McCann makes it 5 Georgia players on NL All-Star team

Updated original story to include news of Brian McCann being named a late addition to the All-Star Game.

Five former Georgia high school players are on the rosters for the Major League All-Star Game on Tuesday at Citi Field in New York.

All will suit up for the National League. They are Brandon Phillips of the Reds (Redan), Domonic Brown of the Phillies (also Redan), Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals (Glynn Academy), Buster Posey of the Giants (Lee County) and Brian McCann of the Braves (Duluth).

There have been as many as five Georgia players in the All-Star Game only one other time since 1947.

In 2010, the list included McCann, Marlon Byrd (Sprayberry), Matt Capps (Alexander), Jason Heyward (Henry County) and Jonathan Broxton (Burke County).

This year, Phillips, a 1999 Redan graduate, was voted the starting second baseman for the National League by fans. He is hitting .262 with 12 home runs, 13 doubles and 64 RBI in 90 games.

Brown, a 2006 graduate of Redan, is hitting a career high .281 through 90 games in what has been a breakout season. The outfielder has 23 home runs with 64 RBI.

Wainwright will be making his second All Star Game appearance. He is 12-5 with a 2.30 ERA. He leads the NL in victories.

Posey, the 2012 NL MVP, is making his second All Star appearance. He is hitting .317 with 13 home runs.

McCann, despite missing the first six weeks of the season, is hitting .291 with 12 home runs.

While it speaks well for Georgia baseball that five players have made the All-Star Game for the second time in four seasons, the golden era of Georgia All-Stars still was the 1940s.

In 1946 and 1947, the same five Georgia players participated in the game –  Luke Appling, Spud Chandler, Marty Marion, Rudy York and Johnny Mize. Appling and Mize are in the Hall of Fame. Chandler and Marion are former league MVPs.

Former Georgia players in the All-Star Game:

Luke Appling, Fulton (7) – 1936, 1939-41, 1943, 1946-47 White Sox

Jim Babgy, Boys’ (2) – 1942-43 Indians

Jonathan Broxton, Burke County (2) – 2009, 2010 Dodgers

Domonic Brown, Redan (1) – 2013 Phillies

Kevin Brown, Wilkinson County (6) – 1992 Rangers, 1996-97 Marlins, 1998 Padres, 2000, 2003


Marlon Byrd, Sprayberry (1) – 2010 Cubs

Mike Cameron, LaGrange (1) – 2001 Mariners

Matt Capps, Alexander (1) – 2010 Nationals

Spud Chandler, Carnesville (4)  – 1942-43, 1946-47 Yankees

Jody Davis, North Hall (2) – 1984, 1986 Cubs

J.D.Drew, Lowndes (1) – 2008 Red Sox

Marquis Grissom, Lakeshore (2) – 1993-94 Expos

Hawk Harrelson, Benedictine (1) – 1968 Red Sox

Jason Heyward, Henry County (1) – 2010 Braves

Todd Jones, Osborne (1) – 2000 Tigers

Wally Joyner, Redan (1) – 1986 Angels

Ray Knight, Dougherty (2) – 1980, 1982 Astros

Marty Marion, Boys’ (7) – 1943-44, 1946-50 Cardinals

Brian McCann, Duluth (6) – 2006-11, 2013 Braves

Johnny Mize, Piedmont Academy (10) – 1937, 1939-41 Cardinals, 1942, 1946-49 Giants, 1953 Yankees

Wally Moses, Unknown in Vidalia (1) – 1937 A’s

Blue Moon Odom, Ballard-Hudson (2) – 1968-69 Athletics

Brandon Phillips, Redan (3) – 2010-11, 2013 Reds

Buster Posey, Lee County (2) – 2012-13

Frank Thomas, Columbus (5) – 1993-97 White Sox

Cecil Travis, Fayetteville (3) – 1938, 1940-41 Senators

Adam Wainwright, Glynn Academy (2) – 2010, 2013 Cardinals

Rondell White, Jones County (1) – 2003 Padres

Jake Westbrook, Madison County (1) – 2004 Indians

Whitlow Wyatt, Cedartown (4) – 1939-42 Dodgers

Note: Four other Georgia players have played in the All-Star Game, but their high school history is sketchy. Those include Hall of Famer Bill Terry of the Giants (1933-35); Rudy York (1938, 1941-44, 1946, 1947) of the Tigers and Red Sox; Jim Hearn (1952) of the Giants; and Harry Simpson (1956) of the A’s. Terry, who grew up in Atlanta, dropped out before high school.  York grew up in Cartersville but did not finish school. Hearn is from Atlanta, and Simpson grew up in Dalton, but their high schools are unknown.

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July 10th, 2013
10:53 pm

Gary Sheffield played at one of the school in middle GA., like peach County.


July 10th, 2013
10:54 pm

Before moving to FLA.


July 11th, 2013
12:30 am

This article fails to mention that Wainwright was drafted by the Braves and was involved in one of the biggest “jokes” of a trade ever. He was traded for J.D. Drew and Marrero(forgot his first name). Can only imagine where the Braves might be this year with Wainwright !


July 11th, 2013
12:56 pm

If im not mistaken G Sheffield uncle D Gooden is from Americus GA.


July 11th, 2013
1:18 pm

Ken Harrelson, Benedictine in Savannah – 1968

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July 11th, 2013
3:21 pm

Jonathan Broxton from Burke Co. played in the All Star Game. Poor research on this article.

Old Coach

July 11th, 2013
3:23 pm

What about Ty Cobb?


July 11th, 2013
3:50 pm

Mike Cameron, LaGrange, 2001 All Star game with Seattle Mariners

Todd Holcomb

July 11th, 2013
7:04 pm

Added Cameron, Harrelson and Broxton.

I must concede that I was too confident in my research and should’ve asked for omissions. Three is too many. Sorry about that.

Be aware that MLB doesn’t provide this information. It requires going through the rolls of MLB All-Stars and either researching all 1,500 who have made the All-Star Game, or going through the same list and checking those that you ‘think’ are from Georgia. Hopefully for every one that was missed there is at least one that you didn’t realize was from Georgia.

re: Ty Cobb – The All-Star Game began in 1933. He retired after the 1928 season.


July 12th, 2013
9:22 am

Jake Westbrook from Madison County Allstar 04 Cleveland Indians

Todd Holcomb

July 12th, 2013
3:17 pm

Added, RGO. Thanks!


July 13th, 2013
9:45 am

Did Ty Cobb not play in Georgia?


July 13th, 2013
9:48 am

Oops! Just read where Ty Cobb retired before games began.


July 14th, 2013
1:49 pm

@ Not Impressed == Todd does a great job. I bet he gave you info you did not know.


July 14th, 2013
5:50 pm

BaseballTopFan(c) CONGRATULATES the Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Stars from the beautiful state of Georgia !!!

* Brandon Phillips Cincinnati REDS
* Domonic Brown Philadelphia PHILLIES
* Buster Posey San Francisco GIANTS
* Adam Wainwright St. Louis CARDINALS

Stars from the Peach State will shine bright @ Citi Field in New York City.

BASEBALL in Georgia is g r o w i n g and will continue to produce some of the finest players.

Special congrats to Redan High School for a wonderful baseball program.

Tris Speaker

July 14th, 2013
7:02 pm

Great list, Todd. Didn’t know some of these guys were from Georgia.

Max Sizemore

July 15th, 2013
6:12 am

Fine job, Todd. Much appreciated. But, regarding Cecil Travis, was there a former Riverdale High in the 1930’s? I’m fairly certain the current incarnation didn’t open until maybe the late 70s.


July 15th, 2013
2:25 pm

You should include players from the Futures Game. Esp top prospect Byron Buxton (Appling County)

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July 15th, 2013
9:19 pm

Wally Moses made the American League Allstar team in 1937 with the Athletics and in 1945 with the Chicago White Sox. He was from Uvalda, Ga.

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July 15th, 2013
9:39 pm

Thanks for the article Todd and sometimes we forget and take things for grant it, but this just shows you what good baseball is played in Georgia.


July 15th, 2013
10:21 pm

I am pretty certain Gary Sheffield isn’t from or played high school ball in Georgia. I think he is from the Tampa area. I do know for certain he did not play at Peach County as I am a graduate of P.C.H.S. The D. Gooden mentioned, I assume is Dwight Gooden and I again am pretty certain he is not from Georgia. Americus is not too far from Peach County and I don’t think either Sheffield or Gooden ever went to high school there. Not 100% certain but pretty certain. I also feel like Gooden is from Florida for some reason. I guess I could Google it but haven’t. Still a good article and interesting information. I do know this, in the Atlanta area, especially Cobb and Gwinnett, they sure turn out some major leaguers these days.

coach graham

July 16th, 2013
6:41 am

Oh yeah, Cobb and Gwinnett really represent. Nice to see 3 from Redan in Dekalb!

C Byrd

July 16th, 2013
6:56 am

Whitlow Wyatt was an all-star with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Born in Georgia; grew up in Georgia; went to HS and College in Georgia.


July 16th, 2013
7:45 am


Todd Holcomb

July 16th, 2013
5:35 pm

Pretty impressed by the historians who note Whitlow Wyatt and Wally Moses.

According to an online article, Wyatt went to Cedartown High School, graduating in 1937.,2870389

Moses graduated from a school in Vidalia, but I can’t determine which one.

I’ll add those to the list.

Todd Holcomb

July 16th, 2013
6:10 pm

re: Cecil Travis – Good point about Riverdale High. Baseball-Reference lists Riverdale as his high school, but Max Sizemore correctly points out that Riverdale opened in the 1970s. There could’ve been a previous Riverdale High (as there have been two Rome high schools).

This SABR article reports that Travis attended Fayetteville High School.

So I’ll go with that, unless someone has better research. Travis’ family still lives on the farm where he grew up. Maybe they’ll check in.

David Hall

July 17th, 2013
1:47 pm

Dwight Gooden and Gary Sheffield have relatives that live in Americus. I believe Gary Sheffield played high school ball in the Tampa FL area, and if I’m not mistaken so did Dwight Gooden.