Baseball fans, welcome to Big League Stew's Most Memorable Memory Tournament: All-Star Edition. Between now and the July 15th All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium, we'll be pitting the best All-Star moments against each other in an attempt to let you decide the best highlight since the game's inception at old Comiskey Park in 1933.
But before we can unveil our decade- and era-spanning 32-moment brackets, there are four play-in spots to be decided. Here's the fourth and final play-in matchup. Cast your vote below.
Gene Budig Regional play-in8. Satchel Paige joins AL All-Star team, AARP
When: July 14, 1953
Where: Crosley Field, Cincinnati
What happened?: After being selected without playing in the '52 game, Satchel Paige of the St. Louis Browns became the oldest player — at either 46 or 47 years old — to appear in an All-Star Game. Starting the eighth inning, Paige rocked (on the mound, not in a chair) and fired at Gil Hodges, who lined out to Larry Doby. Enos Slaughter and Murry Dickson each had drove in a run against Paige, a longtime Negro Leagues superstar, who didn't reach the majors until after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier.
One of the game's all-time entertainers, Paige retired at the end of '53 but returned 12 years later for the Kansas City Athletics. He allowed one hit in a three-inning start for Charlie Finley's A's. Afterward, Paige promptly retired again. "How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?" Paige was famously quoted as saying.
When: July 7, 1936
Where: Braves Field, Boston
What happened?: What if they had an All-Star Game and almost nobody came? Braves Field could hold some 42,000 fans, but only 25,556 showed on a sunny day— a season after Cleveland set a record with 69,831 fans — to watch the NL get its first win after three AL victories. Apparently, the media of the day mistakenly led folks to believe that the game had sold out. Those who ignored the fourth estate saw a home run by Lou Gehrig, along with six combined shutout innings by Dizzy Dean and Carl Hubbell, and the first All-Star appearance by Joe DiMaggio — who went 0-for-5 with an error.
So what's the more memorable All-Star memory? (Polling closes around noon on Monday CT)
- Satchel Paige