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Five Phillies have been named the NL Most Valuable Player

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Klein was the National League MVP in 1932 and finished as runner-up in both 1931 and 1933

 

Major League Baseball will conclude the process of handing out hardware to the 2019 award winners on Thursday with the naming of the National and American League Most Valuable Players.

In a televised announcement on the MLB Network beginning at 6:00 pm EST, the official BBWAA award winners will be announced.

As has been the case all week, the IBWAA (internet writers/bloggers) named their winners during the afternoon.

 

This year’s three finalists for the BBWAA honors in the National League are outfielder/first baseman Cody Bellinger of the LA Dodgers, third baseman Anthony Rendon of the world champion Washington Nationals, and outfielder Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers, the latter of whom as last year’s winner.

Over in the American League the finalists are third baseman Alex Bregman of the pennant-winning Houston Astros, shortstop Marcus Semien of the Oakland A’s, and outfielder Mike Trout of the LA Angels. Trout is a two-time AL MVP and four-time runner-up for the honors.

My thought is that Bellinger will win the NL MVP honors. But my pick would be Rendon. The Nationals turned their season around after a miserable first seven weeks, put up the NL’s best record over the final four months, and won the first world championship in franchise history. Rendon’s productive bat and outstanding play at the hot corner were keys.

In the American League, there is little doubt that Trout is baseball’s best all-around player. But this is not the “Most Outstanding Player” award, it’s for the most valuable. The Halos finished 18 games below the .500 mark and in fourth place. Bregman is similarly outstanding, and his club won. But he was surrounded by easily the best and deepest lineup in the league.

Semien is nowhere near as well known in wider baseball circles. However, his value to the NL West runners-up in leading the small-market Athletics to the postseason for a second straight year is worthy of the award: 33 homers, 83 extra-base hits, 92 RBIs, 123 runs scored and outstanding defensive play at shortstop helped add up to 8.1 total WAR. He would be my choice.

The origins of a formal Most Valuable Player in baseball can be traced back to the 1911 season, and an early automobile manufacturer by the name of Hugh Chalmers.

Chalmers company presented a vehicle to the player with the highest batting average after the 1910 season. For 1911 he instituted the Chalmers Award, with a baseball writer’s committee formed to select what was described as the “most important and useful player to the club and to the league“.

The Chalmers Award was handed out following the next four seasons from 1911-14, and the winners are a who’s who of Hall of Famers: Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, Walter Johnson, and Eddie Collins. As World War I began and national attention diverted to the effort that summer, the award was discontinued after the 1914 season.

The American League decided to hand out an award beginning in 1922 to “the baseball player who is of the greatest all-around service to his club“. It was voted on by a baseball writer’s committee, and players were only allowed to win one time.

That award lasted for seven seasons. Hall of Famer George Sisler won the first, and Johnson took the honors in 1924. A pair of legendary New York Yankees stars, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, won the award for the 1923 and 1927 seasons. The first Philadelphia ball player, Mickey Cochrane of the Athletics, won the final award in 1928.

The National League followed suit in 1924 with an award that lasted through the 1929 season, but the NL allowed a player to win multiple times. This resulted in Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby winning in both 1925 and 1929.

For the 1931 season, the Baseball Writer’s Association of America (BBWAA) began to hand out the honors that have lasted through today.  In the NL, the Phillies’ Chuck Klein won in 1932 and finished as runner-up in the voting in both 1931 and 1933.

Philadelphia Athletics ball players captured the first three AL awards, with pitcher Lefty Grove winning in 1931 and then slugger Jimmie Foxx taking it in 1932 and 1933. The A’s would get one more AL MVP winner before leaving town, with southpaw pitcher Bobby Shantz earning the honors in 1952.

Foxx would win again in 1938 for his performance that season with the Boston Red Sox. He is one of only four three-time winners in the American League, joining Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and Alex Rodriguez. Trout will try to join that list tonight.

In the National League, Barry Bonds captured the award seven times. Next in line are a list of four three-time winners including Stan Musial, Roy Campanella, and Albert Pujols.

The other three-time winner in the NL is the greatest player in Philadelphia Phillies franchise history, Michael Jack Schmidt.

Mike Schmidt won the National League Most Valuable Player award for his performances in the 1980, 1981, and 1986 seasons. Ernie Banks in 1958-59, Joe Morgan in 1975-76, Dale Murphy in 1982-83, Bonds in 1992-93, and Pujols in 2008-09 are the other back-to-back NL winners. Yelich will try to join those ranks tonight. Bonds also had a stretch of four straight wins 2001-04.

A pitcher with the 1950 Phillies “Whiz Kids” National League championship club, Jim Konstanty was honored with the NL MVP that season, and remains the only reliever to ever win the Most Valuable Player honors. Konstanty received 18 of 24 first-place votes that year to win comfortably over Musial.

How did a relief pitcher capture the honors? Well, it would be hard to argue against Konstanty’s value to the NL pennant winners. He won 16 games and recorded 22 saves while tossing 152 innings and allowing just 108 hits across 74 games, all out of the bullpen.

With Klein, Konstanty, and the three Schmidt honors, that leaves two more Phillies National League Most Valuable Players. Those two were teammates who captured the honors in back-to-back seasons.

In 2006, first baseman Ryan Howard, who had won the NL Rookie of the Year award the prior season, won in a reasonably close vote over Pujols. Howard received 20 first-place votes while Pujols got the other 12, with Howard winning the overall vote by 388-347.

The following year, shortstop Jimmy Rollins predicted before the season began that the Phillies were “the team to beat” in the NL East Division. The club had fallen short despite contending over the prior half-dozen years, and had not won a division crown in 14 seasons.

JRoll backed up his prediction with an MVP performance. He became the first player in big-league history to record 20+ home runs (30), doubles (38), triples (20), and stolen bases (41) and scored 139 runs. Despite such an outstanding season, Rollins win was tight, edging out Matt Holliday of the Rockies by 353-336. Rollins received 16 first-place votes to 11 for Holliday.

A pair of current Phillies players have National League Most Valuable Player awards in their home trophy case. Andrew McCutchen won the award in 2013 as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates, finishing third in both 2012 and 2014. Bryce Harper was the unanimous winner in 2015 as a member of the Washington Nationals.

Who will be the next Philadelphia Phillies player to take home the NL Most Valuable Player Award? At just age 27, Harper would seem to be the most logical candidate. If he can do it, he would add his name to a list that includes just 11 players in winning the award multiple times during a career.

 

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In 1902, the new Philadelphia baseball rivalry spilled over to pro football

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The 1902 Philadelphia Athletics  (pic) rivalry with the Phillies spilled over to pro football

Today is Super Bowl Sunday, one of the biggest sporting days in the world. It is estimated that well over 100 million people worldwide will tune in to watch the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams battle to become this year’s champions of the National Football League at some point.

The game won’t hold the same edge-of-your-seat passionate interest that last year’s game did here in Philadelphia. A year ago, the Philadelphia Eagles defeated New England in a thrilling 41-33 contest to capture the first-ever Super Bowl crown in franchise history.
As soon as this year’s game ends and the last of the chicken wings, pizza, and beer has been consumed here in Philly, local sports fans will begin to much more seriously consider the upcoming Philadelphia Phillies baseball season.
The Phillies pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Clearwater, Florida exactly ten days from today for the official start of 2019 spring training camp. The position players will join later that week, and the first game of the Grapefruit League season is scheduled for Friday, February 22.
A fun fact that most Phillies fans are probably not aware of is that there was once a Philadelphia Phillies professional football team in town. In fact, there is a direct link, as the football team was actually owned by the baseball team.
In 1902 a first-ever attempt to form a pro football league took place right here in Pennsylvania. And in fact, that formation was a direct result of the beginning of the baseball wars the previous year with the formation of the new American League.
The Phillies had been in existence as members of the National League since the 1883 season, though they were often referred to as the ‘Philadelphia Quakers’ during their first seven seasons. The NL had been founded seven years earlier, on February 2, 1876.

Ben Shibe (2nd from left, front row) was the original owner of the Philadelphia Athletics – both the baseball and football versions. (Bain News Service/WikiCommons)
Founded on January 28, 1901 the American League set out to become an alternative “major league” and expand opportunities for both players and fans to participate in the game at the highest levels.
During the 1901-02 seasons there was outright war between the more established “Senior Circuit” of the NL and the new kids on the block, the “Junior Circuit” of the AL. The two would finally establish a ‘Pax baseball’ following the 1902 season, with establishment of rules regarding player contracts as well as a World Series between champions of the two leagues.
But while that initial war was still being fought, the idea of professional football was brought into the fray. Phillies owner John Rogers started a football team named after his baseball club. Ben Shibe, owner of the Philadelphia Athletics in the AL, decided to start one of his own in response.
Out in Pittsburgh, the Homestead Library & Athletic Club had what was considered the best football team in the nation made up of professional paid players. The team was funded by Pittsburgh Pirates minority owner William Chase Temple, and had not lost a game during either their 1900 or 1901 schedules.
Football promoter Dave Berry took many of those Homestead players and formed a pro team called the Pittsburgh Stars. The team is believed by many to have remained funded by either Temple or the Pirates majority owner, Barney Dreyfuss.
That was the extent of what became known as the National Football League in 1902: the Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Athletics, and Pittsburgh Stars. And to avoid confusion for modern fans, that “NFL” was to have no relation to today’s league.
There were many players who were involved with both the football and baseball teams, and so this led to the football season not opening until early October in 1902. Due to Pennsylvania’s “Blue Laws“, which forbid most activities from being held on Sundays due to religious reasons, all of the 1902 NFL games took place on Saturdays.

The 1902 Philadelphia Athletics pro football club was owned by Connie Mack and the American League’s Philadelphia Athletics baseball club. (unknown/WikiCommons)
The official schedule was for each team to play the other two times, followed by a championship. At the season’s conclusion, the Athletics and Stars faced off in a match that was being billed as the championship in Pittsburgh on Thanksgiving Day.
After a delay due to payment of the A’s players, the game finally got underway. The game was described as “an even match” where “both teams played their best”, but it settled nothing as the two teams battled to a scoreless tie.
A second game was quickly scheduled to see if a victor could be determined. In that rematch, the Stars came out on top by an 11-0 score. Thus, Pittsburgh would remain the champions of professional football.
The A’s would later defeat the Phillies in a game that was billed as the City Championship, but it was a bittersweet win after the defeat by Pittsburgh. The overall final records for the three teams along with the points for and against were as follows: Pittsburgh Stars (3-2-1, 39-22), Philadelphia Athletics (3-2-1, 34-44), Philadelphia Phillies (3-3, 41-34).
And that was that for the first-ever National Football League. With the settlement of disputes between the National and American Leagues in baseball, the attempt at carrying over the rivalry to pro football died off.
On the baseball diamond, the fledgling Athletics would prove far more successful than those early Phillies as the new century was dawning. The 1902 Phillies went 56-81 while the Athletics went 83-53 and won the second-ever AL pennant.

The actual American pro football league that we know today would not form until 1920 as the American Professional Football Association (APFA), changing to the National Football League (NFL) for the 1922 season.
The Philadelphia Eagles have won the NFL title four times: 1948-49, 1960, and last year’s 2017 championship. The Philadelphia Athletics would win five World Series crowns: 1910-11, 1913, 1929-30. The Philadelphia Phillies have captured a pair of World Series titles: 1980, 2008.

Originally published at Phillies Nation as “Wait, there was once a Philadelphia Phillies – professional football team?

Ty Cobb Ends His Career in Philadelphia

Ty Cobb is one of the greatest players in baseball history, but few are aware that the Hall of Fame legend finished up his long career as a member of the Philadelphia A’s, the franchise that would later relocate to become the Oakland Athletics.
Cobb is rightly remembered as a Detroit Tigers superstar. He played for 24 seasons in the big leagues, and 22 of those were with the Tigers. Nicknamed “The Georgia Peach”, Cobb was born in the Peach State in 1886 and grew to love the game of baseball at an early age.
The story of Cobb’s early life, brief minor league career, and a family tragedy that had lasting implications is well told in the book “Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty” by Charles Leehrsen, and his SABR bio by Daniel Ginsburg.

Cobb With the Tigers

Cobb blew no one away during his rookie rookie season with the Tigers in 1905. The 18-year-old was a boy among men, and his stat line shows just how much that difference meant. He hit for just a .240/.288/.340 slash over his first 164 plate appearances that year.
But by the following season in 1906, Cobb had established himself more, and in 1907 at age 20 he exploded, leading the big leagues in hits, RBI, batting average and total bases, and the American League in steals, slugging, OPS and OPS+.
It was the first of many such seasons for Cobb. Over the 22 years in Detroit he would lead the majors in hits seven times, steals four times, runs scored and RBI three times, and triples and doubles twice. He even led baseball in homers during the 1909 season.
He won the American League MVP Award in 1911, and received Most Valuable Player votes in each of the next three seasons as well.

Cobb Tied to a Scandal

Following the 1926 season, in the aftermath of a near scandal involving accusations that Cobb and fellow future Hall of Famer Tris Speaker had engaged in trying to fix a game between the Tigers and Speaker’s Cleveland Indians team back in 1919, Cobb and Speaker both retired.
Both players were found not guilty of the accusations by Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis, but Cobb, fearing his reputation had been tarnished, hired lawyers to begin an investigation of baseball.
Before that effort could get very far, according to Ginsburg, “Cobb received a lucrative offer from Philadelphia owner and manager Connie Mack, one of the few men in baseball that Cobb truly admired and respected”, and chose to take Mack up on the offer to join the Athletics.
The lucrative offer was for two years at $85,000 total, big money in those days. Cobb would thus come to Philadelphia and play the final two seasons of his glorious and controversial career in an A’s uniform.
“I’d battled and feuded with the A’s and their fans most of my career, needed police protection at Shibe Park and received a good dozen anonymous death threats there,” said Cobb. Now he was not only playing for the team, but he received a standing ovation in his first game from the notoriously tough Philly fans.

Cobb Winds it Down in Philadelphia

Playing with something to prove now at age 40, Cobb put together a strong first season with the A’s in 1927. That year he hit for a .357 average and recorded a .440 on-base percentage. He had 44 extra-base hits, and his 104 runs scored and 175 hits were his best marks in four years. He even stole 22 bases, though he was also thrown out a majors-high 16 times as well.
Those 1927 Athletics won 91 games, but it was only good enough for a distant second place in the American League, 19 games behind the vaunted “Murderer’s Row” New York Yankees team featuring a half-dozen Hall of Famers including Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.
In 1928, the A’s nearly overcame the Yanks, but again finished in second place, this time just three games back. Cobb hit for a .323/.389/.431 slash with 32 extra-base hits, but by the end of the season he was relegated to the bench by the emergence of 20-year-old future Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx.
The A’s would not only catch the Yankees the following season, they would begin a streak of three consecutive American League pennants, winning back-to-back World Series crowns in 1929 and 1930 before being dethroned by the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games in 1931.
Cobb would not be around for that glorious run, however. He retired following the 1928 campaign, taking with him career totals of 4,191 hits and 2,246 runs as well as 1,938 RBI and 892 stolen bases. He finished with a career .367/.433/.513 slash line.

Cobb’s Career Postscript

In February of 1936, the first class was elected to the new Baseball Hall of Fame. 75 percent support from the 226 voters was required for election, and only five men from among all the game’s greats to that point made it. Receiving 222 votes, Cobb was one of them.
The others who kept him company in that legendary first Hall of Fame class read like baseball royalty, as they should: Babe Ruth, Honus WagnerWalter Johnson, and Christy Mathewson. Cobb’s 98.2 percent of the vote stood as the record until Tom Seaver received 98.8 percent in 1992.
The greatness and controversy of Cobb’s career was ultimately captured not only in numerous books and essays, but also in a 1994 film starring Tommy Lee Jones in the title role of Cobb, for which Jones was nominated for a Best Actor award by the Chicago Film Critics Association.

Book Review: "Diehards: Why Fans Care So Much About Sports"

If you are a baseball fan like me, you enjoy all aspects of the game. Not just the more analytical, statistics-based evaluations of recent years, or the classic excitement of a dramatic game, series, or season, but the whole enchilada.
The history of the game and the background stories of the players and other individuals involved fascinate me. 
The best resource to obtain information of this type can often be a well-written book on a particular subject.
All of the reading that I have done over decades following the game finally led me to this idea for the introduction of a “book reviews” series, with coverage of both the Phillies in particular and baseball in general.
In moving forward with the series, I will mostly focus on material written about the Fightin’ Phils specifically. But if something influences me enough while only barely touching on the team, will highlight those as well.
I wanted to begin the series with something that  included the Phillies, but also would be of interest to the wider audience of baseball fans. I believe that I may have stumbled upon the perfect choice.
As a big fan of the team and the game in the passionate sports town of Philly, the aspect of fandom itself has always fascinated me. This led to my interest in introducing you to the 2015 book “Diehards: Why Fans Care So Much About Sports” by Chip Scarinzi.
Chip is one of us, a self-described “lifelong, diehard Philadelphia Phillies fan” who grew up in New Jersey
and “studied roster moves and researched their history.”
Chip would produce “real-time hitting and pitching statistics on note cards while listening to the soothing voices of Harry Kalas and Richie Ashburn call games deep into the night” in those days many of us well recall before the influence of the internet.
Relocating to the west coast as a youth, Chip would eventually split his allegiances between the Phillies in the National League, and his new hometown Oakland Athletics in the American League.
Of course, since he was just a kid, and it’s a different league, and especially since the A’s were Philly’s team longer than any other locality (their first 54 seasons from 1901-54) we can both understand and forgive him.
In “Diehards“, Chip explores what it is that makes the fans in places like Philadelphia and Oakland so passionate. 
What is it that all have in common? What leads us to spend our good money on shirseys, and often act out at a ballpark in ways we would never consider doing, say, at our workplace or even right in our own backyards?
Chip weaves in references to other research, to modern studies on the topic, while instilling the work with his own flavor, which is both understandable and enjoyable to read.

We are social creatures and we long for community. We strive for a feeling of belonging and the mutual understanding that exists when people come together and enjoy shared interests. At the stadium, we look around the horde and nod knowingly to our fellow fans. You’re in on it too, huh? This secret society gathers frequently, dresses the same, chants in the same way, and even sits and stands in unison.” ~ Scarinzi

This isn’t a pop psychology book about sports fandom in general, however. It is that, but it is tailored very specifically towards baseball fans in its references and stories by the influence that the game has had on the author.
Chip covers various areas of fandom over the course of an easy to read 205-page work. From costumed “superfans” and what drives them, to the violence sometimes caused in the name of a team.
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An appealing target for Phillies fans. (Image source)
He touches on big-ticket issues like faith, loyalty and family and how these influence our choices as fans, from the teams and players we root for to the ways in which we act while cheering and following.
Growing up as a Phillies fan, and still to this day grappling with other people’s perceptions about what that says about me, I am all too aware that some fans…make bad decisions. If I never hear another word about Philadelphia sports fans booing Santa Clause or pelting a top draft pick that never signed with the team, J.D. Drew, with batteries, it will be too soon.
I think we all understand how he feels on that one.
There were a couple of strategic links to Chip’s book placed back in this piece. If you’re looking for some interesting and informative summer baseball reading that touches on the Phillies, this book will be right up your alley. I recommend it highly.

Philadelphia’s First MLB All-Star Game

The first All-Star Game ever played in Philadelphia was also a first for Major League Baseball. 
The game, played at Shibe Park on July 13th, 1943 was the first midsummer classic to be scheduled at night.
Being a “first” involving the illumination of a ball game in the dark was nothing new for Shibe, which had also been the site of the first-ever night game in the history of the American League back in May of 1939.
Shibe Park was the first steel-and-concrete ball park in the game’s history, and was home to the American League’s Philadelphia (now Oakland) Athletics from 1909-1954. It was located in a neighborhood of mostly Irish immigrants then known affectionately as Swampoodle.
The then-34 year old facility could be found even more specifically along Lehigh Avenue and north, between 20th and 21st Streets. 
In the spring of that 1938 season, the park had taken in a new tenant. The National League’s Phillies moved in that year from old Baker Bowl, which sat just 5 blocks away at Broad & Huntingdon.
The Phillies legendary Hall of Fame outfielder and broadcaster, Richie Ashburn, would say of Shibe: “It looked like a ballpark. It smelled like a ballpark. It had a feeling and a heartbeat, a personality that was all baseball.
Though the two teams would share Shibe Park for 17 seasons, it was the A’s playing hosts for the game, and so the AL would be the home team. 
And so it was that on a warm, overcast July evening in the middle of World War II, and with rain threatening, baseball’s best available players migrated to North Philly.
On Mutual Radio, the game was broadcast by announcers Red Barber, Mel Allen, and Bill Corum all across the United States. 
The managers for the two teams were two of baseball’s very best, representing what have become the game’s preeminent franchise in each league.
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A game program from the 1943 MLB All-Star Game played at Shibe Park in Philadelphia.
For the National League, it was Billy Southworth of the Saint Louis Cardinals. 
Southworth, in his 2nd stint as the team skipper, took over and led the team to a 49-20 record down the stretch in 1940, salvaging a 3rd place finish out of what had seemed a lost season, and in 1941 he guided them to 97 wins and a 2nd place finish.
That start of the second act of Southworth’s Cardinals managerial career was only setting the stage. 
His teams from 1941-43 would win at least 105 games each season, taking all three NL Pennants and winning two World Series crowns. The 1942 Series win had earned him this nod as skipper of the NL All-Stars.
For the American League, it was legendary New York Yankees manager Joe McCarthy at the helm. 
McCarthy was a hometown boy, born and raised in Philadelphia. He idolized the A’s 62-year old owner/manager Connie Mack, whose name Shibe Park would eventually take for its own as Connie Mack Stadium.
McCarthy knew how to handle stars, serving as the Yankees skipper from 1931-1946 during the careers of such legends as Babe RuthLou GehrigBill DickeyJoe DiMaggio and more. 
His 1942 Yanks’ squad had lost to Southworth’s Cards in five games after winning the opener of the Fall Classic.
The two teams, and the two managers, were on a collision course for a rematch in October of 1943. But before they would get to that business, there was this summer exhibition under the lights taking center stage in the baseball universe.
As told by Baseball Almanac, McCarthy was “publicly accused of being flagrantly partial” to his Yankees players in the selection of his starting lineup for the All-Star Game in previous years. 
As a reply to those accusations, McCarthy would not use any of five Yankees sitting on his bench in the entire game.
In just his 2nd full season, and with fewer than 1,000 plate appearances in the big leagues, it was Southworth’s young 22-year old star outfielder Stan Musial who would get his NL team on the board first.
Appearing in the first of what would be 24 straight All-Star Games, Musial knocked in Chicago Cubs 3rd baseman Stan Hack to put the NL up 1-0 in the top of the 1st inning.
In the bottom of the 2nd, the American Leaguers answered when Boston Red Sox 2nd baseman Bobby Doerr drove a 3-run homer out to left field off NL starting pitcher Mort Cooper of the Cardinals. 
Left fielder Dick Wakefield of the Detroit Tigers ripped an RBI double off Cooper in the 3rd, making it a 4-1 lead for the AL side.

It looked like a ballpark. It smelled like a ballpark. It had a feeling and a heartbeat, a personality that was all baseball.” ~ Whitey Ashburn, on Shibe Park

Cincinnati Reds’ pitcher Johnny Vander Meer, who five years earlier as a 23-year old in his first big league season had set a record still never equaled by pitching back-to-back no-hitters, was victimized by the AL in the 5th for an unearned run thanks to an error by catcher Ernie Lombardi of the New York Giants, pushing the Junior circuit’s lead up to 5-1.
The elder DiMaggio, Vince would star in the 1943 All-Star Game after coming in as a pinch-hitter while brother Joe served during WWII.
At that point, the Vince DiMaggio show began. The older brother of Yankee star Joe DiMaggio, who was away in the war effort, Vince was in the middle of a successful 5-year run in a Pittsburgh Pirates uniform.
DiMaggio had entered the game as a pinch-hitter for yet another Cardinal, centerfielder Harry Walker
Staying in the game, DiMaggio would go 3-3 and score a pair of runs, including on his own 9th inning solo homerun off Red Sox pitcher Tex Hughson.
The homer by Vince D cut the AL lead down to 5-3, but Hughson, who had a nice 8-year career with Boston during the 1940’s, settled down and retired the NL stars, preserving the victory for his team and earning a Save for himself.
Washington Senators pitcher Dutch Leonard, who started for the AL and went three solid innings, would get credit for the Win, which was the American Leaguers 8th in the 11 All-Star Games played to that point in history.
The appreciative Philly crowd let out a cheer with the final out of a game that took just over two hours to play. 
While they had missed Joe D, Ted Williams, and others who were off in the war effort, they had gotten to see some great stars, including aging Giants’ slugger Mel Ott as a pinch-hitter in one of his final All-Star appearances.
Much as with tonight’s 2015 MLB All-Star Game, the Phillies had just one lone representative in 1943. 
That player was journeyman 1st baseman Babe Dahlgren, who was in his lone season with the Phils, and who was playing for his 8th of what would ultimately be 10 teams during a 12-year career in the majors.
The host Athletics also had just one lone rep on the AL squad, 1st baseman Dick Siebert, who would hit just one homer in 558 at-bats for the A’s during that 1943 season. Siebert played eight seasons with the A’s in an 11-year MLB career.
It was the first MLB All-Star Game ever played in Philadelphia. It would not be the last, for either the city, or for the ballpark. 
Nearly a decade later, in 1952, the Phillies would be the hosts at Shibe in a 3-2 NL win that was also affected by the weather. That one would, in fact, be shortened to just five innings by the rains. 
In both 1976 and 1996, the Phillies would host National League victories at Veteran’s Stadium in South Philly.