The Midsummer Classic series started in 1933. On July 8, 1947, Frank "Spec" Shea became the first rookie pitcher to earn the win at an All-Star Game.
Few pitchers will ever match this feat as its hard enough to make it to the All-Star Game in the first place, even harder for a rookie to make it, and probably even more difficult for a rookie pitcher to be named to the squad.
2nd Week of July Recipient
1953 Topps Archives
Blue Fine Tip
Signed his nickname "Spec".
Do you remember which team Spec Shea was playing for when he was named to the 1947 All-Star Game ? Follow the link and read about the Midsummer Classic AND review the entire box score for further details!
The back side of the card above explained what happened after the All-Star victory, "That year (1947) he had a league leading 14-5 record, won 2 World Series games, and gained credit for the All-Star game victory. Arm trouble plagued Frank after '47. He had a 9-10 record in'48 and went to Newark in '49 and Kansas City in '50. In '51 he won 5 for theYanks was traded to the Senators in May of '52."
Did you know that Spec Shea appeared in The Stratton Story (1949)? It was the story of White Sox pitcher Monty Stratton whose leg was amputated at age 26 after a hunting accident. The film was a box office smash starring Jimmy Stewart and June Allyson!