The 83rd All-Star Game is at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday. Leading up to that game, The Star is looking back at a Midsummer Classic game every day. This is the final edition.July 6, 1933 American League 4, National League 2 Comiskey Park in Chicago
The All-Star Game was the brainchild of a journalist.
Arch Ward, a sports editor for the Chicago Tribune, pushed for the game to coincide with the celebration of the city's "Century of Progress" Exposition.
It was an instant hit, even with the players.
"We wanted to see the Babe (Ruth)," said Cardinals pitcher Bill Hallahan, the National League starter. "Sure, he was old and had a big waistline, but that didn't make any difference. We were on the same field as Babe Ruth."
Ruth didn’t disappoint as he hit a two-run homer in the third inning off Hallahan that helped the American League jump to a 3-0 lead.
It was the first homer in All-Star Game history.
The National League got a pair of runs back in the sixth thanks to a pair of Cardinals. Pepper Martin’s groundout scored Cubs pitcher Lou Warneke and Frankie Frisch followed with a solo homer.
Earl Averill’s RBI single in the bottom of the frame made it a two-run game. Lefty Grove of the Philadelphia Athletics pitched three shutout innings for the save as the American League won the first All-Star Game.
Watch Ruth’s homer here: