Winfield among All-Star Game guests
Host of Hall of Famers asked to participate in pregame event
NEW YORK -- Dave Winfield, Wade Boggs, Gary Carter and Ralph Kiner, who all have strong ties to New York baseball, were on the second partial list of 10 Hall of Famers announced on Monday who will participate in pregame ceremonies at the All-Star Game on July 15 at Yankee Stadium in the final year of "The House That Ruth Built."
Additional participants of what will be the largest gathering of baseball stars on one field at the same time prior to the 79th All-Star Game will be announced exclusively each week on FOX's Saturday Baseball Game of the Week.
Winfield, who played for the Yankees for 10 seasons of his 22-year career, made his first All-Star Game appearance at Yankee Stadium in 1977 while with the Padres and was 2-for-2 with two RBIs. The 12-time All-Star was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001.
Boggs, who was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2005, is another member of the 3,000 hit club -- with 3,110 -- who also played in 12 All-Star Games during an 18-year career with the Red Sox, Yankees and Rays. The Gold Glove Award-winning third baseman won five batting titles in Boston, but it was with the Yankees that he won a World Series ring.
"To have the All-Star Game played at Yankee Stadium in its final year is a perfect tribute to all of the legends who have played there for so many years," Boggs said. "I will always remember my career at Yankee Stadium, highlighted by our World Series title in 1996, for the fans and the tradition associated with the ballpark. It will be an honor to be a part of a pregame celebration, along with so many other Hall of Fame greats, in a farewell salute to one of baseball's most historic grounds."
Carter, an 11-time All-Star, was on a World Series championship team in New York with the Mets in 1986 during a 19-year career that included two tours with the Expos and time with the Giants and Dodgers. The catcher was a two-time All-Star Game MVP, in 1981 at Cleveland and 1984 at San Francisco -- a feat accomplished by only three other players: Willie Mays (the second game in 1960 at Yankee Stadium and '63 at Cleveland), Steve Garvey (1974 at Pittsburgh and '78 at San Diego) and Cal Ripken Jr. (1991 at Toronto and 2001 at Seattle).
Kiner, a Hall of Famer since 1975, led the National League in home runs seven consecutive seasons and was named to six All-Star teams in his 10 seasons with the Pirates, Cubs and Indians. Although he never played for a New York team, Kiner has been in the broadcast booth of the Mets since their first season of 1962 and is one of the city's most popular baseball figures.
Shortstop Luis Aparicio and first baseman Orlando Cepeda, who were in opposite dugouts for the All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium in 1960, were also announced as participants with pitchers Bob Gibson and Rollie Fingers, first baseman Eddie Murray and manager Earl Weaver.
The Hall of Famers will also participate with the AL and NL All-Star squads in the All-Star Game Red Carpet Parade, presented by Chevy, up Sixth Avenue from 48th to 58th Streets in Manhattan from 1 to 3 p.m. ET on the day of the game. FOX will televise the parade at 7 p.m. as a lead-in to the live coverage of the pregame ceremony at 8 p.m.
Aparicio, who was elected to the Hall in 1984, was on the American League roster for what was the second of two All-Star Games in 1960 but did not get into the game, as the Orioles' Ron Hansen, then a rookie, played all nine innings at shortstop. Aparicio was a 13-time All-Star selection in an 18-year career in which he won nine Gold Glove Awards and led the AL in stolen bases nine times.
Cepeda, the NL Rookie of the Year in 1958 with the Giants and MVP in 1967 with the Cardinals, was inducted into the Hall in 1999 for a 17-year career that included 379 home runs, 1,365 RBIs and 10 All-Star Game appearances.
Gibson, who was so competitive that he barely spoke to All-Star teammates unless they wore a Cardinals uniform, was the last NL pitcher to win the MVP Award, in 1968 when he was 22-9 with a 1.12 ERA. He won the Cy Young and World Series MVP Awards twice each and was elected to the Hall in 1981.
Fingers, who helped define the closer role in his 17 years as a reliever with the A's, Padres and Brewers, was the losing pitcher of the All-Star Game in 1981, coincidentally the same year that he won both the AL Cy Young and MVP Awards with Milwaukee. The right-hander, who brandished a handlebar moustache, was elected to the Hall in 1992 for a career that included 341 saves.
Murray, who was inducted into the Hall alongside Carter in 2003, is one of only four players in history with more than 3,000 hits (3,225) and 500 home runs (504). The others are Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Rafael Palmeiro. An eight-time All-Star, Murray played two seasons in New York with the Mets in 1992 and '93 but is best remembered for his years with the Orioles, Indians and Dodgers.
Weaver, who was elected to the Hall in 1996, managed the Orioles to a 1,480-1,060 (.583) record in 17 seasons and into four World Series, winning in 1970. While in New York, he will have to endure references to 1969, when his Orioles were upset in the Series by the Mets.
Jack O'Connell is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.