Tuesday, July 8, 2014

"Swingin' on a Star"

On this day in 1944, the Brewers split a double-header with the St. Paul Saints. That secured the Brewers the league's best record in the first half of the season, and with it the right to host the American Association All-Star Game.

Of course, Milwaukee Sentinel artist Lou Grant celebrated this accomplishment in style, with a cartoon published two days later:

That's our old friend Joe Brewer and his best girl Polly Pennant, who has herself a glamorous new star-spangled dress.

The All-Star Game had a unique format in those days; the team with the best record would host and play against a team made up of the best players from the other Association clubs. In 1944, that team was our Milwaukee Brewers.

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