All-Stars Headed to Kansas City Already Have a Place in Cooperstown

Almost Half of This Year’s All-Star Game Participants Are Represented by Artifacts at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

July 06, 2012
These artifacts from Matt Cain's perfect game on June 13, 2012 are among the newest to the Hall of Fame (Milo Stewart Jr./NBHOF Library)

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.

More than 45 percent the 68 All-Stars named to the July 10 Mid-Summer Classic in Kansas City, Mo., are represented in Cooperstown by artifacts in the Hall of Fame’s permanent collection. The Museum’s unparalleled archive features nearly 40,000 three-dimensional artifacts, each telling a memorable story from the National Pastime’s glorious history.

Members of the 2012 All-Star Game roster with artifacts in the Museum’s collection include:

American League
Adrian Beltre (Rangers) – Bat used to hit grand slam on May 21, 2000; Team Dominican Republic jersey from 2006 World Baseball Classic; Jersey from Game 4 of 2011 ALDS
Billy Butler (Royals) – Cap from Sept, 26, 2009 game when he hit his 50th double of the season
Miguel Cabrera (Tigers) – Batting helmet from Team Venezuela from the 2009 World Baseball Classic
Robinson Cano (Yankees) – Bat used when he became one of three Yankees to hit grand slams in an Aug. 25, 2011 game
Yu Darvish (Rangers) – Spikes from 2009 World Baseball Classic
Prince Fielder (Tigers) – Jersey from 2011 All-Star Game; bat used by Fielder when he became the youngest player to hit 50 home runs in a season in 2007
Curtis Granderson (Yankees) – Jersey from 2007 season and a 2011 bat
Josh Hamilton (Rangers) – Bat used when he hit four home runs in a game on May 8, 2012
Felix Hernandez (Mariners) – Cap from Team Venezuela at 2009 World Baseball Classic
Derek Jeter (Yankees) – Yankees shortstop has more than a dozen artifacts in the collection, including his batting helmet and gloves from his 3,000th hit on July 9, 2011
Ian Kinsler (Rangers) – Bat from his 6-for-6 game on April 15, 2009
Joe Mauer (Twins) – Bat and jersey from the 2009 season, when he won his third AL batting title
David Ortiz (Red Sox) – 2004 Red Sox home World Series jersey; batting helmet used in 2005 when he set the single-season home run record for a designated hitter; and spikes from when he set the all-time home run record for a DH on Sept. 15, 2009
CC Sabathia (Yankees) – Spikes worn at first game at new Yankee Stadium on April 16, 2009
Justin Verlander (Tigers) – Ball from 2007 no-hitter; ball from 2011 no-hitter; and jersey from 20th win on Aug. 27, 2011
Jered Weaver (Angels) – Ball from June 20, 2009 when brothers Jered and Jeff Weaver opposed each other on mound; ball and jersey from May 2, 2012 no-hitter

National League
Carlos Beltran (Cardinals)
– Jersey from 2004 postseason; cap worn while with Team Puerto Rico in the 2009 World Baseball Classic
Melky Cabrera (Giants) – Batting helmet from when he hit for the cycle on Aug. 2, 2009
Matt Cain (Giants) – Ball, cap, spikes, first base and dirt from the pitching mound from his June 13, 2012 perfect game
David Freese (Cardinals) – Game-worn jersey and bat from his Game 6 walk-off home run in the 2011 World Series
Rafael Furcal (Cardinals) – Cap from his unassisted triple play on Aug. 10, 2003
Cole Hamels (Phillies) – 2008 World Series jersey
Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers) – Jersey from his 2011 Cy Young Award season
Craig Kimbrel (Braves) – Spikes from his rookie record 41st save in 2011
Jonathan Papelbon (Phillies) – Glove from the 2007 season
Buster Posey (Giants) – Catcher’s mask and spikes from the 2010 World Series
Giancarlo Stanton (Marlins) – Batting helmet from the final “Florida” Marlins game on Sept. 28, 2011
Stephen Strasburg (Nationals) – Cap worn in his big league debut on June 8, 2010
Dan Uggla (Braves) – Bat from 2008 when he became one of four Marlins with at least 25 home runs
Joey Votto (Reds) – Bat from his May 13, 2012 walk-off grand slam as part of a three-homer game
David Wright (Mets) – Bat from Team USA from the 2009 World Baseball Classic

Class of 2012 Hall of Fame members Barry Larkin and Ron Santo each left an indelible mark on the All-Star Game in their stellar big league careers. Larkin was named to 12 All-Star Games (only Luis Aparicio, Derek Jeter, Cal Ripken Jr. and Ozzie Smith have been selected to more All-Star Games as shortstops), while Santo made nine All-Star appearances. The Class of 2012 will be enshrined July 20-23 during Hall of Fame Weekend in Cooperstown, with the Induction Ceremony scheduled for 1:30 p.m. ET on July 22.

The connection between the All-Star Game and Cooperstown may best be summed up in one game: The 1934 contest at the Polo Grounds in New York. Counting players, managers and umpires, 31 future Hall of Famers took the field that day – the single game in baseball history that featured the most future Hall of Famers.

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