1933 All-Star Game

Baseball's newest contribution to the romance of American sports, the All-Star Game, made its debut on July 6, 1933, at Chicago's Comiskey Park. It was initiated at the insistence of Arch Ward, a sports editor for the Chicago Tribune, to coincide with the celebration of the city's "Century of Progress" Exposition. By the 1930's, baseball had already established itself as America's favorite pastime and the national exposition provided the perfect stage to introduce baseball's best to the rest of the country. Many did not believe that a contest of this magnitude could possibly live up to the fan's expectations, especially for those who lived in the far western states and had never been to a major league baseball game.

The novel idea of a single game made up of the most exciting assemblage of ball-playing talent ever brought together on the diamond at one time, seemed too good to be true. In 1933 and 1934, All-Star teams were selected by the managers and the fans. The National League's manager John McGraw and American League's Connie Mack were chosen to lead a line-up of big hitters including Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and the one and only Babe Ruth. "We wanted to see the Babe," said Bill Hallahan, the National League starter. "Sure, he was old and had a big waistline, but that didn't make any difference. We were on the same field as Babe Ruth."

With fellow All-Star, Charlie Gehringer on first in the bottom of the third, The Babe drove one into the right-field stands, the first homer in All-Star history. The crowd, according to one account, "roared in acclamation" and the first All-Star Game, won by the American League on the strength of Ruth's homer, was a resounding success.

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"We wanted to see the Babe. Sure, he was old and had a big waistline, but that didn't make any difference. We were on the same field as Babe Ruth." - Wild Bill Hallahan

1933 All-Star Game

1933 All-Star Game Program

1933 All-Star Game Official Program

Game Number
Date / Box Score
Comiskey Park
Attendance ( Rank )
Not Awarded Until 1962
Starting Pitchers

1933 All-Star Game

Line Score

League 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 8 0
American 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 x 4 9 1
Bill Hallahan (L)
Lon Warneke (3rd)
Carl Hubbell (7th)
Lefty Gomez (W)
General Crowder (4th)
Lefty Grove (7th)
Frankie Frisch (6th) Babe Ruth (3rd)

1933 All-Star Game

National League All-Star Squad

7. Dick Bartell Philadelphia Phillies SS
6. Wally Berger Boston Braves OF
Tony Cuccinello Brooklyn Dodgers 2B
Woody English Chicago Cubs SS
2. Frankie Frisch St. Louis Cardinals 2B
4. Chick Hafey Cincinnati Reds OF
9. Bill Hallahan St. Louis Cardinals P Starting Pitcher
Gabby Hartnett Chicago Cubs C
Carl Hubbell New York Giants P
3. Chuck Klein Philadelphia Phillies OF
1. Pepper Martin St. Louis Cardinals 3B
Lefty O'Doul New York Giants OF
Hal Schumacher New York Giants P Did Not Pitch
5. Bill Terry New York Giants 1B
Pie Traynor Pittsburgh Pirates 3B
Paul Waner Pittsburgh Pirates OF
Lon Warneke Chicago Cubs P
8. Jimmie Wilson St. Louis Cardinals C
BOLD = Fan's / manager's choice to start the game.

1933 All-Star Game

American League All-Star Squad

Earl Averill Cleveland Indians OF
1. Ben Chapman New York Yankees OF
7. Joe Cronin Washington Senators SS
General Crowder Washington Senators P
Bill Dickey New York Yankees C Did Not Play
6. Jimmy Dykes Chicago White Sox 3B
8. Rick Ferrell Boston Red Sox C
Wes Ferrell Cleveland Indians P Did Not Pitch
Jimmie Foxx Philadelphia Athletics 1B Did Not Play
4. Lou Gehrig New York Yankees 1B
2. Charlie Gehringer Detroit Tigers 2B
9. Lefty Gomez New York Yankees P Starting Pitcher
Lefty Grove Philadelphia Athletics P
Oral Hildebrand Cleveland Indians P Did Not Pitch
Tony Lazzeri New York Yankees 2B Did Not Play
3. Babe Ruth New York Yankees OF
5. Al Simmons Chicago White Sox OF
Sam West St. Louis Browns OF

BOLD = Fan's / manager's choice to start the game.

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Famous firsts? American League manager Connie Mack , National League manager John McGraw , American League and All-Star home run Babe Ruth , National League home run Frankie Frisch .

Did you know that the first run batted in during an All-Star Game was by a pitcher? That historic RBI belongs to Lefty Gomez who singled in Jimmie Dykes during the second inning.

The first stolen base went to Charlie Gehringer , sacrifice hit to Rick Ferrell , and pinch hitter to Lefty O'Doul who grounded out for Jimmie Wilson in the sixth.

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