Braves All Star Game History


Stating the obvious, the All Star Game is tonight – weather permitting – in Minneapolis; would mother nature conspire to ruin  Bud Selig’s last All Star soirée? Anyway it’s the week where MLB squeezes all serious news until after their marquee event is in the books.  It seems an appropriate time to look back at All Star selections and see how Braves faired amongst starters. I emphasize starters here so Brain McCann’s winning hit and the like aren’t mentioned hereafter.

All Star Game Gee Whiz Stuff

Some All Star numbers in general before I jump into the Braves stuff. The first All Star Game was held in 1933 and tonight’s game will the 85th meeting. Quick math will tell you that doesn’t add up. The right number would be 81 but from 1959 through 1962 they held two All Star Games a year and there was no game held in 1945. More generic stuff later.

All Star Starting Pitching

Two  Braves pitchers gave started the mid-season classic three times; Warren Spahn and Greg Maddux. Spahn waited nine years between starts one and two (1949, 1958) and made his last start in 1961 at the age of 40. he would gone to post his fifth consecutive  season with at least 21 wins – he won 22 in his previous All Star starting year (1958) – while posting a league leading 3.02 ERA, 1.142 WHIP, with 21 complete games in 33 starts including 4 shutouts.  Did I say he was 40? I did? Okay.

Greg Maddux first start was the 1994 Classic. He followed that with back to back starts in 1997-98, a feat running mate Tom Glavine had done in 1991-92.  the 94 season was the strike shortened year but Mad Dog still managed to go 16-6 with a 1.56 ERA, 0.896 WHIP and 10 complete games in 28 starts including 3 shutouts posting an ERA+ of 271. All of those were league leading numbers.

Out In The Field

As you might guess Hank Aaron has the most appearances of any Brave with 17. Only 16 of those were in the outfield, he started at first base in 1974. Put that in your trivia file for future bar bets. Hank’s best All Star year of all years (and he never had a bad one) was probably 1959 when he posted a .305/.401/.656/.1.037 line due to 223 hits including 39 homers, 46 doubles, and 7 triples for 400 total bases and a 182 OPS.

The closest to Aaron is Milwaukee Braves catcher Del Crandall who was starting catcher 8 times between 1955 and 1962. Behind him is 7 time third baseman Eddie Matthews while Dale Murphy and Chipper Jones come in at 5 each.  Below is the complete lists by position in alphabetical order derived from the data at Baseball-Reference.

 

Player Games Position(s) Years
Hank Aaron 17 LF(1),CF(1),RF(14) 1b(1) 1957, 1958, 1959, 1959, 1960, 1960,1963, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974
Joe Adcock 2 1B 1960 , 1960
Jeff Blauser 1 SS 1997
Rico Carty 1 LF 1970
Del Crandall 8 C 1955.1958,1959,1959,1960,1960,1962,1962
Andres Galarraga 1 1b 2000
Tom Glavine 2 P 1991, 1992
Chipper Jones 2 3B 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2008
David Justice 2 RF 1993, 1994
Javy Lopez 1 C 2003
Greg Maddux 3 P 1994, 1997, 1998
Eddie Mathews 7 3B 1953,1955,1959,1960.1960.1961,1961
Fred McGriff 2 1B 1995, 1996
Dale Murphy 5 Rf(2)  CF(3) 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985. 1986 
Terry Pendleton 1 3B 1992
Martin Prado 1 2b 2010
Edgar Renteria 1 SS 2006
Gary Sheffield 1 RF 2003
John Smoltz 1 P 1996
Warren Spahn 3 P 1949, 1958, 1961
Joe Torre 2 3B 1971, 1972
Dan Uggla 1 2b 2012
Walt Weiss 1 SS 1998

That’s A Wrap

The Braves have had  lots of representation on the All Star teams over the years, Stars like Aaron, Matthews and Crandall were there because their peers put them on there. We don’t have a starter this year but we have a core of young players who will make their mark in future games. I hope you enjoyed this look back and have fun with tonight’s game.

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  • Sealift67

    Nice article but you left out Darrell Evans and Davey Johnson I’m Thinking 1973.

    • fireboss

      Doubled checked this. the 73 lineup was Bench, Aaron, Morgan, Santo. Speier, Rose, Cedeno, Williams, Wise. According to the BBR page linked in the post neither Darrell Evans or Davey Johnson started an All Star game.

      • Sealift67

        They were on the ASG roster. I thought you were referring to all the Braves
        All Stars, apologies, and Biff Pocoroba will remain silent on this issue.

        • fireboss

          No worries. I suspect Biff will be happy to see his name mentioned here

          • Sealift67

            Jeff Blauser was chosen by Bobby C in 1997 as a reserve behind
            Larkin ; Kenny Lofton I recall was a starter in the OF same
            year.

          • fireboss

            Starting lineup Piazza, Bagwell, Biggio, Caminiti, Blauser,Bonds,Lankford, Walker, Maddux. Lofton didn’t actually get into the game. He started in CF for the AL in 96 and again for the AL in LF in 98.

          • Sealift67

            According to Wikipedia Lofton had been traded to the Braves and
            won the vote, was injured and received an enormous ovation
            as a NL player, despite not be able to play. Barry Larkin wins the
            SS vote yet unable to start he is replaced by Jeff Blauser.
            Starting line up is not the same as ‘named starter’. Semantics I
            know but…

          • fireboss

            My OCD wants to pick nits over starters and selections but I surrender. I didn’t have the cumulative voting results and settle for those who took the field.