#Shortstops: Bump in the Vote
But three months into his first full big league campaign, Garr had become a national name – thanks to his hot-hitting ways and a lot of work by the Atlanta Braves’ public relations team.
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Garr, however, did not receive enough votes to earn a spot on the team when balloting ended June 30. Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Willie Stargell started the All-Star Game in the outfield for the NL, with Bobby Bonds, Lou Brock, Roberto Clemente, Willie Davis, Pete Rose and Rusty Staub selected as reserve outfielders.
Garr, who was hitting .325 with 62 runs scored at the All-Star break, was left off the roster.
“It would be wonderful to play in the All-Star Game, but I can understand being left off the ballot,” Garr told the Associated Press in June. “I was up and down (to the minors in 1970).”
Garr would finish the 1971 season hitting .343 with 219 hits and 101 runs scored, earning back-of-the-ballot support in the NL Most Valuable Player voting. He would get his long-deserved All-Star Game spot in 1974 when he led the NL with a .353 batting average and 214 hits.
Over 13 big league seasons, Garr hit .306, scored 717 runs and stole 172 bases – and only 39 players in the game’s history posted more 200-hit seasons than Garr (who had three).
An artifact from the first of those seasons never found its way onto a car bumper – but has a permanent home in Cooperstown.
Craig Muder is the director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum