It is interesting to note that for some on the very
first National League All-Star team in 1933, it was
their first chance to see Babe Ruth play in person.
With no television and no interleague play, Ruth was
to them just as he was to many fans: a name in the
headlines and an image in the newsreels. He did not
disappoint, smacking a quick-shot home run off a Wild
Bill Hallahan pitch. Dick Heller of the Washington
Times looks back at the very first game, also held in
the Chicago American League venue.
Speaking of that game, it was the idea of Arch Ward,
sports editor of the Chicago Tribune. That
publication's Rick Morrissey, who writes a column once
penned by Ward called "In the Wake of the News" says
that his predecessor's legacy is a strong one.
Morrissey talked to Ward's son Tom who revealed that
writing came very easy to his father. "He could bang
out a column in 20 minutes," he told Morrissey. Now
there's a neat trick many of us in this profession
would like to learn.
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