- Jayson Stark, Senior Writer, ESPN.com
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HOUSTON -- It's time once again for an All-Star Game edition of our Useless Information Department:
Six Degrees Of Roger Clemens Separation
Roger Clemens is the first pitcher to start All Star Games 18 years apart. And since 1986 was sooooo long ago, it seemed like the perfect occasion to connect Clemens back to the very first All-Star Game in 1933.
Clemens played in the '86 game with Dave Winfield.
Winfield played in the 1977 All Star Game with Pete Rose.
Rose played in the 1965 All Star Game with Willie Mays.
Mays played in the 1954 All Star Game with Ted Williams.
Williams played in the 1940 Game with Carl Hubbell.
Hubbell played in the very first All Star Game. Ta-taaaa.
More Useless Clemens Information
Well, might as well start with the good news: Clemens is the first player in history to make an All-Star team with four different teams and represent every team he ever played for.
But we should note that Robbie Alomar, Goose Gossage and Walker Cooper both made all-star teams for the first four teams they played for -- before extending their careers with other teams. Not much chance of Clemens doing that. And Moises Alou has now made the all-star team as an Expo, Marlin, Astro and Cub -- missing only the Pirates, for whom he got just five at-bats at the start of his career.
Clemens became the 10th pitcher to start an All-Star Game in his home park. The others: Esteban Loaiza (Chicago) in 2002, Pedro Martinez (Boston) in 1999, Steve Rogers (Montreal) in 1982, Whitey Ford (New York) in 1960, Don Drysdale (Los Angeles) in 1959, Curt Simmons (Philadelphia) in 1952. Red Ruffing (New York) in 1939, Johnny Vander Meer (Cincinnati) in 1938 and Carl Hubbell (New York) in 1934.
Clemens was also the third pitcher to start an All Star Game for both leagues -- joining Randy Johnson and Vida Blue.
And Clemens was the oldest pitcher ever to start an All Star Game. At 41 years, 344 days, Clemens is more than a year and a half older than the previous record-holder, Warren Spahn (40 years, 2 months, 18 days) in 1961.
OK, now the bad news: In eight previous All-Star Games, Clemens had faced 40 hitters -- and allowed a total of one extra-base hit (a 1991 homer by Andre Dawson). Then, in this game, he became the first pitcher ever to allow the other team to hit for the cycle in one inning in an All-Star Game. Unbelievable.
Those six runs Clemens allowed were the most any starting pitcher in an All-Star Game had ever allowed.
Maybe most amazing of all, those six runs were more than Clemens had ever allowed in the first run of any of the 650 regular-season or postseason starts he has made since arriving in the big leagues.
Oh. And the six runs also were one more than the last 11 National League starters had given up put together.
In the previous two All-Star Games played in Houston, there were six runs scored in the two games combined. Then, in this one, Clemens gave up six in the first inning. What a sport.
Clemens also messed up one other record he'd been working on. Entering this game, he had never played on an all-star team that lost: Eight games, 8-0 record. The only other all-star who could make that claim: Tom Seaver (also 8-0). Oh, well.
Really Useless All-Star Information
Well, that Derek Jeter is definitely an All Star Game kind of guy. Tuesday, in case you didn't notice, was the second time he'd gotten three hits in an hit All-Star Game. And according to the Elias Sports Bureau, no other shortstop could ever make that claim.
In fact, the only other players in history who had a pair of three-hit All-Star Games (or more than three) were Willie Mays (Games 1 and 2, 1960) and Carl Yastrzemski (1967 and 1970). Yaz, incidentally, played all nine innings both times he did it.
Even though Junior Griffey's injury screwed up the first all-500-homer outfield, the National League still ran out an outfield with the third-most career homers in history (1,378). The top three, according to the Sultan of Swat Stats, SABR's David Vincent:
Albert Pujols became the 10th player in history to start at both an outfield and infield position in different All Star Games. The others, courtesy of David Vincent:
Hank Aaron OF, 1B
Orlando Cepeda 1B, OF
Harmon Killebrew 3B, OF, 1B
Buddy Lewis 3B, OF
Stan Musial OF, 1B
Jackie Robinson 2B, OF
Pete Rose 2B, OF, 3B, 1B
Gary Sheffield 3B, OF
Vic Wertz OF, 1B
Alex Rodriguez became the 12th player in history to start the All Star Game at two different infield positions. The others:
Dick Allen 3B, 1B
Ernie Banks SS, 1B
Rod Carew 2B, 1B
Jimmie Foxx 3B, 1B
Granny Hamner SS, 2B
Harmon Killebrew 3B, 1B
Cal Ripken SS, 3B
Al Rosen 3B, 1B
Pete Rose 2B, 3B, 1B
Pete Runnels 1B, 2B
Arky Vaughan SS, 3B
Alfonso Soriano has gotten just eight career all-star at-bats. But he's now tied for the lead in all-star homers by active players, with two. The other two-homer All-Stars: Barry Bonds and Mike Piazza.
Manny Ramirez was the first Red Sox player to homer in an All-Star Game since Wade Boggs went deep off Rick Reuschel in the first inning in 1989. That was the only other time, besides Tuesday, since 1942 that the AL had hit two homers in the first inning off an NL starter.
It then took five whole innings before another Red Sox player homered. When David Ortiz went really, really, really deep in the sixth, it was the first time since 1975 (Steve Garvey, Jimmy Wynn of the Dodgers) that teammates homered in the same All Star Game.
Randy Johnson has now pitched nine consecutive scoreless innings in All-Star Games. Johnson last allowed a run in the 1994 game, on a solo homer by Marquis Grissom. That's the only run he has ever given up, giving him a 0.75 all-star ERA -- fourth all-time among pitchers with nine or more innings pitched. Only Juan Marichal (0.50), Mel Harder (0.69) and Bob Feller (0.73) are lower.
Clemens was one of 15 all-stars who changed teams since their last all-star appearance. The others, courtesy of David Vincent:
Moises Alou (Astros, 2001)
Armando Benitez (Mets, 2003)
Roger Clemens (Yankees, 2003)***
Tom Glavine (Braves, 2002)
Tom Gordon (Red Sox, 1998)
Vladimir Guerrero (Expos, 2002)***
Jeff Kent (Giants, 2001)
Matt Lawton (Twins, 2000)
Alex Rodriguez (Rangers, 2003)
Ivan Rodriguez (Rangers, 2001)
Curt Schilling (Diamondbacks, 2002) ***
Gary Sheffield (Braves, 2003)***
Alfonso Soriano (Yankees, 2003)
Miguel Tejada (A's, 2002)
Jim Thome (Indians, 1999 ***
*** -- changed leagues
The National League pitchers did one thing that was historically good Tuesday. It used four different Cy Young award winners in the same All-Star Game. Those four -- Clemens (6), Johnson (5), Tom Glavine (2) and Eric Gagne (1) -- own a combined 14 Cy Youngs, the most ever for one all-star pitching staff. The old record was eight:
2000 National League: Greg Maddux (4), Glavine (2) and Johnson (2)
1981 National League: Steve Carlton (3), Tom Seaver (3), Vida Blue (1), Bruce Sutter (1)
At 73 years, 233 days old, Jack McKeon became the oldest person to manage in an All-Star Game. Your previous record-holder: Connie Mack, who was 70 (70 years, 196 days) when he managed the 1933 AL team.
Miguel Tejada's Home Run Derby numbers had a certain symmetry to them, according to David Vincent. His 27 total homers equaled the number of home runs he hit all last season. The 15 he hit in the second round equaled the number he has hit in the first half this season.
* This is only the second time that a Super Bowl and All-Star Game have been played in the same city in the same year. The other was 2000, in Atlanta.
Useless Wait 'Till Last Year Info
Most home runs since last year's All Star Game -- NL) Jim Thome (52), AL) Alex Rodriguez (47).
Highest batting average since last year's All Star Game -- NL) Barry Bonds (.375), AL) Manny Ramirez (.340).
Question: Randy Johnson has won 12 games in the 10½ months since he turned 40. If you were a GM thinking about trading for him, you'd clearly think he was capable of becoming the fourth pitcher in the division-play era to win 50 games after his 40th birthday. Can you name the only three pitchers who have done that?
Phil Niekro (121), Nolan Ryan (71) and Charlie Hough (67).
6hTony Lee, Special to ESPN.com