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This Date In History: July 6

For those interested in baseball history, on July 6, 1933 the first Major League Baseball All-Star game was held in Chicago, IL at Comiskey Park.  Among the names on the rosters were Babe Ruth (who was nearing the end of his career at this point), Lou Gehrig & Jimie Foxx (despite 48 HR & 163 RBI that year, did not play in the game as he and Gehrig both played 1B the first sign on how the game has changed from then till now).

The most amazing thing, when you look at the rosters, is between the AL & NL, there were only seven total pitchers in the game (three for the NL and four for the AL).  Just compare that to today’s game, where there are 13 pitchers on the NL team alone.  That may be one of the biggest changes in the game over the last 77 years.

The AL would go on to win the game 4-2, led by Ruth who hit a two-run home run off the St. Louis Cardinals’ Bill Hallahan in the third inning, the first home run in All-Star history.  The Yankees’ Lefty Gomez would get the win, with Hallahan taking the loss.  The only other home run hit in the game was by Frankie Frisch.