Wrigley 100 July 8: The 1947 All-Star Game
Baseball’s All-Star Game was born in Chicago in 1933, but the first contest was held on the South Side. The Midsummer Classic didn’t come to Wrigley Field for the first time until July 8, 1947 when 41,123 fans saw the American League prevail 2-1.
The National League held a 1-0 lead through five innings, thanks to a home run by New York Giant Johnny Mize off Frank “Spec” Shea. But Shea (who was a rookie) wound up the winning pitcher when the American League notched a run on a Joe Dimaggio double play ball to tie the score the sixth inning and another in the seventh when Bobby Doerr and Stan Spence singles to provide the margin of victory.
The All-Star Game was the brainchild of Chicago Tribune sports editor Arch Ward. Comiskey Park got the nod over Wrigley Field due to a coin flip as plans were being made for the inaugural game (thanks Stuart Shea). Andy Pafko (0-2) and Phil Cavaretta ( 0-1) were the Cub All-Stars.
The 1947 game was the first where the fans selected the starting line-ups. Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Boudreau, Ralph Kiner, Bob Feller, Early Wynn, Stan Musial, Warren Spahn, and Luke Appling were among the stars who were on the All-Star teams that day.