All-Star facts, Red Sox style

BOSTON RED SOX vs. HOUSTON ASTROS

Brock Holt was Boston’s only All-Star in 2015 (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox)

The Red Sox will be well represented in next Tuesday’s All-Star Game in San Diego. Here’s a primer on past Sox doings in the previous 86 All-Star Games.

–Future Hall of Fame catcher Rick Ferrell was Boston’s first All-Star, in 1933. His brother Wes, who played for Cleveland but would join Rick on the Sox the following season, also made the team.  Twenty of the 36 All-Stars that season would eventually be inducted in the Hall of Fame. Babe Ruth hit the first home run in All-Star history.

–All-purpose fielder Brock Holt was the last Sox All-Star, their only representative in 2015. There have been seven other All-Star Games in which the Sox were represented by just one player: David Ortiz in 2012, Manny Ramirez in 2001, Nomar Garciaparra in 1997, Mo Vaughn in 1996, Scott Cooper in both 1993 and ’94, and Dwight Evans in 1981.

–The most All-Stars the Sox have had in a single season was eight, in 1946: Ted Williams, Dom DiMaggio, Bobby Doerr, Johnny Pesky, Boo Ferriss, Mickey Harris, Hal Wagner, and Rudy York. The Sox have had seven All-Stars four times, the last in 2008: Jason Varitek, Jonathan Papelbon, David Ortiz, J.D. Drew, Manny Ramirez, Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis.

–The Sox have had four All-Star MVPs: J.D. Drew in 2008, Pedro Martinez in 1999, Roger Clemens in 1986 and Carl Yastrzemski in 1970. No MVP award was given before 1962.

–Derek Lowe, in 2002, is the last Red Sox pitcher to start an All-Star game. Six other Sox pitchers have started: Pedro Martinez (1999), Roger Clemens (1986), Dennis Eckersley (1982), Bill Monbouquette (1960), Mel Parnell (1949), Lefty Grove (1936).

–Eleven Sox pitchers have been credited with a decision in an All-Star game. The first seven decisions were losses: Lefty Grove (’36), Tex Hughson (1943), Frank Sullivan (1955), Bill Monbouquette (1960), Dick Radatz (1964), Luis Tiant (1974) and Dennis Eckersley (1982). The last four have been wins: Roger Clemens (1986), Pedro Martinez (1999), Josh Beckett (2007) and Jonathan Papelbon (2009).

–Two Sox pitchers have been on the mound for walkoff losses. Dick Radatz gave up four runs, the last three on a two-out home run by Johnny Callison, in a 7-4 loss in New York’s Shea Stadium in 1964. Frank Sullivan, who had already pitched three scoreless innings, gave up a walkoff home run to Stan Musial leading off the 12th inning in Milwaukee’s County Stadium, giving the NL ‘Stars a 6-5 win.

–The Sox have hit 18 home runs in All-Star Games. Ted Williams has 4. Fred Lynn has 3. No other Sox player has more than 1. The last Sox player to homer in an All-Star Game was Adrian Gonzalez in 2011.

–The 2004 All-Star Game is the only one in which multiple Sox players homered. David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez both went deep in the 2004 game in Houston’s Minute Maid Park.

Papi and Bobby Orr

David Ortiz, here with Bruins legend Bobby Orr, homered in the 2004 All-Star Game (Photo courtesy of Boston Red Sox)

–Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski were both named to 18 All-Star teams, a club record. Williams was left off the team in his rookie season, 1939, even though he was batting .306 with 12 home runs and a league-leading 70 RBIs at the break. In 1941, the season he batted .406, Ted was one of four future Sox Hall of Famers on the team. The others were Joe Cronin, Bobby Doerr and Jimmie Foxx. Dom DiMaggio, who some contend should be in the Hall of Fame, was the fifth Sox All-Star that season. Lefty Grove and Roger Clemens were both five-time All-Stars for the Red Sox, most appearances by a pitcher.

–Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski share the record for most hits in an All-Star Game (4) with Joe Medwick of the Cardinals. Williams hit two home runs and two singles in the ’46 All-Star Game at Fenway. Yaz had four singles in 12 innings in the 1970 Game. Sox players have had multiple-hit All-Star games 16 times. Ted and Yaz are the only players to do so multiple times, three apiece.

–Tony Conigliaro went 0 for 6 in the 1967 All-Star Game, which went 15 innings in Anaheim before the National League won, 2-1. Tony C. faced four Hall of Famers in that game: He flied out against HOF Juan Marichal, struck out against HOF Fergie Jenkins and HOF Bob Gibson, flied out against Chris Short, fouled out against Mike Cuellar, and flied out against HOF Tom Seaver. The day wasn’t a total bust; Conigliaro made an outstanding catch in right field to take a hit away from Orlando Cepeda.

 

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