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

BluGrass Baseball Record Book: Assorted

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Pete Browning

Pete Browning

When compiling the record book I found a number of categories that didn’t fit anywhere else. For instance, what about all-star game appearances? For a long time there wasn’t an all-star game, and a player obviously couldn’t appear in more than one in a season. I wanted to do on-base percentage, but the logistics of compiling the single-season list ended up being too daunting. If I figure it out I’ll still pass it along, but until then here are some record lists that didn’t quite fit in any other post:

Career All-Star Game Appearances

  1. Pee Wee Reese — 1940-1958 — 10
  2. Jim Bunning — 1955-1971 — 9
  3. Paul Derringer — 1931-1945 — 6
  4. Travis Fryman — 1990-2002 — 5
  5. Stan Spence — 1940-1949 — 4/Gus Bell — 1950-1964 — 4

Career On-Base Percentage (Minimum 1000 games)

  1. Pete Browning — 1882-1894 — .403
  2. Earle Combs — 1924-1935 — .397
  3. George Harper — 1916-1929 — .380
  4. Bobby Veach — 1912-1925 — .370
  5. Stan Spence — 1940-1949 — .369

Career Slugging Percentage (Minimum 1000 games)

  1. Jay Buhner — 1987-2001 — .494
  2. Pete Browning — 1882-1894 — .467
  3. Mike Greenwell — 1985-1996 — .463
  4. Earle Combs — 1924-1935 — .462
  5. George Harper — 1916-1929 — .455

Career Winning Percentage (Minimum 200 decisions)

  1. Jesse Tannehill — 1894-1922 — .629
  2. Carl Mays — 1915-1929 — .622
  3. Howie Camnitz — 1904-1915 — .556
  4. Jim Bunning — 1955-1971 — .549
  5. Gus Weyhing — 1887-1901 — .532

BluGrass Baseball Record Book: Complete Games

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Gus Weyhing Baseball Card

Gus Weyhing Baseball Card

Career Complete Games Leaders

  1. Gus Weyhing — 1887-1901 — 448
  2. Jesse Tannehill — 1894-1911 — 263
  3. Red Ehret — 1888-1898 — 260
  4. Paul Derringer — 1931-1945 — 251
  5. Carl Mays — 1915-1929 — 231

Single Season Complete Games Leaders

  1. Gus Weyhing — 1887 — 53
  2. Weyhing — 1891 — 51
  3. Weyhing — 1889 — 50
  4. Weyhing — 1892 — 46
  5. Weyhing — 1888 — 45

BluGrass Baseball Record Book: Strikeouts

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Jim BunningIn the second pitching category of the record book we’ll look at strikeouts. Once again the single-season record book is pretty one-sided, but Brandon Webb has a chance to crack it in the coming years if he rebounds from shoulder surgery. Remember we’re using the “Lincoln Rule” which limits the record book to players born in Kentucky.

Career Strikeouts Leaders

  1. Jim Bunning — 1955-1971 — 2855
  2. Gus Weyhing — 1887-1901 — 1665
  3. Woodie Fryman — 1966-1983 — 1587
  4. Paul Derringer — 1931-1945 — 1507
  5. Don Robinson — 1978-1992 — 1251

Single-Season Strikeouts Leaders

  1. Bunning — 1965 — 268
  2. Bunning — 1967 — 253
  3. Bunning — 1966 — 252
  4. Bunning — 1964 — 219;¬†Weyhing — 1891 — 219
  5. Weyhing — 1889 — 213

Notes: Sen. Bunning and Weyhing are the only Kentucky-born pitchers to record 200 strikeouts in a season. In addition to the six seasons above, Bunning also struck out 201 batters in 1959 and 1960 (he lead the league both seasons), and Weyhing struck out 204 in 1888 and 202 in 1892. ¬†Brandon Webb is the only other Kentucky-born pitcher to record 1,000 strikeouts in a career, and he struck out 194 in 2007. Phillies pitcher Joe Blanton also has a chance to crack the 1,000 strikeouts plateau with 364 more K’s.

BluGrass Baseball Record Book: Wins

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Gus Weyhing Baseball Card
Gus Weyhing Baseball Card

We’ll move to pitching categories in the record book feature, starting with wins.¬† Don’t worry we’ll go back to batting for the average/on-base/slugging categories, I just require a little more time to figue them out. Remember we’re using the “Lincoln Rule” which limits the record book to players born in Kentucky.

Career Wins Leaders

  1. Gus Weyhing — 1887-1901 — 264
  2. Jim Bunning — 1955-1971 — 224
  3. Paul Derringer — 1931-1945 — 223
  4. Carl Mays — 1915-1929 — 207
  5. Jesse Tannehill — 1894-1911 — 197

Single-Season Wins Leaders

  1. Gus Weyhing — 1892 — 32
  2. Gus Weyhing — 1891 — 31
  3. Gus Weyhing — 1890 — 30
  4. Gus Weyhing — 1889 — 30
  5. Gus Weyhing — 1888 — 28
  6. Gus Weyhing — 1887 — 28

Notes: If you were wondering who led Kentucky pitchers in wins after 1900 that would be: Mays (27, 1921) (26; 1920) Derringer (25, 1939); (22, 1935); Brandon Webb (22, 2008); Tannehill (22, 1905); Mays (22, 1917); (21, 1918); Tannehill (21, 1904); Derringer (21, 1938); (20, 1940) Jim Bunning (20, 1957); Mays (20, 1924); Tannehill (20, 1902); (20, 1900)