myers has the only other Cub save and Lee Smith threw three innings in 1987 in a 13-inning game for the win.

- A Cub has hit a home run in the All-Star game on seven different occasions - Augie Galan in 1936, Hank Sauer in 1952, Ernie Banks in 1960, George Altman in 1961, Billy Williams in 1964, Andre Dawson in 1991 and Alfonso Soriano in 2007.

- The only Cub to be named MVP of the classic was Bill Madlock in 1975, sharing the honors with pitcher Jon Matlack.

- Ryne Sandberg is second in All-Star appearances with 10 behind Banks and first in starts with 9...first in 1984 and then 1986-1993, including being the top vote-getter from 1990-1992. The one year he didn't start - 1985 - Tommy Herr got the start.

- The only other Cub to be top vote-getter was Sammy Sosa in 1999.

- Ted Lilly was the 192nd Cub to be named to an All-Star team...if I counted right.


Hank Williamson, the other guy in the Pie trade, had a brief filler call-up to Iowa and did well. Back to Daytona for him...

'As Michael Weiner prepares to take over from Donald Fehr as head of the players' association, several agents said they are pushing the union to file a collusion grievance against teams over their behavior during the free-agent market last winter.

"That's fine. They're entitled to their opinion," Selig said Wednesday at a meeting of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. "This is one sport where I can't even fathom that anybody could think that."


The union filed collusion grievances following the 1985, 1986 and 1987 seasons. After arbitrators ruled in the union's favor, management agreed to a $280 million settlement.'

here's some Cub All Star history...1965 in Minneapolis

NL wins 6-5. Ron Santo (1-2) drives in the winning run with a single in the 7th scoring Willie Mays. Ernie Banks went 2-4, Billy Williams 0-1.

NL STARS 7TH: Mays walked; Aaron singled [Mays to third]; CLEMENTE BATTED FOR STARGELL; Clemente forced Aaron (Robinson to Richardson); Santo singled to Versalles [Mays scored, Clemente to second]; Torre grounded into a double play (McDowell to Richardson to Killebrew) [Santo out at second]; 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. NL Stars 6, AL Stars 5.

Game ends with Bob Gibson who gives up a leadoff double to Tony Oliva before striking out Harmon Killebrew then Joe Pepitone for the win.

AL STARS 9TH: Oliva doubled; Alvis made an out to Gibson; Killebrew struck out; PEPITONE BATTED FOR FISHER; Pepitone struck out; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. NL Stars 6, AL Stars 5.

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  • Yeah, it's the past but you keep complaining based on the past. First they tanked and shouldn't have. Now they make some comments about needing to have a budget and you say they're crying poverty -- all before any trades/signings have been made. (They signed a $155 million pitcher last year, I recall.)

    FYI, the Cubs have had a skating rink the last couple of years. It's not a permanent structure (obviously) and probably doesn't cost all that much. But who knows, maybe it'll be the reason they don't win a World Series.

  • Thanks guys! Pretty sure Bill Murray says thanks too.

  • Awesome job, Tim!

  • Classic.

  • Outfielder Chris Young signs "multiyear" contract w BoSox.

    Wow, Dombrowski is a buffoon

  • Not sure I understand the logic, especially for more than one year.

  • well, that's the past. we're left with the present. even though that past you're seeing is some weird black/white either/or where hybridization of ideas isn't allowed...nonetheless...

    the present is ice skating, movies, concerts, beer gardens, hotels, office space and other wonderful baseball activities based around a young, successful baseball team.

  • All money making ventures, which would have been offset with a reasonable TV contract that previous ownership screwed up

  • Brilliant!

  • Nah, I'll probably just contemplate how they should've done a Padres-style all-in plan.

  • of course not. maybe go ice skating and think about it a while. make advanced reservations at the hotel they're starting construction on. check new releases for possible entertainment from the movie screens they want installed. think about renting an office in the new office spaces. write a letter to the cubs requesting your favorite beer be added to the beer garden. lobby your favorite band to play the outdoor venue.

    ...and in between that maybe they can find $40-50m to invest in the product that all of this revolves around.

  • let's not get caught up on phrasing for a setup and lose the gist of the post. i don't care what one wants to call the playoff exit.

    -crapping out
    +they lost their playoff attempt

    there. now we can focus on something other than not liking the tone of a line that's setting up a point.

  • I didn't like the entire post, if that helps.

  • Making the NLCS with a young team = "crapping out of the playoffs with a young team."

  • I'm guessing 3/30 and all the two foot long hot dogs you can eat didn't work