Womack: Baseball cards of the 10 forgotten 1945 All-Stars

From SABR member Graham Womack at Sports Collectors Daily on July 3, 2015:

Much has been made recently of several Kansas City Royals players questionably leading All Star voting at their positions. As many as seven Royals could start in the July 14 game with talk of revising fan voting. All the same, this wouldn’t mark the first time deserving players have missed their All Star chance.

Seventy years ago, in the waning days of World War II, baseball cancelled its All Star Game for the first and thus far only time in its history. The cancellation came because of war-time travel restrictions, though there was brief talk of playing the game in front of American GI’s in Germany’s Nuremberg Nazi Party Stadium.

Ten obscure players selected as 1945 All Stars by the Associated Press never got another nod. Appropriately, since very few baseball cards were produced during World War II, one need look to pre and post-war sets to pay tribute to these men.

Read the full article here: http://www.sportscollectorsdaily.com/baseball-cards-forgotten-1945-stars/

Originally published: July 4, 2015. Last Updated: July 4, 2015.