The Early All-Stars: Conversations with Standout Baseball Players of the 1930s and 1940s

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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.

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

USA Today Sports Weekly
fond moments and comment[s]
The SABR Bulletin
All-Stars...reflect on their careers
Sports Collectors Digest
interviews with standout players
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786402045
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Pages: 207
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Brent Kelley, a retired equine veterinarian from Lexington, Kentucky, is the author of numerous McFarland baseball books.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: A Brief History of the All-Star Selection Process 1
Ace Adams: His Name Says It All 3
Sam Chapman: Football Hero 13
Harlond Clift: Darkie 23
Elbie Fletcher: Gold Glove 31
Mel Harder: Art Teacher 43
Sid Hudson: Second Division 59
Willard Marshall: Old Country Boy 69
Joe Moore: Team Player 81
Pat Mullin: Four Years to the War 91
Andy Pafko: Handy Andy 102
Mel Parnell: The Fenway Southpaw 115
Bill Rigney: Full Circle 129
Connie Ryan: A Brave in Three Cities 145
Dick Sisler: The Whiz Kids' Biggest Hit 153
Bill Voiselle: No. 96 163
Burgess Whitehead: Gashouse Gang 173
Al Zarilla: Fournier's Find 179
Bibliography 191
Index 193
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