Neyer: My dream game, 1934 East-West All-Star Game

From SABR member Rob Neyer at The National Pastime Museum on May 14, 2015:

I’ve been following this site’s “My Dream Game” series with great interest, because it’s a question I’ve long considered: “If I could hop in a time machine and see a baseball game, any game at all, which one would I see?”

My colleagues here have come up with some outstanding candidates; in fact, some of their choices have been on my list over the years. Ultimately, though, I’m looking for something I can’t otherwise see, or imagine, really, in any great detail.


All those old baseball mysteries that I previously mentioned are endlessly fascinating, but nearly all of them dropped piles of breadcrumbs over the years, allowing us to reach some reasonable conclusions. So while I’d love to see the Babe’s Called Shot, or if Joe Jackson was really trying his hardest in left field during the 1919 World Series, given a time machine I would set my sights even higher.

Given the chance, I would travel back to August 26, 1934. On the South Side of Chicago, Comiskey Park hosted the second East-West Game, reportedly featuring the best black ballplayers in America. In practice, this was largely a contest between the Pittsburgh Crawfords and the Chicago American Giants, with a few players from other teams sprinkled among both rosters.

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Originally published: May 15, 2015. Last Updated: May 15, 2015.