Four Former Trojans Earn Spot In Baseball's All-Star Game

July 7, 2003

LOS ANGELES -- Four former USC baseball players, who all played under current head coach Mike Gillespie, were selected to play in the 2003 All-Star Game on July 15 in Chicago. Bret Boone (Seattle Mariners) and Barry Zito (Oakland Athletics) will represent the American League while Aaron Boone (Cincinnati Reds) and Mark Prior (Chicago Cubs) will represent the National League.

It is the second time ever that four former Trojans have been selected to play in the All-Star Game: Steve Kemp, Dave Kingman, Fred Lynn and Roy Smalley in 1979. USC now claims 62 overall All-Star selections and nine who have played for Gillespie (Bret Boone 3, Jeff Cirillo 2, Barry Zito 2, Aaron Boone and Mark Prior).

There could be a fifth former Trojan at the game as Geoff Jenkins (Milwaukee Brewers) is one of five National League finalists in the eTopps All-Star Final Vote. Online balloting for the final spot will continue until Wednesday (July 8) at 6 p.m. (Eastern). Trojan fans can vote for Geoff by going www.mlb.com or by going to:http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/mlb/events/all_star/y2003/final_vote.jsp

Bret Boone is making his third All-Star appearance while Zito is making his second appearance. Aaron Boone and Prior will make their first appearance at the All-Star Game. Prior, who pitched for the Trojans in 2001, is an All-Star at the age of 22 along with two other 22 year-olds (Hank Blalock and C.C. Sabathia).

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