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 true...in 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.

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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...

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4326955

'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."

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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.

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/asgbox/1965_all_st...

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/asgbox/yr1965as.shtml

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  • Oh, I'm sure you're right. He's not 27-27 in saves for nothing. But, man, I hope they learned last night that he didn't throw a single pitch in the zone to KB, Contreras or Baez, and they all just kept swinging.

    billybucks 1 hour 30 min ago view
  • Sounds like a much better game than last night's fiasco in Flushing.

    Old and Blue 1 hour 47 min ago view
  • I'm pretty sure it looks like a sweet pitch on the way in. How many sinkers like that are there at 98 mph? I agree that they should just do a Lackey and stand their with their bat on their shoulders until he throws a strike next time, but I can see how that's hard to do.

    The bullpen, on the other hand, is a mess, and Heyward is starting to piss me off.

    Old and Blue 1 hour 48 min ago view
  • I noticed that too. He's getting to everything, but when he gets right under it on a high flyball he looks uncomfortable

    cubbies.4ever 10 hours 22 min ago view
  • Did you expect anything different?

    billybucks 10 hours 52 min ago view
  • Wow, did they blow this game. Stupid plays by the kids in the 7th -- Almora throwing to 3rd instead of 2nd to keep the DP in order (when a DP probably wins the game) and Baez throwing to 3rd (to a backpedalling KB) instead of getting the easy 2nd out at first - cost them the game. Also, Contreras almost throws the ball into RF on a nonexistent pick-off play. And Maddon, for using Peralta in the first place. Did they do a bunch of shots in the dugout before the 7th? Unbelievably bad baseball. I thought Almora had a high baseball IQ?

    billybucks 11 hours 14 min ago view
  • men on 2nd/3rd, 0 out...and nothing.

    cubs lose :(

    crunch 11 hours 47 min ago view
  • UH OH! RALLY TIME!

    crunch 11 hours 57 min ago view
  • Getting tired of this Heywood weak sauce

    jacos 12 hours 7 min ago view
  • Yep, can't say I disagree with that. His first batter and resulting walk was just brutal. Reminded me of a bit of Jacque Jones spiking his throws into the ground from RF.

    Eric S 12 hours 16 min ago view
  • The use of Peralta in any semblance of a high leverage situation is questionable at best.

    fixed that for ya.

    crunch 12 hours 23 min ago view
  • The use of Peralta in any semblance of a high leverage situation is questionable at best. Hind sight is easy but Peralta had nothing.

    Eric S 12 hours 31 min ago view
  • make that just peralta...

    crunch 12 hours 32 min ago view
  • a.soriano new OF fielding coach?

    crunch 13 hours 36 min ago view
  • Why is Almora jumping up on catches?

    jacos 13 hours 38 min ago view
  • "Tommy La Stella (hamstring) will remain on his minor league rehab assignment through at least Friday."

    should be an interesting roster shuffle once these guys trickle back in. i imagine patton or peralta are on the hot seat for la stella's return.

    crunch 13 hours 57 min ago view