Although it occurred 85 years ago, the first Major League All-Star Game was a huge success. The idea of baseball's stars gathering for a face off between the National and American Leagues, created a frenzy amongst fans. The game which was played as part of the 1933 Worlds' Fair, was intended to be a one time event. 49,200 fans jammed Comiskey Park on Chicago's Southside as Babe Ruth starred, as he slugged the first homerun in All-Star history to lead the American League to victory, 4-2 over the Nationals.
The Yankees dominated in the game as Ruth slugged what turned out to be the game winning homerun in the bottom of the third inning. With a one run lead, Ruth launched a long homer to deep right field that scored Charlie Gehringer of the Detroit Tigers. The Yankees were well represented with four starters on the American League roster.
Ben Chapman was in the leadoff spot and went 1-5. Ruth batted third, going 2-4 with a run scored and two RBI. Besides the two run homer in the third inning off of Bill Hallahan, Ruth finished the game with a 1.750 OPS. Lou Gehrig hit cleanup behind Ruth and finished the game 0-2 with two walks and a .500 OPS.
American League starter Lefty Gomez was dominant as the Yankee pitcher threw three innings of shutout ball, allowing only two hits and striking out one. Gomez picked up the win for the American League as he finished with a 0.00 ERA and also chipped in at the plate, going 1-1 with an RBI.
Although there was no official MVP, Ruth most likely would have taken home the hardware with his powerful performance. The most popular player in the game, Ruth delivered with a display of power, that didn't disappoint the baseball faithful. Gomez who pitched three strong, would have been a close second for the honors to the Bambino. The MVP award was introduced for the 1962 All-Star Game.
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