Yankees' Lefty Gomez was the ‘first’ All-Star
Especially when it came to the biggest of games.
On July 6, 1933, Gomez pitched his way to the first-ever All-Star game hosted in Chicago. Not only did Gomez earn his spot in the All-Star game, but he had the honor of being the first-ever starting pitcher.
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After Gomez’s three-inning introduction to the Midsummer Classic, Babe Ruth’s second appearance at the plate resulted in the first-ever All-Star Game home run, bringing home Charlie Gehringer. By the bottom of the third, the American League was up 3-0.
With Grove and General Crowder closing out the innings of the game on the mound, the American League walked away with a 4-2 win over the National League.
The 1933 All-Star game would be the first of seven consecutive All-Star Game selections for Gomez. He would start the All-Star Game five times.
Gomez was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1972.
Larkin Richards is the 2022 social media intern in the Hall of Fame’s Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development