Lucey: 1963 All-Star Game in Cleveland was no all-star performance

From SABR member Bill Lucey at Daily News Gems on January 16, 2019:

The experiment failed.

No one was happier than a majority of fans (including scores of players) to see Major League Baseball return to a single-game format, beginning with the 1963 MLB All-Star game in Cleveland on July 9.

From 1959 through 1962, MLB launched an experiment, holding two All-Star games a year. In order to get the players’ consent to revert back to the single game format, the owners agreed to put 95 per cent of the net receipts of $250,384.59 and the TV-radio receipts into the players pension fund. Previously, players received only 60 per cent.

The 1963 midseason classic marked the 34th playing of All-Star game. In 1963, Cleveland was still very much a vibrant city, though its population had been in decline since the 1950s. The population in Cleveland peaked in 1950 with 914,808 inhabitants, the seventh largest city in the nation with a 15 percent foreign population. In 1963, Cleveland’s population was roughly 876,050 (according to the 1960 census), the 8th largest city in the nation with an 11 percent foreign population.

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Originally published: January 17, 2019. Last Updated: January 17, 2019.