All-Stars Headed to Minneapolis Already Have a Place in Cooperstown
26 of This Year’s All-Star Game Participants Are Represented by Artifacts at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
(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.
Twenty-six of the 67 All-Stars named to date to the July 15 Mid-Summer Classic in Minneapolis, Minn., 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 2014 All-Star Game roster with artifacts in the Museum’s collection include:
Jose Abreu (White Sox) – Bat used during April 2014 when he set new rookie records with 10 homers and 32 RBI
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
Adrian Beltre (Rangers) – Bat used to hit one of six grand slams on May 21, 2000; bat used in 2006 World Baseball Classic for Team Dominican Republic; jersey worn on Oct. 4, 2011 when he hit three home runs in an ALDS game
Mark Buehrle (Blue Jays) – Cap worn and game-used ball from his no-hitter on April 18, 2007; game-worn jersey, ball and game-used glove from July 23, 2009 perfect game
Miguel Cabrera (Tigers) – Team Venezuela batting helmet from 2009 World Baseball Classic; bat used to hit home runs No. 39 and 40 during 2012 season; spikes worn on Oct. 3, 2012 when Cabrera clinched the AL Triple Crown; jersey won on Aug. 23, 2013 when he hit his 43rd home run of the season
Robinson Cano (Mariners) – Bat from Aug. 25, 2011 when he became one of three Yankees to hit grand slams in one game
Nelson Cruz (Rangers) – Batting gloves worn when he hit a 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 from final game of 2009 World Baseball Classic, which Japan won; spikes worn by Darvish during 2009 WBC; Rangers cap to commemorate his 500th career strikeout on April 6, 2014
Felix Hernandez (Mariners) – Cap from Team Venezuela at 2009 World Baseball Classic; jersey and game-used ball from Aug. 15, 2012 perfect game
Derek Jeter (Yankees) – The 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
Jon Lester (Red Sox) – Cap worn during Game 4 of 2007 World Series; game ball and spikes worn during May 19, 2008 no-hitter
Alexei Ramirez (White Sox) – Bat used on Aug. 14, 2008 when he hit the third of four consecutive home runs by White Sox batters
Max Scherzer (Tigers) – Jersey from Sept. 20, 2013 when he recorded his 20th win of the season
Mike Trout (Angels) – Cap and spikes worn by the Angels’ star during his 2012 AL Rookie of the Year season; spikes worn when he hit for the cycle on May 21, 2013
Madison Bumgarner (Giants) – Cap worn during his win in Game 4 of the 2010 World Series
Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers) – Jersey from his 2011 Cy Young Award season; spikes worn during 2013 Cy Young Award season; game-used ball from June 18, 2014 no-hitter
Craig Kimbrel (Braves) – Spikes worn during Aug. 31, 2011 game when he set a rookie record with his 41st save
Andrew McCutchen (Pirates) – Road jersey from 2012 season
Yadier Molina (Cardinals) – Catchers mask worn during 2006 season and World Series
Pat Neshek (Cardinals) – Sample of “GJN” patch worn by Oakland A’s during 2012 postseason in memory of Neshek’s infant son Gehrig John Neshek
Hunter Pence (Giants) – Bat used during Game 2 of 2012 World Series
Francisco Rodriguez (Rockies) – Ball from his 50th save of the season on Aug. 24, 2008; ball from his 57th save of the season on Sept. 11, 2008; ball and jersey from his record 58th save on Sept. 13, 2008
Giancarlo Stanton (Marlins) – Spikes worn on Sept. 29, 2013 when he scored the only run of the game on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning to seal the no-hitter of teammate Henderson Alvarez
Troy Tulowitzki (Rockies) – Uniform vest and cap worn when he recorded an unassisted triple play on April 29, 2007; batting gloves from Aug. 10, 2009 used when he hit for the cycle
Chase Utley (Phillies) – Spikes worn during his 35-game hitting streak in 2006; Phillies home jersey from 2007 season; bat used during 2009 World Series when he hit five home runs
Adam Wainwright (Cardinals) – Cap worn during first Civil Rights Game on Mach 31, 2007 in Memphis, Tenn.
Cooperstown-area visitors and Central New Yorkers can watch the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game live from Target Field in style at the popular All-Star Gala at the Museum’s Grandstand Theater on Tuesday, July 15. Fans can enjoy the 8 p.m. game in ballpark seating as they watch Fox’s live television coverage of the 85th Mid-Summer Classic.
Tickets to the All-Star Gala are now available and cost $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Tickets can be reserved in advance by calling the Museum’s Membership Department at 607-547-0397 or by visiting the Membership and Museum Services Desk at the Museum in Cooperstown.