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All-Time Team of Indians All-Stars Who Didn’t Get To Play

2006/07/06

With Travis Hafner about to be snubbed for the second year in a row, I thought I would re-post this Theme Team from my SABR e-mail list. Bruce Brown e-mails these daily from reader contributions, most frequently from Scott Brandon.


Another gem from Scott Brandon of Layton, Utah, a well-known suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. He tells us, “These players were all elected or named to the AL All-Star team, but never played in the Mid-Summer Classic as Indians. Bagby was named twice and did not play either time. Cullenbine, Ferrell, Finley, Grant, Harrah, Justice, LaRoche, Orta, Perry, Rosar and Sutcliffe made it into the game in other years while playing for other teams, but their time as Indians All-Stars was spent on the bench. Al Milnar played only one career game in LF, but with the pitching corps well-stocked already, he takes a spot in the field. Ferrell, the career home run leader among pitchers, gets the nod as pinch-hitter, a position he filled over 200 times during his career. Harrah was the only member of the team to have managed in the Majors, so he pulls double duty as player/manager.”

1b – TITO FRANCONA (1961)
2b – JORGE ORTA (1980)
3b – ROY CULLENBINE (1944)
SS – TOBY HARRAH (1982)
C – BUDDY ROSAR (1943)
LF – AL MILNAR (1940)
CF – ORIS HOCKETT (1944)
RF – DAVID JUSTICE (1997)
PH – WES FERRELL (1933)

Pitching
RH – ORAL HILDEBRAND (1933)
RH – RICK SUTCLIFFE (1983)
RH – JIM PERRY (1961)
LH – JACK KRALICK (1964)
LH – CHUCK FINLEY (2000)
RP – MUDCAT GRANT (1963)
RP – SID MONGE (1979)
RP – JIM BAGBY, JR. (1942-43)
Closer – DAVE LaROCHE (1976)

Mgr – TOBY HARRAH (1982)

Honorable Mention
STEVE HARGAN (1967)
BARRY LATMAN (1961)
KEN SCHROM (1986)
AL SMITH (1943)
DICK STIGMAN (1960)
JAKE WESTBROOK (2004)

ALL CAPS = All-Star (by definition)

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One Comment
  1. 2006/07/07 6:51 pm

    I remember screaming at the TV at in 1982 for Toby Harrah to enter the All-Star Game. The camera kept panning to the end of the bench to show Toby, the only player not used.

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