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The All-Star Game of the Negro Leagues, the East-West Game was first played in 1933, inspired by Arch Ward. The contests were held annually through 1962. As there was usually a midwestern Negro League and an eastern one, the east-west breakdown was a logical way to divide teams in a fairly even manner. The East-West Game was the most prominent match-up in the Negro League schedules. During the 1930s, players from teams that were playing independently of league structure were voted to starting squads. The game was created when Negro League talent was thought to be at or near major league level, and continued well into the period when only a handful of barnstorming teams played at a minor league level. The end of the East-West game is generally considered to also mark the death of the Negro Leagues.

Thirty-five games were played in the 30 consecutive seasons that the game was active. Twenty-seven games were played at Chicago's Comiskey Park, four at New York's Yankee Stadium, while one each were played at the Polo Grounds, Washington's Griffith Stadium, Cleveland's Municipal Stadium and Kansas City's Municipal Stadium. Some of the East-West Games held outside of Comiskey Park were not consistently referred to in the media as the East-West Game - for instance, the eastern matches from 1946-1948 were officially called "Dream Game"s though some referred to them as East-West Games.

[edit] Results

Year Site Winner Score Loser Winning Pitcher Losing Pitcher
1933 Comiskey Park West 11 - 7 East Bill Foster Sam Streeter
1934 Comiskey Park East 1 - 0 West Satchel Paige Bill Foster
1935 Comiskey Park West 11 - 8 East Sug Cornelius Martin Dihigo
1936 Comiskey Park East 10 - 2 West Leroy Matlock Sug Cornelius
1937 Comiskey Park East 7 - 2 West Barney Morris Hilton Smith
1938 Comiskey Park West 5 - 4 East Hilton Smith Edsall Walker
1939
1st game
Comiskey Park West 4 - 2 East Ted Radcliffe Roy Partlow
1939
2nd game
Yankee Stadium East 10 - 2 West Bill Byrd Smoky Owens
1940 Comiskey Park East 11 - 0 West Henry McHenry Gene Bremmer
1941 Comiskey Park East 8 - 3 West Terris McDuffie Hilton Smith
1942
1st game
Comiskey Park East 5 - 2 West Dave Barnhill Satchel Paige
1942
2nd game
Municipal Stadium
(Cleveland)
East 9 - 2 West Gene Smith Gene Bremer
1943 Comiskey Park West 2 - 1 East Satchel Paige Dave Barnhill
1944 Comiskey Park West 7 - 4 East Gentry Jessup Carranza Howard
1945 Comiskey Park West 9 - 6 East Verdel Mathis Tom Glover
1946
1st game
Griffith Stadium East 6 - 3 West Bill Byrd Vibert Clarke
1946
2nd game
Comiskey Park West 4 - 1 East Felix Evans Bill Byrd
1947
1st game
Comiskey Park West 5 - 2 East Dan Bankhead Max Manning
1947
2nd game
Polo Grounds West 8 - 2 East Ford Smith Rufus Lewis
1948
1st game
Comiskey Park West 3 - 0 East Bill Powell Rufus Lewis
1948
2nd game
Yankee Stadium East 6 - 1 West Max Manning Vibert Clarke
1949 Comiskey Park East 4 - 0 West Bob Griffith Gene Richardson
1950 Comiskey Park West 5 - 3 East Connie Johnson Raul Galata
1951 Comiskey Park East 3 - 1 West Kelly Searcy Vibert Clarke
1952 Comiskey Park West 7 - 3 East Dick Phillips Groundhog Thompson
1953 Comiskey Park West 5 - 1 East Sam (Buddy) Woods Willie Gaines
1954 Comiskey Park West 8 - 4 East Hank Mason Andy Carpenter
1955 Comiskey Park West 2 - 0 East Isiah Harris Jo Misky Cartledge
1956 Comiskey Park East 11 - 5 West Willie Harris "Ace" Robinson
1957 Comiskey Park West 8 - 5 East Gene Williams Elliott
1958 Yankee Stadium East 6 - 5 West Willie Smith Aubrey Grigsby
1959 Comiskey Park West 8 - 7 East Pete Mumpford James Gilmore
1960 Comiskey Park West 8 - 4 East Calvin Grant Herbert Paymon
1961 Yankee Stadium West 7 - 1 East Satchel Paige Pete Gilliam
1962 Municipal Stadium
(Kansas City)
West 5 - 2 East no pitcher of
record identified
no pitcher of
record identified

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