All-Star Game Memories

84th All-Star Game is history, new memories for the players and fans. Thought it would be a good time bring you some All-Star Game memories from Phillies Alumni. Normal (or abnormal) Phillies Insider blog will resume Friday.

Larry Andersen
“Fondest All-Star Game memory? Easy, spending the three days off in Ocean City, NJ.”

Bob Boone (1976; 1978-79; 1983)
“1976 game in Philly. My first. Will never forget the ovation that the Phillie fans gave us during the pre-game introductions. I still get emotional when I think about it.”

Larry Bowa (1974-75-76; 1978-79
“Was on five All-Star teams but playing in Philly in 1976 without a doubt is my greatest memory. The crowd was awesome and the infield was Schmidt, me and Dave Cash. Great feeling playing at the Vet in front of your home crowd.”

Dave Cash (1974-75-76)
“Sitting on the bench at the Vet in 1976 next to Tony Perez while Steve Garvey (1B) and Joe Morgan started (2B) at our positions. Sparky Anderson was the manager and Tony kept pestering him, “Sparky, when are you going to let Dave and me play?” Did eventually get the game, singled and scored on Cesar Cedeno’s home run.”

Jim Fregosi (1964; 1966-67-68-69-70; Mgr-1994)
“I actually have two fond memories. I led off the game in Houston (1968) with a double against Don Drysdale. The second, managing the 1994 NL team to a win in Three Rivers Stadium.”

Kevin Gross (1988)
“My best memory is being selected to the 1988 All Star-team along with my great teammate and friend, Lance Parrish. I pitched one inning (Riverfront Stadium) and faced three great players Dave Winfield, Cal Ripkin, and Jose Canseco, retiring them in order. What a great memory. I will always cherish being part of baseball’s best in 1988.” 

Von Hayes (1989)
“Getting a base hit and driving in a run in my only at bat. Afterwards getting calls from all my friends telling me they were interviewing a pitcher on the American league team during the game (Anaheim) and they didn’t show my hit. Oh, well, I still have a 1.000 average as an All-Star.”

Jim Kaat (1962; 1966; 1975)
“Facing Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente, Hank Aaron, Willie McCovey, Dick Allen, Ron Santo and Joe Torre in 1966…on a 110-degree day in St. Louis.”

John Kruk (1991-92-93)
“Striking out twice in three at-bats in Camden Yard (1993). Everybody remembers one of them, against Randy Johnson. I didn’t have a chance. All I wanted to do is escape with my life.”

Mike Lieberthal (1999-2000)
“The first year it was so exciting to be among the best players in the game. Batted once and was hitless. The next year, I got a hit off Mariano Rivera and scored. Can’t beat that for a great memory.”

Greg Luzinski (1975-76-77-78)
“My first at-bat in Yankee Stadium came in an All-Star Game (1977) and I hit a two-run homer to right field off Jim Palmer.”

Tim McCarver (1966-67)
“Scoring the winning run in the 1966 game that was played in St. Louis. Something I’ll always remember.”

Juan Samuel (1984; 1987; 1991)
“As rookie in 1984 I was selected for the game that was played in San Francisco. There were eight other All-Stars from the Dominican Republic so we had a ‘team photo’ taken. I still have that photo in my home. The manager was Paul Owens and my manager didn’t get me in the game (laughing). After the game, the spread included a big pile of Dungeness crabs. Since I didn’t get to play in the game, that was my fondest memory, pigging out on crabs.”

Ryne Sandberg (1984-85-86-87-88-89-90-91-92-93)
“Getting to start in my first All-Star Game in 1984. I wanted to be an All-Star every year.”

Mike Schmidt (1974; 1976-77; 1979-80-81-82-83-84; 1986-87; 1989)
“Game-winning home run in 1981 off Rollie Fingers, a two-run shot over the center field fence at Cleveland Stadium in the top of the eighth, a 5-4 win for our manager, Dallas Green.”

Bobby Shantz (1951-52; 1957)
“1952 game at Shibe Park and striking out Whitey Lockman, Jackie Robinson and Stan Musial in the fifth inning.”

Curt Simmons (1952-53; 1957)
“I was in three games and started two, 1952 and 1957. For some reason I was late getting to the park (1952). Leo Durocher was the manager. ‘Curt, we’re going over the hitters. Robbie (Robin Roberts) pitched two days ago, so you’re starting.’ I pitched three scoreless innings. In 1957, I started in St. Louis against Jim Bunning. I got through the first inning but walked Ted Williams and Yogi Berra to start the second inning. Walter Alston came to the mound and took me out.”

Tony Taylor (1960, both)
“Being able to participate in the game with all the best players, especially the Latin American stars. We all share our memories.”

Rick Wise (1971; 1973)
“My first game in the old Tigers Stadium. Sat in the bullpen the whole game but got a great view of Reggie Jackson’s home run into the light tower in right field.”

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