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 that slices and dices the Cubs All-Star appearances. Some fun facts after the jump...

- You'll often hear about 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 and 4 as a 1B, one more than and , although Grace technically started at DH in 1993.

- The only Cub pitcher to ever start an All-Star game? in 1946. He's tied for the most All-Star appearances for a Cubs pitcher at 4 with . 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. has the only other Cub save and 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 - in 1936, in 1952, in 1960, in 1961, in 1964, in 1991 and in 2007.

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

- 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 in 1999.

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

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http://www.news-journalonline.com/NewsJournal... 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=4... '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. http://www.baseball-almanac.com/asgbox/1965_a... http://www.baseball-almanac.com/asgbox/yr1965...

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