Cleveland Indians All-Star Game history

Ed Zurga

A look at Indians in the Midsummer Classic throughout the game's history

The first MLB All-Star Game was held on July 6, 1933, at Comiskey Park, in conjunction with Chicago's "Century of Progress" World's Fair. The game has been played every season since then (including two games every season from 1959 to 1962), with the exception of 1945, when World War II travel restrictions leds to the game being cancelled.

Each year every team is represented at the All-Star Game. Jason Kipnis and Justin Masterson's, the Indians' 2013 representatives, give the team 235 total All-Star appearances, made by 106 different players (not all of those 235 appearances involved actually playing in the game, due to injury, manager's decision, etc.).

Indians with most All-Star team selections:

Bob Feller (8)

Lou Boudreau (8)

Ken Keltner (7)

Bob Lemon (7)

Larry Doby (7)

Earl Averill (6)

Sam McDowell (6)

Sandy Alomar (6)

Jim Hegan (5)

Kenny Lofton (5)

You may notice that none of the top five on that list, and only two of the top ten, come from the last 40 years. You've probably already figured out why, but in case you haven't: There used to be fewer teams in each league. Originally there were 8 American League teams. Two more were added in 1961, 1969, and 1977, with the Astros moving over this season, making for a total of 15 AL teams. All-Star roster sizes have also expanded, but not at the same rate. It's tougher to make the team year after year than it used to be.

Until expansion began, the Indians never had fewer than two All-Stars, and had at least three in all but four years. The franchise record for most All-Stars in one seasons as set in 1952, when seven Indians were named to the team. Six times the Tribe has had six All-Stars, most recently in 1999. The team hasn't had more than two players make the team since 2007.

Indians pitchers in the All-Star Game:

31 Indians have pitched in an All-Star Game, led by Bob Feller, who did it five times.

Five Indians have started the game:

Bob Feller (1941 and 1946, Luis Tiant (1968), Gaylord Perry (1974), Charles Nagy (1996), and Cliff Lee (2008)

Four Indians have gotten an All-Star Game save:

Mel Harder (1935 and 1937), Bob Feller (1939), Cal McLish (1959), and Doug Jones (1989)

Most career ASG innings pitched with Indians: 13.0 (Mel Harder)

Most single-ASG innings pitched with Indians: 5.0 (Mel Harder, 1934)

Most career ASG strikeouts with Indians: 13 (Bob Feller)

Most single-ASG strikeouts with Indians: 4 (Bob Feller, 1941; Sam McDowell, 1969; Gaylord Perry, 1974)

The greatest All-Star Game pitching performance by an Indian probably belongs to Mel Harder, in 1934. He entered the game with no outs in the 5th inning, two runners on base, and the AL clinging to an 8-6 lead. Pie Traynor, the lead runner, came in to score on a double steal, making it 8-7, but Harder got out of the inning without any other damage and then pitched the 6th to 9th innings too, allowing just 1 hit in a 9-7 American League victory.

Indians position players in the All-Star Game:

49 different position players have appeared in the All-Star Game as an Indian, making a combined 118 appearances. Ken Keltner leads the way, having appeared in seven ASGs (Neither Boudreau or Feller, each of whom made the team eight times, actually got into the game as many times as Keltner).

28 different position players have started in the All-Star Game as an Indian, making a combined 52 starts. Ken Keltner holds the lead here too, with five starts (followed by Kenny Lofton, with four). No Indians position player started in the ASG during the 1970s and Manny Trillo in 1983 was the only one to do it in the 1980s. Asdrubal Cabrera (in 2011) is the only Indians position player to start in the ASG since 2001.

Most career ASG hits with Indians: 5 (Sandy Alomar and Kenny Lofton)

Most single-ASG hits with Indians: 3 (Bobby Avila, 1954; Al Rosen, 1954; Carlos Baerga, 1995)

Most career ASG RBI with Indians: 5 (Al Rosen)

Most single-ASG RBI with Indians: 5 (Al Rosen, 1954)

Al Rosen's 1954 performance stands out as the best by any Indian in an All-Star Game. After striking out in the 1st, he broke a 0-0 tie with a three-run home run in the 3rd, then hit a two-run blast in the 5th, to tie the game. He later singled in the 7th and walked in the 8th, making him the only Indian ever to reach base safely four times and the only Indian ever to hit two home runs in an All-Star Game, something only five players in history have done (Arky Vaughan, Ted Williams, Willie McCovey, and Gary Carter are the others).

Six Indians have homered in an All-Star Game:

Lou Bouderau (1942), Al Rosen (twice in 1954), Larry Doby (1954), Rocky Colavito (1959), Sandy Alomar (1997), and Victor Martinez (2007)

While Rosen's 1954 performance is certainly the franchise's best, there was not yet an All-Star Game MVP award then (that didn't begin until 1962), so Sandy Alomar is the only Indian ever to take home that honor. The 1997 ASG (at Cleveland's Jacobs Field) was tied 1-1 in the 7th, when Alomar had his only AB of the night. With two outs and a runner on second, Alomar drove a Shaw Estes offering out of the park to give the AL a 3-1 lead that didn't change the rest of the way.

Tonight

Neither Masterson nor Kipnis will be starting tonight, but Masterson hasn't pitched since Wednesday, so look for him to be put into the game at some point during the middle innings. 2B is a crowded position for the AL this year. Robinson Cano gets the start and Dustin Pedroia might be manager Jim Leyland's first choice to replace him. Hopefully Kipnis gets an AB though, and gets to play in the field for at least part of the game.

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