Bits and Pieces All Star Game Edition

The First All Star Game

The first official all star game was played in 1933, but the first inter league game comprised of star players was the Addie Joss benefit game played in 1911. The game included Ty Cobb, Home Run Baker, Walter Johnson, Eddie Collins, Tris Speaker and Nap Lojoie, who along with everybody else volunteered to play for free. It raised $12,914.60 for the widow and children of the highly regarded recently deceased pitcher Addie Joss.


Rays 19 Twins 6 | | Red Sox 6 Blue Jays 2 | Diamondbacks 3 Braves 0

Talk About Close

Since the first official all star game in 1933 88 all star games have been played

American League 43 | National League 43 | Ties 2

Runs: American League 361 | National League 361

In those 88 games there has been only one inside the park home run.

And you saw it


Pirates 2 Brewers 1 | Pirates 6 Brewers 2 | Royals 5 White Sox 0

Stuffing the Ballot Box

Most of you remember 2015 when Royals fans celebrating their much deserved and long awaited success almost elected a Royal to every starting position except for Mike Trout. But did you know that in 1957 Reds fans elected a Red to every starting position except for Stan Musial at first base, keeping off the team among the other greats of those years Willie Mays and Hank Aaron. When it was discovered that the Cincinnati Enquirer had printed up pre-marked ballots and distributed them with the Sunday newspaper to make it easy for Reds fans to vote often for their favorite stars, a couple of the least deserving Reds were sort of booted from the team by Commissioner Ford Frick in favor of Willie Mays and Hank Aaron.

This happened a bit before those shenanigans


Astros 9 Tigers 1 | Mets 7 Nationals 4 | Reds 8 Cardinals 2

When I (we?) Were Young

The 15 inning game in 1967 (along with the 2008 game) was the longest All Star Game ever. Tw ‘as the era of the pitcher. The final score was 2 – 1 National League. In spite of the presence of hitters like Roberto Clemente, Hank Aaron, Lou Brock, Harmen Killebrew, Carl Yastrzemski, Rod Carew, Tony Oliva…, on top of only 3 runs being scored over 15 innings there were 30 strikeouts against 2 walks.

1968, the Year of the Pitcher, followed the pattern seeing the only run of the game scored by Willie Mays in the first inning.

Don’t doubt that those great players weren’t trying their butts off. The 1970 game was decided by a famous (infamous?) walk off play at the plate in the 12th inning


Marlins 2 Phillies 0 | Orioles 1 Texas 0 | Yankees 5 Indians 4

Sexy Sexy

I calculate that about 3/4ths of our male population here is straight and I want you to understand that I appreciate how much gracious patience it must take for you not to be repulsed by this. I’m just saying that the sparkling and simultaneously shy young faces of these guys, young friends goofing around, touches the dying shards of my libido.

It’s over 8 minutes long and I expect that many of you won’t want to sit still for the whole thing, but if you can watch for about 2 or 3 minutes until the part when they show excerpts from the game you will see how amazingly good they are.


Angels 5 Dodgers 4 | Rockies 4 Mariners 1 | Athletics 4 Giants 3 | Cubs 11 Padres 6

9 thoughts on “Bits and Pieces All Star Game Edition

      1. Note Happy’s comments about young guys stirring the ashes of queer desire. “Chickenhawk” is an LGBT subcultural term for gay guys who are turned on by boys.

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        1. Gator, when I was the age of the “boys” in the video (to my eyes college age YOUNG MEN) gay sexual activity was an imprison able offense. Same sex orientation was considered to be a psychiatric disorder by the American Psychiatric Society. And, most importantly, had my sexual orientation become known, my dad, a staunch supporter of the then current cultural consensus, I believe would have still loved me, but with a sense of humiliated shame. BTW although some younger gay folk may like to play with the word “queer”, I don’t. It reminds me of the words faggot, sissy, pedophile.

          I have no contact with and hence no knowledge of the LGBT subculture, but if they use the word “chickenhawk” to describe people like me, then they are the young and dumb showing an ignorance driven disrespect of those who came before them and of a suffering they cannot fathom.


        2. Happy: oh, they use it, alright. At this point I think it’s used in an ironic way or with a sense of self-parody. And LGBT folk from the middle America of Trump’s rabble, as well as, say, young immigrants, especially (but not exclusively) from Muslim countries, can indeed fathom the suffering you’re talking about. It hasn’t been too long since the last teenager committed suicide because fundamentalist dumbshit parents ostracized or tried to “convert” him or her, and I bet you such another tragedy will make the headlines before too long.

          “Queer” is alive and well in academia, too – also used in an ironic sense, as a deliberate valorization of a term once widely applied with derision. In your face, as it were. There’s an entire, huge, highly varied genre of literary and social criticism based on refractions of view rooted in gender orientation called “queer theory.” Once a subchapter of gender studies, it has grown exponentially into very much its own field. This Wikipedia description of it has some flaws but it’s close enough for general discussion:

          Let’s go a step further, apropos your original comment. Here’s the really ground-breaking collection of critical essays on queer theory and gender construction of competitive roles from 2006. It’s still widely used in university courses and is terrific reading under any circumstances:

          Here’s my personal favorite queer theoretical approach to film studies, an oldie but a goody:

          So, as you can see, “queer” is no longer a term to cringe at, but has been recycled into a term not only of pride but of intellectual high seriousness. Like LGBT rights in general, it has come a long, long way.

          Meanwhile I understand the times you’re speaking about; I was an intern at a theater in lower Manhattan in the company of a dozen LGBT actors, writers, musicians, choreographers and dancers. By the time I was 20 years old it was all second nature to me. I vividly remember the first reports and reverberations of the Stonewall “riot” (which was, of course, merely a release of pent-up frustrations with predatory law enforcement) literally right down the street from my theater, in the summer of 1969, That was the game-changer. A few of our colleagues were arrested only to have charges dropped. It was never going to be the same again.


  1. That was a nice little retro-specktive. That is an amazingly close set of AL vs. NL stats. Probably enough ammo to jettison the entire game forever if one was so inclined (and apparently many “fans” are, although there is even more focused annoyance/boredom re: the HR Derby). I recently read that when Hubbell did his all-star 5K thing, he had never faced any of those guys before. (Ever seen a screwy ball before, Johnny?) And he would only face one of them (Gehrig) ever again. Such is the stuff legends, and meaningful all-star games of days gone by, used to be made of.


    1. Did you see that in a piece by Olny over at ESPN? I think I saw it too – after I put this up.

      It sure would be wonderful if the all star game could become again a serious competition between each league’s best.


      1. Maybe that was it. But that was soooo long ago. Can’t fooocus. The Internet waves are getting bigger and faster and what’s the use of trying to find anything ever again? Pretty soon my mind will be as numb as my jaw is right now (just got a crown replacement started at the dentist).


        1. The best thing to do after a visit to the dentist is to have some…ice cream. And hurry up and do it fast before the bill arrives – because then you can have some more.

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