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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Hubbell's All-Star performance one for the ages
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com
July 10, 1934
Before the second All-Star Game, New York Giants left-hander Carl Hubbell receives his MVP award from the previous season. Then he takes the mound at the Polo Grounds as the National League's starting pitcher and puts on a show for the ages.
After allowing a single and a walk, he strikes out Babe Ruth looking on a screwball that just catches the outside corner. Then he gets Lou Gehrig to go fishing for a third strike on a full count. Hubbell ends the inning by fanning Jimmie Foxx, normally a first baseman but playing third in this game because of Gehrig's presence at first.
Hubbell picks up where he left off in the second inning when he strikes out Al Simmons and Joe Cronin, making it five future Hall of Famers to whiff consecutively. With a one-ball, two-strike count on Bill Dickey, the Yankees catcher snaps Hubbell's streak with a single to left. Hubbell ends the inning by striking out pitcher Lefty Gomez.
Hubbell pitches a scoreless third inning, though he doesn't fan anyone and walks Ruth. With the screwballer replaced in the fourth, the American League begins its comeback from a 4-0 deficit and wins 9-7.
After the game, Hubbell is praised. "He's the greatest pitcher I ever faced," says Cronin, the shortstop-manager of the American League. "He can throw the ball through a knothole."
Ruth says, "He's a great pitcher. I couldn't even see the ball when he threw it."
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