In 1933 Major League Baseball decided to have an All Star Game in Chicago to help celebrate the city’s centennial. The game coincided with the World’s Fair also hosted by the Windy City.
Lefty Gomez was tabbed as the starting pitcher for the American League. The Yankee hurler was coming off of consecutive 20-win seasons and had 9 wins and a save by the end of June.
Facing the best the National League had to offer On July 6, Gomez threw three scoreless innings. He allowed two hits and struck out one.
In 1973 baseball decided to honor the surviving players and coaches from the game with a 40th anniversary celebration. Held at the ’73 All Star Game in Kansas City, the gala was well received.
Gomez attended and caught up with fellow 1933 AL stars Earl Averill, Joe Cronin, Charlie Gehringer, and Lefty Grove. The ’73 American League squad dropped their game to the NL 7-1.
In the collection is NL president Chub Feeney’s invitation to the ’73 Mid Summer Classic written to Hank Aaron. The Hammer did his part in the contest.
In the top of the third Aaron ripped a single off of the Twins’ Bert Blyleven to score Joe Morgan. The run put the Senior Circuit ahead 2-1. They never looked back, beating the AL 7-1. Blyleven got the loss.
It turned out to be Aaron’s final RBI in All Star competition.
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