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Carl Hubbell’s Great Pitching In The 1934 All-Star Game Remembered

February 24, 2017

Sadly, I will never know for sure, but I do not think my father was there in July, 1934 at The Polo Grounds.

He was there on 155th Street, when the amazing24 game winning streak of Carl Hubbell ended.

Did Carl really take the mound that July day in 1934, hot, but not stifling weather, as a member of the champion New York Giants and allow greats Charlie Gehringer and Henry “Heinie” Manush, the latter batting a cool .402 at “the break,” to reach base.

Did “King Carl” then strikeout three of the greatest hitters in history, not far from THE Three Greatest, if at all, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Jimmie Foxx in succession, to get out of the first inning unscathed in that All-Star Game?

Did he really start the second inning getting greats Al Simmons and Joe Cronin on strikeouts, before Bill Dickey, an all-time catcher singled and then the amazing Lefty Gomez fanned?

It really did happen. You can look it up and the man, Casey Stengel, who made that phrase famous, was also there as a National League coach.

 

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Carl Hubbell, one of the greatest of all pitchers, pictured above.

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