The tradition of a Mid Summer Classic started in 1933. The first All Star Game was played in Chicago to help celebrate the city’s centennial. The Windy City also played host to the ’33 World’s Fair.
Carl Hubbell was chosen to be on the National League’s pitching staff. By the time the game was played on July 6th, Hubbell had 11 wins and a save. The Meal Ticket also had four shutouts and 11 complete games.
Hubbell pitched the final two innings of the All Star Game. He allowed one hit, one walk and no runs. He struck out one.
At the 1973 All Star Game Major League Baseball had a 40th anniversary celebration of the first All Star Game. All surviving players and coaches from the ’33 contest were invited.
Hubbell attended the gala and caught up with the likes of Earl Averill, Joe Cronin, Charlie Gehringer, and Lefty Grove.
In the collection is National League president Chub Feeney‘s invitation to Hank Aaron to participate in the 1973 All Star Game. Aaron played a big part in the National League’s victory.
In the third inning he slashed a single to left off of Minnesota’s Bert Blyleven. The hit drove in Cincinnati’s Joe Morgan to put the NL ahead to stay. It also gave Blyleven the loss in his first All Star appearance.