All-star 26 Countdown

June 17, 1993

Fernando Valenzuela was the third and most recent rookie pitcher to start an All-Star Game when he started in 1981 in Cleveland as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The others were Dave Stenhouse of the Washington Senators (started the second game in 1962 at Chicago's Wrigley Field) and the Detroit Tigers' Mark Fidrych (at Philadelphia in 1976).

Former Oriole and current Tigers general manager Jerry Walker would have qualified by today's rules to have started the second game in 1959 (at the Los Angeles Coliseum) as a rookie, but under the rules of that time he was not considered a rookie because he had pitched 27 2/3 innings in 1957 and 10 1/3 innings in 1958.

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