Which All-Star Game would you go back in time to watch?

Mark Wilson

You get just one choice. Make it count.

Here's a list of Giants All-Stars since they moved to San Francisco, courtesy of SFGiants.com:

Year All-Star(s)
1958 John Antonelli, P; Willie Mays, OF; Bob Schmidt, C
1959 John Antonelli, P; Orlando Cepeda, 1B; Sam Jones, P; Willie Mays, OF
1960 Orlando Cepeda, OF; Willie Mays, OF; Mike McCormick, P
1961 Ed Bailey, C; Orlando Cepeda, OF; Willie Mays, OF; Mike McCormick, P; Stu Miller, P
1962 Felipe Alou, OF; Orlando Cepeda, 1B; Jim Davenport, 3B; Juan Marichal, P; Willie Mays, OF
1963 Ed Bailey, C; Orlando Cepeda, 1B; Juan Marichal, P; Willie Mays, OF; Willie McCovey, OF
1964 Orlando Cepeda, 1B; Juan Marichal, P; Willie Mays, OF
1965 Juan Marichal, P; Willie Mays, OF
1966 Tom Haller, C; Jim Hart, 3B; Juan Marichal, P; Willie Mays, OF;
Willie McCovey, 1B; Gaylord Perry, P
1967 Tom Haller, C; Juan Marichal, P; Willie Mays, OF
1968 Juan Marichal, P; Willie Mays, OF; Willie McCovey, 1B
1969 Juan Marichal, P; Willie Mays, OF; Willie McCovey, 1B
1970 Dick Dietz, C; Willie Mays, OF; Willie McCovey, 1B; Gaylord Perry, P
1971 Bobby Bonds, OF; Juan Marichal, P; Willie Mays, OF; Willie McCovey, 1B
1972 Chris Speier, SS
1973 Bobby Bonds, OF; Chris Speier, SS
1974 Chris Speier, SS
1975 Bobby Murcer, OF
1976 John Montefusco, P
1977 Gary Lavelle, P
1978 Vida Blue, P; Jack Clark, OF
1979 Jack Clark, OF
1980 Ed Whitson, P
1981 Vida Blue, P
1982 Greg Minton, P
1983 Darrell Evans, 1B; Atlee Hammaker, P; Gary Lavelle, P
1984 Bob Brenly, C; Chili Davis, OF
1985 Scott Garrelts, P
1986 Chris Brown, 3B; Chili Davis, OF; Mike Krukow, P
1987 Jeffrey Leonard, OF
1988 Will Clark, 1B; Rick Reuschel, P; Robby Thompson, 2B
1989 Will Clark, 1B; Kevin Mitchell, OF; Rick Reuschel, P
1990 Jeff Brantley, P; Will Clark, 1B; Kevin Mitchell, OF; Matt Williams, 3B
1991 Will Clark, 1B
1992 Will Clark, 1B
1993 Rod Beck, P; Barry Bonds, OF; John Burkett, P; Robby Thompson, 2B
1994 Rod Beck, P; Barry Bonds, OF; Matt Williams, 3B
1995 Barry Bonds, OF; Matt Williams, 3B
1996 Barry Bonds, OF; Matt Williams, 3B
1997 Rod Beck, P; Barry Bonds, OF; Shawn Estes, P
1998 Barry Bonds, OF; Robb Nen, P
1999 Jeff Kent, 2B; Robb Nen, P
2000 Barry Bonds, OF; Jeff Kent, 2B
2001 Rich Aurilia, SS; Barry Bonds, OF; Jeff Kent, 2B
2002 Barry Bonds, OF; Robb Nen, P; Benito Santiago, C
2003 Barry Bonds, OF; Jason Schmidt, P
2004 Barry Bonds, OF; Jason Schmidt, P
2005 Moises Alou, OF
2006 Jason Schmidt, P
2007 Barry Bonds, OF
2008 Tim Lincecum, P; Brian Wilson, P
2009 Tim Lincecum, P; Matt Cain, P
2010 Tim Lincecum, P; Brian Wilson, P
2011 Matt Cain, P; Tim Lincecum, P; Ryan Vogelsong, P; Brian Wilson, P; Pablo Sandoval, 3B;
2012 Matt Cain, P; Buster Posey, C; Melky Cabrera, OF; Pablo Sandoval, 3B
2013 Madison Bumgarner, P; Sergio Romo, P; Buster Posey, C; Marco Scutaro, 2B
2014 Madison Bumgarner, P; Tim Hudson, P; Hunter Pence, ∂≤

Here's a link to box scores of all those All-Star Games. You can find out the other All-Stars, the scores, and how the Giants players did.

Here's a time machine:

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Unfortunately, this time machine runs on the sludgy black tears of Mat Latos, so you can use it only once. For now. Because you're selfish and you don't want to prevent World Wars or anything so heavy, you've decided to go to an All-Star game.

Pick one.

There are a couple strategies you can use:

The Obvious

I generally start my historical posts/Play Index searches with 1958 because I care far, far more about the San Francisco Giants than the New York Giants. Maybe that's a post in itself one of these offseason afternoons.

However, the greatest game in All-Star history was probably 1934, and a Giants pitcher stole the show. The American League lineup was, by WAR, the best in All-Star Game history. Then Carl Hubbell struck them all out.


Most of them out, at least. It's famous enough to have Bob Costas narrate something about it 75+ years later. It's the easy answer for the time machine question. If you don't want to watch Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, or Barry Bonds.

Also, mentioning Hubbell gives me an excuse to post this.


Because ha ha ha.

The Mays

Willie Mays made 24 All-Star teams. That seems like a lot. Lemme check and, yes, that's a lot. They played two All-Star Games every year for a while, so that's a wee bit inflated. Still, Mays was a monster. And you have your choice of games.

The good news is that there's substantial overlap between Mays, Juan Marichal, and Willie McCovey, so you don't have to make a tough decision. In all of McCovey's All-Star appearances, Mays was there. Same with Marichal's 10 appearances.

But you do have to make a choice between those three and Gaylord Perry or Orlando Cepeda. If you want a full boat of Giants Hall of Famers, you can't have it. 1966 comes close, but there's no Cepeda. 1964 comes close, but there's no Perry. At this point, we'll have to consider either of them a bonus and focus on the main troika.

More than anything else, though, I want to see Mays in his prime. That would be '58, give or take, but that would mean no McCovey, Marichal, Perry, or Cepeda. Mays won the All-Star MVP in '68, but it was played at the Astrodome (fleh) and McCovey was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. '63 was prime Mays -- he stole two bases and was the MVP -- but there's no McCovey or Marichal. In '69, McCovey won the MVP, but Mays only pinch-hit and there was no Marichal.

This is tough.

In the end, give me 1965 from this section. The NL starting lineup was:

Mays
Aaron
Stargell
Allen
Torre
Banks
Rose
Wills
Marichal

Marichal got the MVP, Sandy Koufax got the win, and Bob Gibson got the save. I can deal with that. Makes up somewhat for missing McCovey.

The Bonds

Barry Bonds was never the All-Star Game MVP, but he did have some dingers. He hit one in 1998 off Bartolo Colon and one in 2002 (the tie game) off Roy Halladay. He also had two at-bats because that's the way they do it these days, so you aren't quite getting the bang for your time-machine buck that you might with the earlier option. Barry Zito, un-ironic All-Star, was in the 2002 game for a third of an inning, so you can use that as support for your cause, too.

The 1993 rosters were fantastic, with Bonds playing in the same game as Wade Boggs, Cal Ripken, Randy Johnson, Ken Griffey, Jr., Kirby Puckett, Ryne Sandberg, and Terry Mulholland. (He actually started the game for the National League.) As much as I want to see Bonds take one more at-bat, that '65 roster is tough to top ...

The Giantsing

Forget about history. How about the Giants completely ruining the American League? Almost half of the NL starting lineup were Giants, and they ruined Justin Verlander so they could get home-field advantage in the World Series so they could ruin Justin Verlander. Imagine going to that game, knowing the Giants were going to win the World Series because of it. You would have been drunk and obnoxiously loud about it, and bless you for that.


A strong contender. Don't rule it out.

Conclusion

Stupid time machine. Cry more sludgy black tears, Mat Latos.

It's '65 for me. The Hubbell one is fascinating because of the history, as well as getting to watch Ruth and Gehrig play, but I want Mays in his prime. I want that lineup. I want to see Marichal do well, and I want to watch Koufax and Gibson while I'm at it.

Let's all sit here and wait for a real time machine, then.

I have time.

I can be patient.

Hopefully, Hunter Pence will get his stirrups caught on the foul pole while making a great catch, or something, and we won't even need the stupid time machine.

Stupid fictional time machine.

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