Bowling Green native and Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Corey Hart introduced himself to casual baseball fans last night with his impressive home run derby first-round, but he’ll look to add to his reputation tonight when he starts the MLB All-Star game for the National League. Tonight marks Hart’s second all-star selection putting him in an exclusive club of Kentuckians with multiple all-star appearances. Check out that state and others below in an All-Star edition of facts and figures:
- In total, 16 players born in Kentucky have been selected as MLB all-stars.
- Just 11 have been selected to multiple all-star teams.
- Hall-of-famer Pee Wee Reese leads all Kentuckians with 10 all-star selections.
- Ashland native and Arizona Diamondbacks right-handed pitcher Brandon Webb leads active Kentuckians with three selections.
- Florida Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla, born in Louisville, and Colorado Rockies right-handed pitcher Aaron Cook, born in Fort Campbell, are the other active Kentuckian all-stars.
- Former MLB outfielder David Justice, who was born in Cincinnati but attended high school in Covington and college at Thomas More was selected to three all-star games.
- Webb (UK), Justice and Paul Derringer (Georgetown College) are the only alumni of Kentucky colleges to be selected as all-stars.
Check out the full list of all-stars born in Kentucky with number of appearances below with active players in italics:
- Pee Wee Reese — 10
- Jim Bunning — 9
- Paul Derringer — 6
- Travis Fryman — 5
- Stan Spence — 4
- Gus Bell — 4
- Brandon Webb — 3
- Dan Uggla — 2
- Mike Greenwell — 2
- Woodie Fryman — 2
- Corey Hart — 2
- Aaron Cook — 1
- Len Barker — 1
- Jay Buhner — 1
- Vern Bickford — 1
- Paul Byrd — 1
* Stats are via Baseball-Reference.com