Ozzie Smith and Eddie Murray, high school teammates, carved out Hall of Fame careers for themselves and played in a combined 23 all-star games, following their graduation from Locke (Los Angeles)
Smith and Murray easily hold the record for most all-star game appearances by a pair of teammates, but does Locke hold the distinction of having more all-star appearances than any school in the country?
With the Major League All-Star Game set to be played in Phoenix on Tuesday, here's a look at the top 10 high schools that have had the most players selected to play in the Midsummer Classic.
Note: Players were not given credit for playing in two all-star games in one season. For instance Henry Aaron is credited with playing in 25 all-star games, but four times from 1959 to 1962 he played in two all-star games a year. So Aaron is only given credit for 21 all-star appearances.The High Schools with the Most Major League Baseball All-Star Appearances10. (tie) - 20: Fairfield (Ala.) —
All by himself, Willie Mays puts Fairfield in a tie at No. 10 on the list with his 20 All-Star Game appearances.10. (tie) - 20: Western Hills (Cincinnati)
— Pete Rose accounts for 16 appearances during his 27-year career. Don Zimmer and Ed Brinkman each had one all-star game appearance while Art Mahaffey had two.9. - 22: Serra (San Mateo, Calif.)
— Barry Bonds leads the way with 14 all-star appearances, first as a Pittsburgh Pirate but mostly as a San Francisco Giant. Jim Fregosi was a six-time all-star as a member of the California Angels in the 1960s while Gregg Jefferies appeared in two all-star games in the 1990s.8. - 23: Locke (Los Angeles)
— Teammates in high school, Eddie Murray played in eight all-star games as a member of the Baltimore Orioles and New York Mets while Ozzie Smith played in 15 all-star games as a shortstop for the San Diego Padres and St. Louis Cardinals.7. - 23: Donora (Pa.)
— Stan Musial gets most of the credit here as he appeared in 20 all-star games. However Donora is also the home of Ken Griffey Sr., who appeared in three all-star games with the Cincinnati Reds. The school consolidated with Monongahela High School to form Ringgold.6 - 24: Galileo (San Francisco)
— The DiMaggio family accounts for 22 of the total as Joe was a 13-time all-star with the New York Yankees, Dom was a seven-time all-star with the Boston Red Sox and Vince was a two-time all-star with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Gino Cimoli made the all-star game in 1957 as a Brooklyn Dodger while Tony Lazzeri made it in 1933 as a Yankee. Lazzeri would likely have played in many more all-star games, however his best seasons were prior to 1933, which was the first year of the game.
5 - 25: McClymonds (Oakland, Calif.)
— Home of some of the greatest basketball talent in NBA history (Hall of Famers Bill Russell and Paul Silas both attended the school), McClymonds is also the alma mater of several baseball greats, most notably Frank Robinson, who had 12 all-star appearances as a member of the Cincinnati Reds and the Baltimore Orioles. Ernie Lombardi appeared in eight all-star games with the Reds in the 1930s and 40s while Curt Flood played in three all-star games with the Cardinals and Vada Pinson played in two with the Reds.4. - 27: Central (Mobile, Ala.)
— Again, most of the credit here goes to one player, Henry Aaron. Hammerin' Hank played in 21 all-star games, the most of any Major League ballplayer. Willie McCovey, a Hall of Fame player in his own right, played in six all-star games as a member of the San Francisco Giants. Central High School no longer exists.1. (tie) 30: Washington (New York City)
— Two of the game's greatest hitters hail from Washington. Rod Carew posted 18 all-star game appearances while Manny Ramirez had 11. Throw in Buddy Kerr's one all-star game and Washington ties for the No. 1 overall spot.1. (tie) 30: Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati)
— Interestingly enough the three all-stars from Moeller played all or most of their careers in Ohio. Ken Griffey Jr. had only two of his 13 all-star appearances as a member of the Reds, but Barry Larkin represented the Reds in all 12 of his trips to the all-star game and Buddy Bell played 11 of his 18 seasons as either an Indian or a Red, however only one of his five all-star appearances came while he was playing for an Ohio team (the other four were as a Texas Ranger).1. (tie) 30: Long Beach Poly (Calif.)
— Long Beach Poly is known for sending more athletes to the NFL than any other school in the country, but the Jackrabbits have also done extremely well in baseball. The school with the best chance of moving into No. 1 all by itself on this list is Long Beach Poly and the Jackrabbits might have been No. 1 if Chase Utley hadn't started the season on the disabled list. Utley had been in five straight all-star games prior to the 2011 season. Tony Gwynn has half of Poly's all-star appearances with 15 while Vern Stephens appeared in eight all-star games. Rocky Bridges and Milton Bradley each have one appearance.