Former Phillies stars recall favorite All-Star memories

Former Phillies stars recall favorite All-Star memories

Former Phillies stars recall favorite All-Star memories
Former Phillies and other Major League stars discuss their favorite All-Star Game memories.

Larry Andersen
"Fondest All-Star Game memory? Easy, spending three days off in Ocean City, N.J."

Bob Boone (1976; 1978-79; 1983)
"1976 game in Philly. My first. Will never forget the ovation that the Phillie fans gave us during the pregame introductions. I still get emotional when I think about it."

Larry Bowa (1974-75-76; 1978-79)
"Was on five All-Star teams, but playing in Philly in 1976, without a doubt, is my greatest memory. The crowd was awesome and the infield was [Mike] Schmidt, me and Dave Cash. Great feeling playing at the Vet in front of your home crowd."

Dave Cash (1974-75-76)
"Sitting on the bench at the Vet in 1976 next to Tony Perez while Steve Garvey [first base] and Joe Morgan started [second base] at our positions. Sparky Anderson was the manager and Tony kept pestering him, 'Sparky, when are you going to let Dave and me play?' Did eventually get in the game, singled and scored on Cesar Cedeno's home run."

Darren Daulton (1992-93; 1995)
"Sitting in the dugout during the celebrity game with Michael Jordan and Bob Costas at Camden Yards [1993]. Jordan just hit and didn't drive in the runners on base. When he came back to the dugout, I told him he needs to keep his day job. Costas started laughing and Jordan said, 'Are you kidding me? You and Joe Carter haven't driven in a run in nine games.'"

David Doster
"I got called up to the Phillies in 1996 right before the All-Star Game. Kim [wife], Owen [son], Kim's brother and I went to the festivities, including the Home Run Derby and game. We were on the lower level concourse for the Home Run Derby and couldn't see Mark McGwire's home runs landed in the upper deck. We had a blast. The next week, I was back at the Vet playing on the same field as those All-Stars."

Jim Fregosi (1964; 1966-70; Manager-1994)
"I actually have two fond memories. I led off the game in Houston [1968] with a double against Don Drysdale. The second, managing the 1994 NL team to a win in Three Rivers Stadium."

Kevin Gross (1988)
"My best memory is being selected to the 1988 All-Star team, along with my great teammate and friend, Lance Parrish. I pitched one inning [Riverfront Stadium] and faced three great players -- Dave Winfield, Cal Ripken and Jose Canseco, retiring them in order. What a great memory. I will always cherish being part of baseball's best in 1988."

Von Hayes (1989)
"Getting a base hit and driving in a run in my only at-bat. Afterward, getting calls from all my friends telling me they were interviewing a pitcher on the American League team during the game [Anaheim] and they didn't show my hit. Oh, well, I still have a 1.000 average as an All-Star."

Al Holland (1984)
"I would have to say that my fondest memory would be when I was selected to the 1984 All-Star team with the Phillies. Although I did not get to pitch in the game, being selected was a great honor. The game was played at Candlestick Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, my former team. It was an absolute thrill to be a teammate with so many great ball players, even if only for one day."

Jim Kaat (1962; 1966; 1975)
"Facing Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente, Hank Aaron, Willie McCovey, Dick Allen, Ron Santo and Joe Torre in 1966 ... on a 110-degree day in St. Louis."

John Kruk (1991-93)
"Striking out twice in three at-bats in Camden Yards [1993]. Everybody remembers one of them, against Randy Johnson. I didn't have a chance. All I wanted to do is escape with my life."

Mike Lieberthal (1999-2000)
"The first year, it was so exciting to be among the best players in the game. Batted once and was hitless. The next year, I got a hit off Mariano Rivera and scored. Can't beat that for a great memory."

Greg Luzinski (1975-78)
"My first at-bat in Yankee Stadium came in an All-Star Game [1977] and I hit a two-run homer to right field off Jim Palmer."

Art Mahaffey (1961 [both]-62)
"First of all, it was such a great honor to be picked to play in an All-Star Game. The players voted for you back in those days, so it was all the players in the National League that voted and picked me. Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Warren Spahn, me and five other pitchers in 1961. Imagine the thrill to be picked along with those names. Bob Gibson and Juan Marichal were not picked.

"I pitched two hitless innings in Fenway Park in the second game in 1961 and faced Norm Cash, Rocky Colavito, Al Kaline, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Luis Aparicio, and Johnny Temple."
Note: For four years starting in 1959, there were two All-Star Games played.

Tim McCarver (1966-67)
"Scoring the winning run in the 1966 game that was played in St. Louis. Something I'll always remember."

Juan Samuel (1984; 1987; 1991)
"As a rookie in 1984, I was selected for the game that was played in San Francisco. There were eight other All-Stars from the Dominican Republic, so we had a 'team photo' taken. I still have that photo in my home. The manager was Paul Owens and my manager didn't get me in the game [laughing]. After the game, the spread included a big pile of Dungeness crabs. Since I didn't get to play in the game, that was my fondest memory, pigging out on crabs."

Ryne Sandberg (1984-93)
"Getting to start in my first All-Star Game in 1984. I wanted to be an All-Star every year."

Curt Schilling (1997-99)
"Telling Alex Rodriguez in batting practice the day before the 2002 game that when he hit in game, I was going to throw him nothing but my best fastball. Then, doing it."

Mike Schmidt (1974; 1976-77; 1979-84; 1986-87; 1989)
"Game-winning home run in 1981 off Rollie Fingers, a two-run shot over the center field fence at Cleveland Stadium in the top of the eighth, a 5-4 win for our manager, Dallas Green."

Bobby Shantz (1951-52; 1957)
"1952 game at Shibe Park and striking out Whitey Lockman, Jackie Robinson and Stan Musial in the fifth inning."

Curt Simmons (1952-53; 1957)
"I was in three games and started two -- 1952 and 1957. For some reason, I was late getting to the park (1952). Leo Durocher was the manager. 'Curt, we're going over the hitters. Robbie [Robin Roberts] pitched two days ago, so you're starting,' he said. I pitched three scoreless innings. In 1957, I started in St. Louis against Jim Bunning. I got through the first inning, but walked Ted Williams and Yogi Berra to start the second inning. Walter Alston came to the mound and took me out."

Frank Sullivan (1955-56)
"I was selected twice while with the Red Sox and each time I didn't have to pitch."

Tony Taylor (1960, both)
"Being able to participate in the game with all the best players, especially the Latin American stars. We all share our memories."

Rick Wise (1971; 1973)
"My first game in the old Tigers Stadium. Sat in the bullpen the whole game, but got a great view of Reggie Jackson's home run into the light tower in right field."

Larry Shenk is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.