Who is the only player in major league history to hit a grand slam home run in the All-Star game? Who is the only player in steal home in an All-Star game? What pitcher allowed the most home runs in a single All-Star game? That's right, the 2003 All-Star baseball game is on the agenda in a few days and that means that it's All-Star trivia time!
The first All-Star game was played in 1933, with the American league winning 4-2. The first All-Star home run came off the bat of Babe Ruth, as he clouted a round-tripper in the third inning of the inaugural classic.
Speaking of home runs, Stan Musial holds the all-time All-Star record with six. Fred Lynn and Ted Williams are tied for second with four apiece. Stan "The Man" also holds or shares the record for the most games played (24), the most total bases (40), the most extra-base hits (8), the most games appearing as a pinch-hitter (10) and the most pinch-hits (3). Who does he share those first three records with? Willie Mays.
Willie Mays has the most hits in an All-Star career with 23, while the longest consecutive games hitting streak is shared by Mickey Mantle and two others with seven. Mays also holds the career stolen base record with six.
Ducky, Yaz and the Splinter.
The most hits in a single All-Star game? Ducky Medwick, Carl Yastrzemski and Ted Williams each banged out four safeties in one contest. The Splendid Splinter (The Kid, Teddy Ballgame, etc.) is also one of five players to hit two home runs in the same game. The others were Arky Vaughn, Al Rosen, Willie McCovey and Gary Carter.
Who is the only player to hit two triples in one All-Star game? Rod Carew. Who hit home runs in the most consecutive games? Ralph Kiner hit one back-back-back in back-to-back-to-back games.
More Ted Williams.
Ted Williams holds the record for the most career RBI with a dozen and shares the crown for the most RBI in a game with five (also accomplished by Al Rosen). Who walked the most times? Ted Williams. Who struck out the most times? The Mick.
Who played on the most winning teams? Mays and Hank Aaron were victorious an incredible 17 times each. The player who was on the wrong end of the score the most times? Brooks Robinson, with 15.
All-Star hurling heroics.
Jim Bunning, Tom Seaver, Juan Marichal and Don Drysdale pitched in the most All-Star games, each appearing eight times. Drysdale also shares the record for the most starts with five (Robin Roberts, Lefty Gomez) while the Goose (Rich Gossage) finished the most games (six).
Lefty Gomez won the most All-Star games (3) and Don Drysdale pitched in the most innings and struck out the most hitters.
One of the most famous of all the All-Star records belongs to Carl Hubbell, who struck out five hitters in a row in 1934, including Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin. Fernando Valenzuela tied this record in 1986.
That's enough All-Star trivia for this year! Oh, yes, the answers to the questions in the first paragraph are Fred Lynn (only grand-slam homer), Pie Traynor (only player to steal home) and Jim Palmer (most homers allowed in one game).