Tuesday, July 7, 2015

This Day in Sports History July 6th

This weeks 'This Day in Sports History' gives a double dose of history regarding Major League Baseball's +MLB mid-summer night's classic, the All-Star Game. We start by going to back to 1933, and then 50 years later to the 1983 for the mathematically challenged. I am going to plagiaristically (new word, contact Websters) take from the articles on the website: Sports History Today and there is a video to accompany the article.

"First All-Star Game Babe Ruth Homers July 6, 1933

The First All-Star Game was played in 1933 at Comiskey Park, in Chicago. Never intended to be an annual event, its whole purpose was to lift attendance at the struggling Chicago Worlds Fair.
While the “Century of Progress” World’s Fair was in full swing, anevent occurred on this day that changed baseball history: the first All-Star game. A few months earlier, Chicago Mayor Edward J. Kelly had gone to Col. Robert R. McCormick, publisher of the Tribune, with an idea. He wanted to arrange a sports event as an adjunct to the fair. “`We’ve got the man right here,’ McCormick said.
Ten minutes later, sports editor Arch Ward was in McCormick’s office,” as Ward’s biographer, Tom Littlewood, recounted the meeting.
Ward knew what he wanted: a matchup of the best players in the American and National Leagues.
Chicago Tribune
The Giants legendary skipper, John McGraw, came out of retirement to manage the National League. Connie Mack was at the helm for the American League. The National League lineup included Hall of Famers Frankie Frisch, Gabby Hartnett, Carl Hubbell, Chuck Klein, Bill Terry, Pie Traynor, and Paul Waner.

If you think that lineup wasn’t too shabby, compare it to the American League’s which featured Joe Cronin, Bill Dickey, Jimmy Foxx, Lou Gehrig, Charlie Gehringer, Lefty Gomez, Lefty Grove, Tony Lazzari, Al Simmmons, and oh yeah, a 38-year-old veteran outfielder by the name of Babe Ruth. The old boy hit a second inning two run homer that put the American League ahead 3-0. The game ended with the AL on top, 4-2."

This Day In Sports History (July 6th) – 1983 MLB All-Star Game

"It was on this day in 1983 that the 54th annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game was played.  The game took place at Comiskey Park in Chicago, Illinois, home of the Chicago White Sox.
This game took place exactly 50 years to the day that the first All-Star Game was held, also at Comiskey Park.  Fred Lynn, center fielder of the California Angels, was named the game’s Most Valuable Player, as he hit the first grand slam in All-Star Game history.  Incredibly, Lynn’s grand slam still remains the only one ever hit at a Midsummer Classic.
The American League would go on to win the game by a score of 13-3, snapping the National League’s 11 game winning streak.  The 13 runs scored by the A.L. were the most ever scored in the Midsummer Classic and has since been matched by the A.L. in 1992 and again in 1998."