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THAT'S THE WAY I SAW IT

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HAVE YOU EVER ATTENDED A MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ALL-STAR GAME?

 

The answer to that question to me is yes. I attended the 1950 (Chicago), 1970 (Cincinnati), and 1971 (Detroit) games.

I remember the 1950 game very well. I was living in Gary, Indiana working shift work at a steel mill at Indiana Harbor. My work schedule made it possible for me to see over 60 games a year. They played a lot of day games then with 154 game schedule. I had written the Chicago White Sox a letter telling them I supported Major League Baseball very well and was a little sick of celebratives getting the good seats.

You wouldn't believe the four good seats that the White Sox sent me.

The game went 14 innings. Ralph Kiner sent the game into extra innings with a home run in the top of the ninth and Red Schoendienst settled it in the top of the 14th with a homer. This was a day game. That's when baseball should be played.

The American League used six pitchers, Ted Gray being the loser and the National League used five pitchers with Ewell (The Whip) Blackwell being the winner. Ted Williams broke his elbow in the first inning while making a catch against the wall. He was lost to the Red Sox until the end of the season.

Now, that was an All-Star game. There's no doubt because that 's the way I saw it.

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