This isn’t the O-Pee-Chee card that I have, so it ruins my intro, which would have said: It’s hard to see in this 1985 O-Pee-Chee card of Gary Roenicke, but there’s something odd on the back. It isn’t that there’s a whole bunch of French, but rather the trivia question.
In a million years, would you have ever guessed that a pitcher drove in the first run in an All-star game? The fact that it was Lefty Gomez is even more bizarre, as he wasn’t even a decent hitter (.147/.194/.159) with 58 RBIs in 14 seasons. Of course, maybe Gomez just turned it on when it matters most, as he batted an impeccable .150/.227/.150 in the postseason.
You know who the hitter with the second and third RBIs in an All-star game was? Babe Ruth. Not shocking.
The game was played in 1933 at Comiskey Park and was dubbed the “Game of the Century.” The American League won 4-2 behind strong pitching from Gomez, who is also the first player to win an All-star game.
God, I love baseball. The same player who won the first All-star game also got the first RBI in All-star game history.