All-Stars Headed to Miami Already Have a Place in Cooperstown
(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – When the Major League Baseball All-Star Game debuted on July 6, 1933 in Chicago, the National Baseball Hall of Fame was not yet a part of the American lexicon.
But over the next nine decades, the connection between All-Stars and the Hall of Fame has become a yearly summer celebration for the National Pastime.
Thirty of the 70 All-Stars named to date to the July 11 Mid-Summer Classic in Miami are represented in Cooperstown by artifacts in the Hall of Fame’s permanent collection. The Museum’s unparalleled archive features more than 40,000 three-dimensional artifacts, each telling a memorable story from the National Pastime’s glorious history.
Members of the 2017 All-Star Game roster with artifacts in the Museum’s collection include:
Jose Altuve (Astros) – Spikes worn on June 29, 2014 when he recorded a multi-steal game for the fourth straight contest, the first player since 1917 to reach that level; bat used to record MLB-most 224th and 225th hits of 2014 season.
Mookie Betts (Red Sox) – Home jersey worn on Sept. 13, 2016 against the Baltimore Orioles.
Robinson Cano (Mariners) – Bat used to hit a grand slam home run against the Oakland Athletics on Aug. 25, 2011, the first of three grand slams by Yankees in that game; batting helmet worn during the 2015 season.
Carlos Correa (Astros) – Bat used while playing for Puerto Rico in the 2017 World Baseball Classic Finals on March 22.
Nelson Cruz (Mariners) – Batting gloves worn for walk-off grand slam in Game 2 of the 2011 ALCS; jersey from Game 6 of the 2011 ALCS when he hit his sixth home run of the Postseason.
Yu Darvish (Rangers) – Team Japan jersey and spikes worn in the 2009 WBC; Rangers cap issued for 2014 season.
Aaron Judge (Yankees) – Bat used in major league debut on Aug. 13, 2016 against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Judge and teammate Tyler Austin hit back-to-back homers in their first career at-bats that day, becoming the first pair of teammates to hit home runs in their first career at-bats in the same game.
Craig Kimbrel (Red Sox) – Spikes worn Aug. 31, 2011 in game with Braves where he recorded his 41st save of the season setting a rookie record.
Corey Kluber (Indians) – Jersey worn on Sept. 6, 2014 when he pitched a complete game for his 14th win of the season. Kluber went on to be named the 2014 Cy Young Award winner in the American League.
Francisco Lindor (Indians) – Spikes worn for road games during the 2016 Postseason, including the 2016 World Series Games 3, 4 and 5.
Andrew Miller (Indians) – Cap worn during ALCS road games en route to ALCS MVP Award.
Mike Moustakas (Royals) – Bat used during 2015 World Series.
Chris Sale (Red Sox) – Jersey worn on July 6, 2015 when he threw a complete game and ended a streak of eight straight starts in which he recorded 10 or more strikeouts, matching Hall of Fame Class of 2015 electee Pedro Martínez as the only two pitchers in history to accomplish the feat (since matched again by Sale in 2017).
Ervin Santana (Twins) – Angels jersey used during his no-hitter on July 27, 2011 over the Cleveland Indians.
Justin Smoak (Blue Jays) – Bat used as member of Team USA by during the gold medal game of the 2009 Baseball World Cup played Sept. 27, 2009 in Nettuno, Italy.
Mike Trout (Angels) – Cap and spikes worn during the 2012 season en route to AL Rookie of the Year Award; spikes worn when he hit for the cycle, May 21, 2013; cap worn during 2014 All-Star Game when he was named MVP; bat used during 2015 All-Star Game when he was named MVP.
Zack Greinke (Diamondbacks) – Road jersey worn on Sept. 27, 2009, when he earned his 16th victory of the season en route to the AL Cy Young Award.
Bryce Harper (Nationals) – Bat used to hit three home runs in a game on May 6, 2015, against the Miami Marlins.
Ender Inciarte (Braves) – Batting helmet worn on April 14, 2017, while recording the first hit, run, and later home run of the opening game in Atlanta’s new SunTrust Park.
Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers) – Jersey worn on July 7, 2011, when he recorded his ninth win of the season; spikes worn during the 2013 season when he won his second NL Cy Young Award with a major league-best 1.83 ERA.
Daniel Murphy (Nationals) – Mets road jersey worn in Game 5 of the 2015 NLDS played Oct. 15, 2015 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Yadier Molina (Cardinals) – Catchers mask worn during 2006 season and World Series.