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An all-star game before there was The All-Star Game

Jul 12, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

Addie Joss

Despite the world getting smaller, print media dying and location not mattering all that much, I do make a point to read my local paper most mornings. Old habits die hard for old men.

Glad I read my Columbus Dispatch this morning, because there was a great story in there by AJ Mazzolini about a curious all-star game that took place well before there was any official All-Star Game in 1933. This game?  A benefit all-star game in which all of the biggest names of 1911 took on the Cleveland Naps to benefit the family of Addie Joss, the Naps’ star pitcher who died suddenly at the beginning of the 1911 season.

Unlike tonight’s game, which purports to “count” but really doesn’t, the July 24, 1911 all-star game truly did count for something special. Would that we could find a higher and better use for our current All-Star Game.

  1. SmackSaw - Jul 12, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    Addie Joss is unstoppable on What If Sports.

  2. dink53 - Jul 12, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Could you save the Food section for me? They stopped delivering the Dispatch in NW Ohio.

  3. adenzeno - Jul 12, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Men with honor and compassion.

  4. contraryguy - Jul 12, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    A rare gem from the Dispatch. Beats reading about tattoo-gate and the Blue Jackets. On the baseball side tho Clippers are rocking the IL but they get almost no coverage.

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