1933 ALL-STAR GAME

The History of the 1933 Midsummer Classic

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.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"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

The 1933 Midsummer Classic | 1934 ASG

Game Number
1
Date / Box Score
Location
Comiskey Park
Attendance ( Rank )
49,200
Not Awarded Until 1962
Starting Pitchers
Managers
Coaches

1933 All-Star Game

Line Score | 1933 Box Score | 1933 All-Star Game Play-by-Play

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

1933 All-Star Game N.L. Roster

National League All-Star Squad

1933 National League All-Star Squad

7.
Philadelphia Phillies
SS
6.
Boston Braves
OF
Brooklyn Dodgers
2B
Chicago Cubs
SS
2.
St. Louis Cardinals
2B
4.
Cincinnati Reds
OF
9.
St. Louis Cardinals
P
Starting Pitcher
Chicago Cubs
C
New York Giants
P
3.
Philadelphia Phillies
OF
1.
St. Louis Cardinals
3B
New York Giants
OF
New York Giants
P
Did Not Pitch
5.
New York Giants
1B
Pittsburgh Pirates
3B
Pittsburgh Pirates
OF
Chicago Cubs
P
8.
St. Louis Cardinals
C

1933 All-Star Game A.L. Roster

American League All-Star Squad

1933 American League All-Star Squad

Cleveland Indians
OF
1.
New York Yankees
OF
7.
Washington Senators
SS
Washington Senators
P
New York Yankees
C
Did Not Play
6.
Chicago White Sox
3B
8.
Boston Red Sox
C
Cleveland Indians
P
Did Not Pitch
Philadelphia Athletics
1B
Did Not Play
4.
New York Yankees
1B
2.
Detroit Tigers
2B
9.
New York Yankees
P
Starting Pitcher
Philadelphia Athletics
P
Cleveland Indians
P
Did Not Pitch
New York Yankees
2B
Did Not Play
3.
New York Yankees
OF
5.
Chicago White Sox
OF
St. Louis Browns
OF
1933 All-Star Game Rosters | BOLD = Selected As Starter | Baseball Almanac
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baseball almanac fast facts

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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