Showing what a difference a year can make, Reggie Jackson of the Athletics and Cleon Jones of the Mets will wear All-Star uniforms in Washington July 22 after they failed to receive even a single vote in the poll of the players in 1968. Sal Bando, the Athletics’ third baseman, was another player who came out of 1968 obscurity to win an All-Star berth. Bando got three votes last year, but this year wrested the position from Brooks Robinson of the Orioles, a perennial All-Star.
The eight starting regulars for each league were announced by Commissioner Bowie Kuhn. The Cubs succeeded in placing two of their four infielders, shortstop Don Kessinger and third baseman Ron Santo, on the N.L.’s starting team. In one of the closer races, second baseman Glenn Beckert of the Cubs lost out to Felix Millan of the Braves. First baseman Willie McCovey rounds out the infield, and the senior circuit garden will be patrolled by Willie Mays of the Giants, Hank Aaron of the Braves, and Jones. Johnny Bench of the Reds was named the N.L. starter at catcher, but he will not be able to play unless he can get special leave from Army Reserves duties at Fort Knox, Ky.
The A.L.’s starting infield will be comprised of first baseman Boog Powell of the Orioles, second baseman Rod Carew of the Twins, and shortstop Rico Petrocelli of the Red Sox, with Bando at third. Jackson, Frank Robinson of the Orioles, and home run leader Frank Howard of the Senators will open the game in the outfield. Bill Freehan of the Tigers will be the league’s starting catcher for the fifth consecutive year.
The rest of the American All-Stars were named by Detroit manager Mayo Smith who named two of his starters, Denny McLain and Mickey Lolich, to make the trip to D.C. Dave McNally and Mike Cuellar of the Orioles. Dave Boswell of the Twins, Sam McDowell of the Indians, Fritz Peterson of the Yankees, Blue Moon Odom of the A’s, and Andy Messersmith of the Angels make up Smith’s moundsmen. The bench will consist of catcher Harmon Killebrew of the Twins, Carl Yastrzemski of the Red Sox, Joe Azcue of the Angels, Paul Blair, Davey Johnson, and Brooks Robinson of the Orioles, second baseman Jerry Adair of the expansion Royals and shortstop Eddie Brinkman of the home town Senators. Rookie sensation Carlos May of the White Sox will also be on the team. Seattle’s lone representative was tabbed to be leading batsman Mike Hegan, but he will be replaced by teammate Don Mincher due to injury.
The Nationals will have catcher Randy Hundley, second baseman Glenn Beckert and Ernie Banks of the Cubs, Tony Perez of the Reds, Denis Menke of the Astros, Matty Alou and Roberto Clemente of the Pirates, and Rusty Staub representing the expansion Expos. The hurlers available for manager Red Schoendienst are Bob Gibson and Steve Carlton of his Cardinals, Phil Niekro of the Braves and author of the latest no-hitter in baseball, Tom Seaver and Jerry Koosman of the Mets, Juan Marichal of the Giants, Bill Singer of the Dodgers, Denny Lemaster and Larry Dierker of the Astros, Grant Jackson of the Phillies and lefty Dick Kelley of the expansion Padres.