From Sandlot to Center Stage: Pittsburgh Youth All-Star Games, 1944–59

By Alan Cohen

This article was published in the 2018 The National Pastime.

Shortly after the invasion of Normandy in 1944, cities throughout the United States selected players to appear in the first Esquire All-American Boys Baseball Game in New York. From the time the first Pittsburgh player, Bill Herstek, was selected for the Esquire game in 1944 to the time Glenn Beckert was selected for the Hearst Sandlot Classic in 1959, more than 500 young men played in youth All-Star games in Pittsburgh that served as tryouts for the national games. Shortly after the invasion of Normandy in 1944, cities throughout . . .

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