Runs Batted In (RBI)
There have been 683 runs batted in over the course of All-star game history. The American League accounts for 345 RBI and the National League is right behind with 338. Ted Williams (12) leads all batters, followed by Fred Lynn (10), Stan Musial (10), Willie Mays (9).
As I previously pointed out, each league has won 43 games. There are six players who have won more than one All-star game. Lefty Gomez (3) leads the list followed by Bob Friend, Bruce Sutter, Don Drysdale, Juan Marichal, and Vida Blue each with two wins.
Pitchers struck out 1257 batters in the 88 previous games. The National League leads the way with 667 strikeouts and the American league accounted for 590. Don Drysdale (19), Tom Seaver (16), Jim Palmer (14), Bob Feller (13), Catfish Hunter (13), and Jim Bunning (13) round out the pitchers with the most strikeouts.
As I was going through the data, I couldn’t help but reminisce about the players who I grew up watching and collecting their baseball cards. Steve Carlton, Pete Rose, Mike Schmidt, Rod Carew, Fred Lynn, Carl Yastrzemski, Gary Carter, and Steve Garvey to name a few. My 14-year-old son likes to play this game with me where he says, “Who’s your all-time team?” or “Who’s the greatest….” No matter the sport, I am usually drawn to the players from my youth. And, as such, he goes right to the current players. So, let’s play the game. Use the comments section to tell me who makes your all-time team. Here’s a link to the app.Photo credit: Al_HikesAZ via Foter.com / CC BY-NC