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Yankees Magic Moment No. 1: Babe Ruth Hits First All-Star Game Home Run

Who else could it be? The first All-Star Game, pitting the best of the American League against the best of the National League, took place in Comiskey Park in Chicago in 1933. It was dubbed "The Game of the Century," and who else but George Herman Ruth would slug the first home run in its history? It had to be him, who was (and still is) the most iconic figure in American sports. He was in the waning years of his career (38 years old), but still good enough to be one of the game's best players.

The game was established at the behest of the Chicago Tribune's sports editor, who wanted a sporting event to coincide with the "Century of Progress" Exposition. Fans and managers selected the rosters, which included 20 future Hall of Famers. Not only were most of the players living legends, but the managers were too: Connie Mack and John McGraw, who combined to manage for 86 years and over 12,000 games.

In the third inning of the contest, with Bill Hallahan pitching and Charlie Gehringer on first, Babe Ruth pulled a fastball just inside the right-field foul pole and forever etched his name into All-Star history.

There's only one name synonomous with home runs, and it's not Hank Aaron or Barry Bonds or Roger Maris; it's the Sultan of Swat, The King of Clout, The Bambino*, Babe Ruth. He hit the first longball in Yankee Stadium history, was the first to hit 30, 40, 50 and 60 homers in a season, and the first to reach 200, 300, 400, 500, 600 and 700 career longballs. He (may have) even called his own home run in the World Series just a few months prior to the '33 All-Star Game.

Ironically, it was a pitcher that provided the first RBI in All-Star history, Lefty Gomez, also of the Yankees, who singled in Jimmy Dykes in the second inning. He also threw three scoreless innings for the win.

Ruth ended up going 2-4 with two strikeouts while Lou Gehrig went 0-2 with two walks.

As if he wasn't legendary enough going into the first Midsummer Classic, Ruth (as always) wanted more, and he got it. Hitting the first All-Star home run is a footnote to his career, but as far as Yankee moments go, it's second to none.

* They just don't make nicknames like they used to.