“It was almost definite that the all-star baseball game, inaugurated last July, would not be repeated in 1934 as considerable opposition had sprung up.” ~ Associated Press, December 13, 1933.
“It was also agreed by the magnates today to make the all-star major league game, inaugurated in Chicago last July, a permanent event.” ~ Associated Press, December 14, 1933.
What a difference a day makes. The 1933 All-Star game was this-close to being a one-and-done.
The opposition to the game appeared to dove-tail with a general fear about interleague play by team owners.
Clearly, a lot of owners wanted no part in a game that would affect their schedule — and profits — and interleague play, which might also affect their own team’s bottom line.
(Keeping the leagues segregated, of course, wasn’t the worst segregation going on in baseball back then … ) Continue reading