JULY 18, 2022 — Seventy-five years ago this month, with the National and American Leagues newly integrated, and the Negro National League and American League still loaded with talent, baseball’s major leagues held three All-Star Games.
At Chicago’s Wrigley Field on July 8, 1947, pitching dominated in the American League’s 2-1 win over the National League. The Negro Leagues held two East-West Games in July 1947, both won by the West All-Stars. On July 27 at Comiskey Park, Dan Bankhead was the winning pitcher in the West’s 5-2 win over the East, a month before becoming the first pitcher to break baseball’s color line with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Two days later at the Polo Grounds, Artie Wilson’s four hits and four runs and Sam Jethroe’s three hits and four RBI led the West to a 8-2 win.
The SABR Games Project has the full stories of 1947’s All-Star Games, written by SABR members:
- National League-American League All-Star Game at Wrigley Field, written by C. Paul Rogers III
- 15th annual East-West Classic at Comiskey Park, written by Donna L. Halper
- East-West Game at the Polo Grounds, written by James Overmyer
Celebrate this week’s 92nd Major League Baseball All-Star Game by visiting the SABR Games Project’s collection of articles on past Midsummer Classics.
New articles include Andrew Harner on a 1942 game between the AL All-Stars and a military all-star team, Gary Belleville on the final All-American Girls Professional Baseball League All-Star Game in 1954, and Stew Thornley on baseball’s 1985 and 2003 All-Star Games.
— John Fredland
Originally published: July 18, 2022. Last Updated: July 18, 2022.