On this date- July 6, 1933 the first Major League Baseball All-Star Game was played between the National and American Leagues at Comiskey Park in Chicago. The game was part of the World’s Fair which was in Chicago. Chicago that year was celebrating its centennial. Arch Ward the sports editor for the Chicago Tribune came up with the idea after Edward Kelly the Mayor of Chicago went to the Tribune’s publisher and suggested some kind of sports event to boost morale during the depression.
An estimated 49,000 attended the first All-Star Game and the money made went to a charity for disabled and needy ballplayers. The game caught on and of course is still played today.
Who hit the first All-Star Game home run? Well it could only be one man- Babe Ruth. In the third inning of the game he belted a 2 run home run to right field. The American League won the first All-Star Game 4-2.
A few All-Star Game notes of interest- over the years the National League has won 43 games, the American League 42 with 2 ties. Even the total amount of runs scored in all the games is close- the AL has scored 359 to the NL’s 360. From 1963-82 the National League was dominate- winning 19 of 20 games. In recent years it has been the American League since 1988 the AL has won 22 of 29, at one point they won 13 in a row.
I used to watch the All-Star Game- but have lost interest in it- since inter-league play. The players don’t seem to take it as seriously anymore either. The last All-Star Game I turned on was the one in the late 1990’s when they honored “The Kid”- Ted Williams at Fenway Park and I turned it on only for that reason. The 2017 All-Star Game is next Tuesday in Miami for those who are interested. Having knocked the All- Star Game I must say the baseball All-Star Game is the only one that is close to mattering. No one wants to play in the Pro Bowl in football due to- injuries. The NBA and NHL All-Star games no defense is played.