Bats, Balls, Boys, Dreams and Unforgettable Experiences: Youth All-Star Games in New York, 1944–65
This article was published in the 2017 The National Pastime.
More than 1 million American boys participated in newspaper-sponsored high school baseball all-star games like the Hearst Sandlot Classic beginning in the 1940s. Over 100 of the young men from these games made their way to the major leagues, including Whitey Ford, Al Kaline, Ron Santo, and Joe Torre. The summer of 1947 was like few others before it in the annals of New York baseball. The month of August welcomed a heat wave as well as young men (ages 16–18) from all over the United States for . . .
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