1968 All Stars Announced

Filed under All Star Game
June 28, 1968

Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox and Bill Freehan of the Detroit Tigers led the voting and were joined by three other repeaters from 1967 on an American League All Star team that is long on power and short on defense. Also named to the Americans’ starting lineup were first baseman Harmon Killebrew and second baseman Rod Carew of the Minnesota Twins, shortstop Luis Aparicio of the Chicago White Sox, third baseman Brooks Robinson of the Orioles, and outfielders Willie Horton of the Tigers and Frank Howard of the Washington Senators. Yastrzemski, the AL’s most valuable player and triple crown winner of 1967, received 246 of a possible 22 votes and Freehan, the inspirational leader of the Tigers, got 248 of a possible 251 in the voting by AL players, managers and coaches. Every starter except Carew is an authentic home run threat, but Killebrew, Carew, Horton and Howard are considered below par defensively by All Star standards. Defense could be a problem for the Americans in the unfamiliar surroundings of the Astrodome where the Astroturf infield often is compared to a billiard table and outfielders sometimes have trouble tracking fly balls because of the indoor stadium’s ceiling.

The National League’s lineup previously announced is composed of catcher Jerry Grote of the New York Mets, first baseman Willie McCovey of the San Francisco Giants, Julian Javier of the St. Louis Cardinals, shortstop Gene Alley of the Pittsburgh Pirates, third baseman Ron Santo of the Chicago Cubs, and outfielders Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves, Willie Mays of the Giants, and Curt Flood of the Cardinals. Red Schoendienst named his ace Bob Gibson has the starting pitcher for the Nationals. The reserves selected by the Cardinals manger are shortstop Dal Maxvill, and pitcher Steve Carlton of the Cardinals, outfielder Felipe Alou of the Braves, his brother, Matty Alou of the Pirates, outfielder Pete Rose, third baseman Tony Perez, and second baseman Tommy Helms of the Reds, outfielder Jim Ray Hart and pitcher Jim Marichal of the Giants, outfielder Richie Allen of the Phillies, second baseman Glenn Beckert of the Cubs, pitcher Don Drysdale, 1966 All Star hero catcher Tom Haller and pitcher Bill Singer of the Dodgers, the Mets’ pitching duo of Tom Seaver and Jerry Koosman, and the home team’s sole representative first baseman Rusty Staub of the Astros.

Tigers’ manager Mayo Smith named his ace Denny McLain as the American League starter. As his reserves, Smith selected pitcher Earl Wilson and second baseman Dick McAuliffe of the Tigers, catcher Joe Azcue and pitchers Sam McDowell and Luis Tiant of the Indians, a first-time All Star trio of pitcher Blue Moon Odom, outfielder Rick Monday and shortstop Bert Campaneris from the Athetics, outfielder Mickey Mantle and pitcher Mel Stottlemyre of the Yankees, outfielders Ken Harrelson and Reggie Smith of the Red Sox, pitcher Tommy John and catcher Duane Josephson of the White Sox, first baseman Boog Powell of the Orioles, outfielder Tony Oliva of the Twins, and outfielder Rick Reichardt of the Angels.

edit: Stats as of July 7, 1968
Starters in Bold
Injured Players in italics
Team roster -- American League Name P Age AVG OBP SPC AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB Duane Josephson c 26 .239 .286 .314 226 13 54 11 0 2 22 1 Joe Azcue c 28 .341 .375 .419 167 13 57 4 0 3 17 0 Bill Freehan c 26 .275 .349 .460 287 42 79 16 2 11 52 0 Boog Powell 1b 26 .275 .335 .446 316 47 87 9 3 13 42 5 Harmon Killebrew 1b 32 .176 .300 .397 272 41 48 7 1 17 41 0 Mickey Mantle 1b 36 .244 .398 .429 238 41 58 12 1 10 25 4 Dick McAuliffe 2b 28 .234 .339 .406 303 54 71 14 4 10 23 6 Rod Carew 2b 22 .228 .286 .262 206 16 47 5 1 0 12 7 Brooks Robinson 3b 31 .255 .301 .403 318 34 81 14 3 9 39 0 Luis Aparicio ss 34 .257 .302 .322 307 31 79 10 2 2 17 14 Bert Campaneris ss 26 .245 .296 .327 327 51 80 14 5 1 18 36 Carl Yastrzemski lf 28 .279 .415 .441 290 60 81 18 1 9 47 6 Rick Reichardt lf 25 .290 .349 .487 269 37 78 11 0 14 42 2 Willie Horton lf 25 .276 .350 .530 268 48 74 9 1 19 54 1 Frank Howard lf 31 .310 .377 .570 300 44 93 12 3 20 56 0 Reggie Smith cf 23 .314 .399 .503 296 44 93 28 2 8 46 15 Rick Monday cf 22 .342 .426 .500 234 27 80 13 3 6 31 11 Ken Harrelson rf 26 .258 .336 .464 248 31 64 11 2 12 51 2 Tony Oliva rf 27 .284 .351 .439 303 51 86 15 4 8 33 6 Total 27.5 .269 .346 .429 5175 725 1390 233 38 174 668 116 Name T Age ERA W L S INN H ER BB K Tommy John L 25 2.04 8 3 0 106.0 77 24 27 74 Sam McDowell L 25 2.13 9 8 0 147.2 94 35 47 163 Denny McLain R 24 1.86 15 4 0 184.0 131 38 35 150 Blue Moon Odom R 23 1.83 8 3 0 113.0 77 23 35 86 Mel Stottlemyre R 26 2.02 9 5 0 151.2 111 34 29 74 Luis Tiant R 27 1.71 11 5 0 152.1 97 29 35 144 Earl Wilson R 33 2.49 11 3 0 115.2 101 32 47 94 Total 26.1 1.99 71 31 0 970.1 688 215 255 785 Team roster -- National League Name P Age AVG OBP SPC AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB Tom Haller c 31 .215 .266 .310 261 21 56 14 4 1 24 0 Jerry Grote c 25 .261 .323 .315 241 18 63 10 0 1 20 0 Rusty Staub 1b 24 .308 .369 .412 318 36 98 16 1 5 33 1 Willie McCovey 1b 30 .313 .397 .566 265 52 83 8 4 17 53 1 Glenn Beckert 2b 27 .271 .305 .319 329 36 89 10 0 2 15 2 Tommy Helms 2b 27 .265 .294 .342 310 24 82 14 2 2 20 5 Julian Javier 2b 31 .291 .314 .412 296 33 86 12 3 6 33 1 Ron Santo 3b 28 .282 .383 .486 294 42 83 9 3 15 45 1 Tony Perez 3b 26 .265 .309 .446 325 36 86 10 2 15 52 0 Jim Ray Hart 3b 26 .308 .351 .553 295 42 91 11 5 17 64 0 Gene Alley ss 27 .232 .307 .304 250 20 58 8 2 2 22 2 Dal Maxvill ss 29 .259 .321 .305 243 22 63 4 2 1 17 1 Roberto Pena ss 31 .317 .388 .366 186 14 59 3 0 2 11 1 Billy Williams lf 30 .292 .345 .492 329 44 96 17 5 13 43 3 Richie Allen lf 26 .255 .350 .481 239 40 61 9 6 11 32 2 Felipe Alou cf 33 .297 .348 .391 340 45 101 14 3 4 27 7 Matty Alou cf 29 .311 .363 .374 235 26 73 8 2 1 14 7 Willie Mays cf 37 .254 .337 .447 284 48 72 7 3 14 40 3 Curt Flood cf 30 .285 .328 .339 330 38 94 8 2 2 37 4 Hank Aaron rf 34 .257 .300 .407 334 38 86 17 3 9 46 10 Pete Rose rf 27 .326 .388 .450 331 48 108 19 2 6 18 1 Total 29.0 .280 .337 .408 6035 723 1688 228 54 146 666 52 Roberto Pena replaces Gene Alley; Billy Williams replaces Pete Rose Name T Age ERA W L S INN H ER BB K Steve Carlton L 23 1.99 8 4 0 131.1 110 29 32 94 Don Drysdale R 31 1.82 11 8 0 158.0 125 32 37 103 Bob Gibson R 32 1.34 15 3 0 155.0 110 23 33 123 Jerry Koosman L 25 2.55 9 5 0 130.2 117 37 31 88 Juan Marichal R 30 2.60 12 8 0 183.1 174 53 23 117 Tom Seaver R 23 2.43 6 7 0 140.2 112 38 27 99 Bill Singer R 24 2.21 10 5 0 146.2 116 36 46 130 Total 26.9 2.13 71 40 0 1045.2 864 248 229 754

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