A Lynn-tastic Grand Slam

Fred Lynn's All Star Game home run

Hey baseball fans!

During the summer, I went to the Yankee game where Nick Swisher hit his 200th career homer, which was a grand slam. So in honor of that occasion, I will be writing about the person who hit the only grand slam in All-Star Game history, Fred Lynn.

Fred Lynn played for most famously the two teams that met up in the 1986 ALCS, the Red Sox and the Angels (the Sox won the series, but lost to the Mets in the World Series in seven games) from 1975-1990. Known as an all-around player, he hit 306 career homers, 1,111 RBIs, and had a career batting average of .283. He won Rookie of the Year and MVP for the Red Sox in '75, and made it to nine All-Star Games.

In the All-Star Game of 1983, the 50th anniversary of the All-Star Game and at Comiskey Park, he smacked the first pitch thrown to him from Atlee Hammaker in the bottom of the third into the right-field seats for the only grand slam ever hit in an All-Star Game. His teammate Rod Carew was on second. The grand slam capped a seven run third inning for the AL, as they went on to win 13-3. Lynn was awarded MVP.

Fred Lynn was an excellent player, but he isn't in Cooperstown. I think it's probably because he wasn't quite as good after he went to the Angels in 1981. He never hit over .300 or 30 homers again after the move. Still, I think he really deserves a plaque in the Hall of Fame.

Send me your comments and tell me what you think. I might include some of your thoughts in an upcoming blog. Thanks for reading! 

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Pete Heinbaugh January 07, 2013 at 02:55 AM
I remember Lynn's grand slam. I was young and an NL guy, so I was crushed. That occurred back in the days when the ASG was a premier, hard-fought event. Somehow, that status changed in the late 80's / early 90's.
Pete Heinbaugh January 07, 2013 at 03:05 AM
In my view, Lynn makes it to the "Hall of Very Good", but not quite into the Hall of Fame. Others in the same category - Dale Murphy, Dwight Evans, Don Mattingly, Steve Finley, Jack Morris, Alan Trammell - to name a few.


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