7 American League Hall Of Famers At The 1937 All-Star Game

May 15, 2021

Seven Baseball Giants

This colorized photograph features seven future Hall of Fame players from the American League at the All-Star game. This was the fifth time the All-Star game had been played, and it was held on July 7, 1937 at Griffith Stadium in Washington D.C. The American League defeated the National League, 8-3.

Source: (Wikipedia/Colorized by Klimbim).

The first All-Star Game was played at Chicago’s Comiskey Park on July 6, 1933 as a way to bolster the sport, as the country contended with the darkness of the Great Depression. It was first billed as the “Game of the Century,” and by the time this photo was taken, it was on its way to become a permanent summer fixture. 

Lou Gehrig

Lou Gehrig. Source: (Wikipedia/colorized by My Heritage).

Lou Gehrig, nicknamed the Iron Horse, was drafted by the Yankees in 1923, and continued to play in the MLB until he retired at the age of 36 in 1939 after he was hindered by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the disease which would come to be known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was the Yankees first baseman throughout that time, and played 2,130 consecutive games, a record which stood until Cal Ripkin broke it in 1995. Over the course of his 17 year career, he was an All-Star seven consecutive times, a Triple Crown winners, an American League MVP twice. He was also the member of six World Series champion teams. He finished his career with a .340 batting average, a .632 slugging average and a .447 on base average. He hit 493 home runs and had 1,995 runs batted in. He still holds the record for the ratio of runs scored plus runs batted in per 100 plate appearances at 35.08, and per 100 games, at 156.7. He held the record for the most grand slams, 23, until it was broken by Alex Rodriguez. When Gehrig retired, he gave an iconic and moving speech at Yankee stadium, “The Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth.” He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939. Two years later he died, and he is still revered by fans.