Everybody Is A Star: Q&A With Author Lew Freedman

July 12th, 2010 by Ron Kaplan Leave a reply »

Well, perhaps not everybody …

With apologies to Sly and the Family Stone .

In honor of the annual contest—held this year on July 13 in Anaheim—I run this little Q&A with Lew Freedman, author of The Day All the Stars Came Out: Major League Baseball’s First All-star Game, 1933 , (McFarland ).


Bookshelf: What made you pick the first official All-Star game as a topic?

Freedman : I just always thought it was neat how the All-Star game was created with its tie-in to the 1933 World’s Fair and I was always blown away by how many famous names were connected to the game, players and the managers, Connie Mack and John McGraw. I worked at the Chicago Tribune , in the sports department, but if that was any influence it was unconscious.

As someone who reads a large number of baseball books and has done considerable research for my own baseball history books, I just thought it was a worthwhile subject to explore in depth.


Bookshelf: What was the original concept for the Game?

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