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First MLB All-Star Game 1933 The first MLB All-Star Game was played n 1933. Arch Ward, the Chicago Tribune's sports editor, came up with the idea for the game. It was to coincide with the celebration of the cityís 'Century of Progress' Exposition. By the 1930s, baseball had already established itself as Americaís favorite pastime and the national exposition provided the perfect stage to introduce baseballís best to the rest of the country. The game was originally conceived as a single, one-time event to help lift the spirits of the country during the Great Depression. However, its enormous popularity made the All-Star Game an annual event. That first All-Star Game was played on July 6, 1933 at Comiskey Park in Chicago on a day when both leagues had no games scheduled. Retired Giants' manager John McGraw was chosen to manage the National League team, while Philadelphia Athletics' manager Connie Mack led the American League team. More than 47,000 fans attended. There was one player in particular who excited fans and players alike. 'We wanted to see the Babe,' said NL starting pitcher Bill Hallahan. 'Sure, he was old and had a big waistline, but that didnít make any difference. We were on the same field as Babe Ruth.' (The National League team is shown in the photo below.) The first run was scored in the second inning, when AL starting pitcher Lefty Gomez drove in Jimmie Dykes with a single. In the next inning, Ruth gave the fans what they came to see--a two-run homer into the right-field stands. The crowd 'roared in acclamation' for the homer, according to Baseball Almanac. The AL went on the win the game 4-2, bolstered by Ruthís home run, Jimmy Dykes' two hits, and seven innings of two-run pitching by Lefty Gomez, who got credit for the win. The National League was led by the 'Fordham Flash,' Frankie Frisch of the St. Louis Cardinals, who had two hits (including a home run) and two hits by Bill Terry, the first baseman of the New York Giants.
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Added: 11th July 2010
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2010-07-11 
Two things to note:

The players wore special uniforms, not their repective team's uniforms as they do today.

Can you imagine a pitcher tossing seven innings in an All-Star Game today? A general manager somewhere would have a fit!
Posted by: Marty6697 on 2010-07-12 
Great Job with the Info Lava. Thanks,tonight I'll be watching the Home run Derby, with our own Miguel Cabrera for the Detroit Tigers. I like the change they made to make the game mean something now. With the winning League getting the home field advantage. I've been watching the All Star game since I was a kid.
Posted by: Steve on 2010-07-12 
The depression was still in effect, they probably would have swept the stands after the game if they were asked!
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2010-07-13 
MLB's All-Star Game is the only one of the four major sports' all-star games that I watch.

I gave up on the NHL long ago when the game turned into something resembling what middle aged men do in Canada when they rent ice time at an arena for an hour.

The NBA bores me at the best of times.

The NFL's Pro Bowl is a game where no one risks getting hurt. No passion equals me turning off the TV.
Posted by: MeanJohnDean on 2010-07-16 
Check this out to see the faces on both teams!
Mean John Dean
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