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Ruth, Gehrig Stars Among Stars All-Time All-Star Team Selected By Baseball Writers

By Associated Press

Best of the best

Sluggers Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, longtime New York Yankees teammates, head the all-time All-Star team selected by a panel of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Gehrig was a runaway winner at first base with 31 first place votes to three for Jimmie Foxx and one for George Sisler. Ruth also received 31 firsts to capture the right-field spot over Hank Aaron, who broke Ruth’s career home run record but had just five first-place votes.

Joining Gehrig in the infield were second baseman Rogers Hornsby, picked over Joe Morgan; shortstop Honus Wagner, chosen ahead of Cal Ripken, Jr.; and third baseman Mike Schmidt, who beat out Brooks Robinson. The other outfielders were Willie Mays, picked in center over Ty Cobb, and Ted Williams in left, chosen ahead of Stan Musial.

Johnny Bench was picked as the catcher over Yogi Berra, and Paul Molitor won the designated hitter slot with Harold Baines finishing second. Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle, who played before the DH rule went into effect in 1973, received votes for the position.

Sandy Koufax was chosen as the left-handed pitcher, edging Warren Spahn by four points in the closest balloting, and Walter Johnson was picked as the right-handed pitcher, five points ahead of Cy Young. Dennis Eckersley won the reliever spot ahead of Rollie Fingers and all-time saves leader Lee Smith.

Casey Stengel was picked as the manager, beating out Joe McCarthy.

The selections were made by the Baseball Writers Association for the Classic Sports Network.

MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: BEST OF THE BEST The all-time All-Star team, selected by a panel of 36 members of the Baseball Writers Association of America for the Classic Sports Network (two points awarded for first-place votes, and one point for second place, with first-place votes in parentheses):

Managers 1, Casey Stengel (6), 22. 2, Joe McCarthy (6), 18. 3, Connie Mack (7), 17. 4, John McGraw (6), 14. 5, Sparky Anderson (3), 11. 6, Leo Durocher (2), 6. 7, Dick Williams (1), 4. 8, Billy Martin (1), 3. 9, tie, Al Lopez (1), Ned Hanlon (1), Whitey Herzog (1), Earl Weaver and Bobby Cox, 2. 9, Tony LaRussa 1.

First Base 1, Lou Gehrig (31), 66 1/2. 2, Jimmie Foxx (3), 19. 3, George Sisler (2), 8. 4, Willie McCovey, 6. 5, Hank Greenberg, 2 1/2. 6, Bill Terry, 2. 7, tie, Stan Musial, Eddie Murray, Mark McGwire, and Frank Thomas 1.

Second Base 1, Rogers Hornsby (17), 44. 2, Joe Morgan (6), 23. 3, Jackie Robinson (6), 15. 4, tie, Charlie Gehringer (4) and Napolean Lajoie (3), 11. 6, Eddie Collins (1), 3. 7, Rod Carew, 2. 8, Ryne Sandberg, 1.

Third Base 1, Mike Schmidt (21), 50. 2, Brooks Robinson (13), 37. 3, Eddie Mathews, 5. 4, George Brett (1), 8. 5, Pie Traynor, 3. 6, Pete Rose (1), 2. 7, tie, Frank Baker, Al Rosen and Wade Boggs, 1.

Shortstop 1, Honus Wagner (23), 55. 2, Cal Ripken Jr. (6), 24. 3, Ozzie Smith (5), 16. 4, Ernie Banks (1), 8. 5, tie, Lou Boudreau and Luke Appling, 1.

Left field 1, Ted Williams (32), 68. 2, Stan Musial (4), 36. 3, tie, Pete Rose, Ralph Kiner, Rickey Henderson, and Barry Bonds, 1.

Center field 1, Willie Mays (25), 57. 2, Ty Cobb (7), 22. 3, Joe DiMaggio (3), 17. 4, Mickey Mantle (1), 10. 5, Tris Speaker, 2.

Right field 1, Babe Ruth (31), 67. 2, Hank Aaron (5), 36. 3, Frank Robinson, 2. 4, tie, Al Kaline, Roberto Clemente and Tony Gwynn, 1.

Catcher 1, Johnny Bench (24), 52. 2, Yogi Berra (4), 22. 3, Roy Campanella (4), 17. 4, Mickey Cochrane (1), 5. 5, Bill Dickey (1), 4. 6, Gabby Hartnett (1), 3. 7, Carlton Fisk, 2.

Left-handed starting pitcher 1, Sandy Koufax (11), 32. 2, Warren Spahn (11), 28. 3, Lefty Grove (8), 25. 4, Steve Carlton (4), 12. 5, Carl Hubbell, 6. 6, Whitey Ford (1), 3. 7, Eddie Plank (1), 2.

Right-handed starting pitcher 1, Walter Johnson (9), 30. 2, Cy Young (12), 25. 3, Christy Mathewson (5), 18. 4, Bob Feller (4), 10. 5, Bob Gibson (2), 9. 6, Nolan Ryan (2), 7. 7, Tom Seaver (1), 3. 8, tie, Greg Maddux (1), Grover Cleveland Alexander and Juan Marichal, 2.

Relief pitcher 1, Dennis Eckersley (16), 40. 2, Rollie Fingers (9), 29. 3, Lee Smith (4), 13. 4, Hoyt Wilhelm (3), 10. 5, Rich Gossage (3), 9. 6, Bruce Sutter (1), 6. 7, Dan Quisenberry, 1.

Designated Hitter 1, Paul Molitor (22), 48. 2, Harold Baines (3), 12. 3, Don Baylor (1), 10. 4, Edgar Martinez (2), 9. 5, Ty Cobb (2), 6. 6, Hal McRae (1), 5. 7, tie, Mickey Mantle (1) and Dave Parker (1), 3. 8, tie, Joe DiMaggio (1), Lee May, Frank Robinson and Tony Oliva, 1.

This sidebar appeared with the story: BEST OF THE BEST The all-time All-Star team, selected by a panel of 36 members of the Baseball Writers Association of America for the Classic Sports Network (two points awarded for first-place votes, and one point for second place, with first-place votes in parentheses):

Managers 1, Casey Stengel (6), 22. 2, Joe McCarthy (6), 18. 3, Connie Mack (7), 17. 4, John McGraw (6), 14. 5, Sparky Anderson (3), 11. 6, Leo Durocher (2), 6. 7, Dick Williams (1), 4. 8, Billy Martin (1), 3. 9, tie, Al Lopez (1), Ned Hanlon (1), Whitey Herzog (1), Earl Weaver and Bobby Cox, 2. 9, Tony LaRussa 1.

First Base 1, Lou Gehrig (31), 66 1/2. 2, Jimmie Foxx (3), 19. 3, George Sisler (2), 8. 4, Willie McCovey, 6. 5, Hank Greenberg, 2 1/2. 6, Bill Terry, 2. 7, tie, Stan Musial, Eddie Murray, Mark McGwire, and Frank Thomas 1.

Second Base 1, Rogers Hornsby (17), 44. 2, Joe Morgan (6), 23. 3, Jackie Robinson (6), 15. 4, tie, Charlie Gehringer (4) and Napolean Lajoie (3), 11. 6, Eddie Collins (1), 3. 7, Rod Carew, 2. 8, Ryne Sandberg, 1.

Third Base 1, Mike Schmidt (21), 50. 2, Brooks Robinson (13), 37. 3, Eddie Mathews, 5. 4, George Brett (1), 8. 5, Pie Traynor, 3. 6, Pete Rose (1), 2. 7, tie, Frank Baker, Al Rosen and Wade Boggs, 1.

Shortstop 1, Honus Wagner (23), 55. 2, Cal Ripken Jr. (6), 24. 3, Ozzie Smith (5), 16. 4, Ernie Banks (1), 8. 5, tie, Lou Boudreau and Luke Appling, 1.

Left field 1, Ted Williams (32), 68. 2, Stan Musial (4), 36. 3, tie, Pete Rose, Ralph Kiner, Rickey Henderson, and Barry Bonds, 1.

Center field 1, Willie Mays (25), 57. 2, Ty Cobb (7), 22. 3, Joe DiMaggio (3), 17. 4, Mickey Mantle (1), 10. 5, Tris Speaker, 2.

Right field 1, Babe Ruth (31), 67. 2, Hank Aaron (5), 36. 3, Frank Robinson, 2. 4, tie, Al Kaline, Roberto Clemente and Tony Gwynn, 1.

Catcher 1, Johnny Bench (24), 52. 2, Yogi Berra (4), 22. 3, Roy Campanella (4), 17. 4, Mickey Cochrane (1), 5. 5, Bill Dickey (1), 4. 6, Gabby Hartnett (1), 3. 7, Carlton Fisk, 2.

Left-handed starting pitcher 1, Sandy Koufax (11), 32. 2, Warren Spahn (11), 28. 3, Lefty Grove (8), 25. 4, Steve Carlton (4), 12. 5, Carl Hubbell, 6. 6, Whitey Ford (1), 3. 7, Eddie Plank (1), 2.

Right-handed starting pitcher 1, Walter Johnson (9), 30. 2, Cy Young (12), 25. 3, Christy Mathewson (5), 18. 4, Bob Feller (4), 10. 5, Bob Gibson (2), 9. 6, Nolan Ryan (2), 7. 7, Tom Seaver (1), 3. 8, tie, Greg Maddux (1), Grover Cleveland Alexander and Juan Marichal, 2.

Relief pitcher 1, Dennis Eckersley (16), 40. 2, Rollie Fingers (9), 29. 3, Lee Smith (4), 13. 4, Hoyt Wilhelm (3), 10. 5, Rich Gossage (3), 9. 6, Bruce Sutter (1), 6. 7, Dan Quisenberry, 1.

Designated Hitter 1, Paul Molitor (22), 48. 2, Harold Baines (3), 12. 3, Don Baylor (1), 10. 4, Edgar Martinez (2), 9. 5, Ty Cobb (2), 6. 6, Hal McRae (1), 5. 7, tie, Mickey Mantle (1) and Dave Parker (1), 3. 8, tie, Joe DiMaggio (1), Lee May, Frank Robinson and Tony Oliva, 1.

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