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The Early All-Stars: Conversations With Standout Baseball Players of the…

by Brent P. Kelley

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Baseball's All-Star game was the brainchild of Arch Ward, sports editor of the Chicago Tribune, who saw it as a one-time event in conjunction with Chicago's Century of Progress Exposition. The first game was played on July 6, 1933, in Cominskey Park, and it proved so popular that plans were made for it to be an annual event. Originally, the players were chosen by the fans, but in 1935 the process was turned over to the managers.Seventeen All-Stars from the 1930s and 1940s reflect here on their careers and on baseball as it was played then. Many also discuss the state of the game today, and compare current players with their contemporaries. The players interviewed include Ace Adams, Sam Chapman, Harlond Clift, Elbie Fletcher, Mel Harder, Sid Hudson, Willard Marshall, Joe Moore, Pat Mullin, Andy Pafko, Mel Parnell, Bill Rigney, Connie Ryan, Dick Sisler, Bill Voiselle, Burgess Whitehead and Al Zarilla.… (more)

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Baseball's All-Star game was the brainchild of Arch Ward, sports editor of the Chicago Tribune, who saw it as a one-time event in conjunction with Chicago's Century of Progress Exposition. The first game was played on July 6, 1933, in Cominskey Park, and it proved so popular that plans were made for it to be an annual event. Originally, the players were chosen by the fans, but in 1935 the process was turned over to the managers.Seventeen All-Stars from the 1930s and 1940s reflect here on their careers and on baseball as it was played then. Many also discuss the state of the game today, and compare current players with their contemporaries. The players interviewed include Ace Adams, Sam Chapman, Harlond Clift, Elbie Fletcher, Mel Harder, Sid Hudson, Willard Marshall, Joe Moore, Pat Mullin, Andy Pafko, Mel Parnell, Bill Rigney, Connie Ryan, Dick Sisler, Bill Voiselle, Burgess Whitehead and Al Zarilla.

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