Kentucky All-Star Game Facts and Figures

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Pee Wee Reese baseball card

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

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BluGrass Baseball Record Book: Home Runs

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Photo by angela n. via Flickr

Photo by angela n. via Flickr

We started the Record Book series almost three weeks ago with home runs. Now that the 2009 season is over that list looks a little different. Since Diamondbacks third baseman and Pikeville-native Mark Reynolds finished the season with 44 home runs he joins Jay Buhner as a single-season Kentucky home run record holder. I’ve included the career list again which should change in 2010 since Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla is five home runs from cracking the top five. Austin Kearns could also crack the top five with a 20-home run season in 2010. Reynolds is currently 13th on the list with 89 home runs.

Top Five Home Run Seasons

  1. Mark Reynolds — 2009 — 44/Jay Buhner — 1996 — 44
  2. Jay Buhner — 1997 — 40/Jay Buhner — 1995 — 40
  3. Brad Wilkerson — 2004 — 32/Dan Uggla — 2008 — 32

Career Home Run Leaders

  1. Jay Buhner — 1987-2001 — 310
  2. Travis Fryman — 1990-2002 — 223
  3. Gus Bell — 1950-1964 — 206
  4. Mike Greenwell — 1985-1996 — 130
  5. Pee Wee Reese — 1940-1958 — 126


    Bluegrass natives eligible for All-Time 9 Teams

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    SI Cover March 18, 1996

    SI Cover March 18, 1996

    MLB.com and Major League Baseball are running a new promotion where fans can vote on the All-Time 9 Team for each franchise.  The concept is simple, fans are offered a selection of the best individual season at each position in franchise history and vote for their favorite, in much the same way they vote for the All-Star team. A few Kentucky natives are eligible for the voting in case your interested:

    • Arizona Diamondbacks — Brandon Webb — SP — (2008) .149, 11 RBI
    • Arizona Diamondbacks — Mark Reynolds — 3B –(2009) .263, 44 HR, 101 RBI
    • Atlanta Braves — Bill Sweeney — 1B — (1912) .344, 1 HR, 100 RBI
    • Cincinnati Reds — Gus Bell — OF — (1953) .300, 30 HR, 105 RBI
    • Detroit Tigers — Bobby Veach — OF — (1921) .338, 16 HR, 128 RBI
    • Florida Marlins — Dan Uggla — 2B — (2008) .260, 32 HR, 92 RBI
    • Los Angeles Dodgers — Pee Wee Reese — SS — (1949) .279, 16 HR, 73 RBI
    • Seattle Mariners — Jay Buhner — OF — (1996) .271, 44 HR, 138 RBI
    • Washington Nationals — Austin Kearns — OF — (2007) .266, 16 HR, 74 RBI

    BluGrass Baseball Record Book: RBI

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    Bobby Veach

    Bobby Veach

    In the third installment of the BluGrass Baseball Record book we look at RBI.  While RBI have come under fire from sabermatricians of late, they are still recognized as one of the three big offensive stats by most casual baseball fans.  Remember, we’re using the “Lincoln Rule” which says a player must have been born in Kentucky to qualify for the record book.

    Career RBI Leaders

    1. Bobby Veach — 1912-1925 — 1166
    2. Travis Fryman — 1990-2002 — 1022
    3. Fred Pfeffer — 1882-1897 — 1019
    4. Jay Buhner — 1987-2001 — 965
    5. Gus Bell — 1950 — 1964 — 942

    Single Season RBI Leaders

    1. Jay Buhner — 1996 — 138
    2. Bobby Veach — 1921 — 128
    3. Bobby Veach — 1922 — 126
    4. Jay Buhner — 1995 — 121
    5. Gus Bell — 1959 — 115

    BluGrass Baseball Record Book: Hits

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    Hall of Famer Earle Combs

    Hall of Famer Earle Combs

    In the second installment of the record book series we’ll look at Kentucky’s all-time hits leaders for a career and single-season.  Remember we’re following the “Lincoln Rule,” so all players have to have been born in Kentucky.

    Career Hits Leaders

    1. Pee Wee Reese — 1940-1958 — 2170
    2. Bobby Veach — 1912-1925 — 2063
    3. Earle Combs — 1924-1935 — 1866
    4. Gus Bell — 1950-1964 — 1823
    5. Travis Fryman — 1990-2002 — 1776

    Single-Season Hits Leaders

    1. Earle Combs — 1927 — 231
    2. Bobby Veach — 1921 — 207
    3. Bill Sweeney — 1912 — 204
    4. Earle Combs — 1925 — 203
    5. Earle Combs — 1929 — 202/Bobby Veach — 1922 — 202