All-Stars Headed to New York City Already Have a Place in Cooperstown
34 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.
Thirty-four of the 68 All-Stars named to date to the July 16 Mid-Summer Classic in New York City 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 2013 All-Star Game roster with artifacts in the Museum’s collection include:
Clay Buchholz (Red Sox) – Ball and cap from Sept. 1, 2007 no-hitter
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
Robinson Cano (Yankees) – Bat used when he became one of three Yankees to hit grand slams in an Aug. 25, 2011 game
Bartolo Colon (Athletics) – Team Dominican Republic cap worn by Colon during 2006 World Baseball Classic
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
Chris Davis (Orioles) – Cap from May 6, 2012 game when the Orioles’ slugger recorded a win on the mound in a 17-inning game against the Red Sox
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
Felix Hernandez (Mariners) – Cap from Team Venezuela at 2009 World Baseball Classic; Jersey and game-used ball from Aug. 15, 2012 perfect game
Hisashi Iwakuma (Mariners) – Cap worn by Iwakuma during final game of 2009 World Baseball Classic, which Iwakuma started for Japan
Torii Hunter (Tigers) – Glove used by nine-time Gold Glove Award outfielder during 2004 season
Joe Mauer (Twins) – Game-used bats from 2006 and 2008 when the Twins catcher won AL batting titles
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
Dustin Pedroia (Red Sox) – Bat from 2007 World Series when Pedroia led off Game 1 of the Fall Classic with a homer
Mariano Rivera (Yankees) – Spikes worn during 1999 World Series, where Rivera was named MVP; Cap worn during 2000 World Series; Cap worn July 16, 2006 when he recorded his 400th career save; Jersey worn at 2008 All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium; Cap worn during 2009 World Series
Mike Trout (Angels) – Cap and spikes worn by the Angels’ star during his 2012 AL Rookie of the Year season
Justin Verlander (Tigers) – Ball from 2007 no-hitter; ball from 2011 no-hitter; and jersey from 20th win on Aug. 27, 2011
Carlos Beltran (Cardinals) – Astros jersey from 2004 postseason when he hit eight home runs; Cap worn while with Team Puerto Rico in the 2009 World Baseball Classic
Madison Bumgarner (Giants) – Cap worn during his win in Game 4 of the 2010 World Series
Allen Craig (Cardinals) – Bat used to hit go-ahead home run in Game 7 of 2011 World Series
Michael Cuddyer (Rockies) – Bat used to hit sixth-inning triple on May 22, 2009 when Cuddyer hit for the cycle
Matt Harvey (Mets) – Baseball from the 2006 Goodwill Games played in Cooperstown on Aug. 30, 2006 between the Japan High School All-Star Team and the Northeast U.S. All-Star Team; Teams split a doubleheader and ball was signed by the four starting pitchers: Yuki Saito and Enoshita Yodai from Japan and Matt Harvey and Brian Dupra from Team USA
Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers) – Jersey from his 2011 Cy Young Award season
Craig Kimbrel (Braves) – Spikes worn during Aug. 31, 2011 game when he set a rookie record with his 41st save
Cliff Lee (Phillies) – Indians road jersey from 2008 season when Lee won AL Cy Young Award; Ball signed by Lee after winning first game at the new Yankee Stadium on April 16, 2009; Ball used during Game 1 of 2009 World Series, which Lee started; Cap worn by Lee during 2009 World Series
Andrew McCutchen (Pirates) – Road jersey from 2012 season; Ball hit by McCutchen for first out of the game on June 8, 2010 during big league debut of Washington’s Stephen Strasburg
Yadier Molina (Cardinals) – Catchers mask worn during 2006 season and World Series
Brandon Phillips (Reds) – Team USA jersey worn during World Baseball Classic Round 1 game against Mexico on march 8, 2013
Buster Posey (Giants) – Catcher’s mask and spikes from the 2010 World Series
Marco Scutaro (Giants) – Spikes worn during 2012 postseason and World Series
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
Joey Votto (Reds) – Bat from his May 13, 2012 walk-off grand slam as part of a three-homer game
Adam Wainwright (Cardinals) – Cap worn during first Civil Rights Game on Mach 31, 2007 in Memphis, Tenn.
David Wright (Mets) – Bat used to collect game-winning hit for Team USA against Puerto Rico on March 17, 2009 at World Baseball Classic
The connection between the All-Star Game and Cooperstown may best be summed up in one game: The 1934 Mid-Summer Classic 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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