The 1933 baseball season marked the first-ever All-Star Game, held this year in Comiskey Park. Read about it and other headlines below.
1933 Senators Win American League Flag
The 1933 Washington Senators, owned by Clark Griffith, won the American League flag. Contributing to the success of the team was Alex McColl, a 39-year-old rookie pitcher who hurled two perfect innings in the 1933 World Series.
Jimmie Foxx is 1933 American League MVP
Jimmie Foxx earned the second of two Most Valuable Player Awards in 1933, although he was just 25. Yet he still had not established himself as the American League's premier first baseman and never would. It was in no way Foxx's fault: He had to compete first with Lou Gehrig and then with Hank Greenberg.
Rick Ferrell Catches 1933 All-Star Game
Rick Ferrell started for the American League behind the bat in the first All-Star Game in 1933. He caught all nine innings while Mickey Cochrane and Bill Dickey sat on the bench. The following year, he began a string of five straight seasons in which he and his brother Wes formed the best sibling battery in American League history. On July 19, 1933, the two became the first brothers on opposing teams to hit home runs in the same game. To cap off his highlight-filled year, Ferrell tallied 77 RBI, the most in his career.
General Crowder Mounts Wins
General Crowder is one of the few pitchers to lead the American League two years in a row in both wins and most hits allowed (26 wins, 319 hits in 1932; 24 wins, 311 hits in 1933). Like Pete Alexander, another pitcher who twice performed the feat, Crowder's strength was pinpoint control. Although he gave up his share of walks, most came in an effort to get one of the many great sluggers in the American League during the 1930s to bite on a bad pitch.
1933 American League Wins First All-Star Game
The gem of the first midsummer classic was the oldest player on the field, Babe Ruth. At the age of 38, Ruth lined a two-run round-tripper in the third inning. He then took away an extra-base hit in the eighth with a running catch of Chick Hafey's line drive.
Pepper Martin Scores Big
When asked what the Cardinals looked for, a scout on the staff replied, "Hard guys. I don't care whether they can field or not. I want strong-armed, strong-legged guys who can hit and run and throw. Guys like -- well, like Pepper Martin." Martin tallied 122 runs scored in 1933, tops in the National League.
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