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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Ruth the Hero in "Game of the Century"
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

July 6, 1933

In conjunction with the World's Fair in Chicago, the first All-Star Game is organized. It's called "The Game of the Century," so it's no surprise that the day's hero is the player of the century. Babe Ruth's two-run homer off left-hander Bill Hallahan in the third inning keys the American League's 4-2 victory over the National League before 49,200 fans at Comiskey Park.

"Ruth? He was marvelous," says John McGraw, who came out of retirement to manage the National League team. "That old boy certainly came through when they needed him."

The Bambino was happy about his homer and the victory. "Wasn't it swell? Didn't we win?" he says with a huge grin.

After Frankie Frisch's solo homer in the sixth closes the National League's deficit to 3-2, the American League gets an insurance run in the bottom of the inning on Earl Averill's run-scoring single.

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