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Washington Nationals/Senators All-Star History: D.C.'s First All-Stars.

Thirty years after Ban Johnson's American League and the National League played the first (modern) World Series in 1903, the two leagues sent rosters of their top stars to Comiskey Park in Chicago, Illinois for the first MLB All-Star Game, which was held on July 6, 1933. The two teams were assembled for an exhibition game that would take place during Chicago's "A Century of Progress" World's Fair. For the first two years, '33-'34, the All-Star teams were selected by both managers and fans. Two Washington Senators were selected that season, Sens' shortstop Joe Cronin, who started the game, and pitcher General Crowder, who came on in the fourth in relief of Yankees' starter Lefty Gomez (who'd play one season as a Senator in 1943), and surrendered the only two runs the National League would score in a 4-2 American League win led by a then-33-year-old Babe Ruth, who was 2 for 3 with a two-run HR in the game.

San Francisco-born former Senator Joe Cronin's name you might recognize, it's on Nationals Park's Ring of Honor, fixed on the facade of above the Field Level seats along with the great names from Washington's and the current franchise's past. The future Hall-of-Famer was then 26-years-old, and Cronin was having a monster first-half when he was selected to participate in the Mid-Summer Classic in 1933, hitting 28 doubles, seven triples and three HR's and driving in 69 runs in 73 games over which he posted a .368/.448/.541 slash in what was then his eighth major league season. Croning would go 1 for 3 with a walk and a run scored after a single. The run Cronin scored came in the bottom of the sixth, and it put the AL back up by two at 4-2 a half-inning after his teammate had allowed the NL to get within one.

Alvin Floyd "General" Crowder was a product on Winston-Salem, North Carolina, a 5'10'', 170-pound right-hander who'd debuted in the majors with the Senators in 1926. Two years later Crowder was traded to the St. Louis Browns. The Senators reacquired Crowder along with OF Heinie Manush in a trade involving two Nats Park Ring of Honor members that sent OF Goose Goslin to St. Louis. 1932 had been Crowder's best season by far, as he bested a previous season-high of 21 W's by winning a league-leading 26 games in a league-leading 39 starts and 327.0 IP.

At the halfway point in 1933, Crowder was (12-4) in 26 games with five complete games in 16 starts. The right-hander walked 42 (2.54 BB/9) and K'd 51 (3.08 K/9) in 149.0 IP in the first-half of the '33 season. The General was the first reliever in after Lefty Gomez in the '33 All-Star Game, and the NL got to the Sens' starter in his third inning of work with the opposing pitcher, the Chicago Cubs' Lon Warenke (aka the Arkansas Hummingbird) tripling off Crowder and scoring on an RBI groundout by St. Louis' 3B Pepper Martin (The Wild Horse of the Osage) before a solo HR by Martin's Cardinals' teammate Frankie Frisch (The Fordham Flash) made it a 3-2 game.

Crowder would finish the sixth, preserving the lead before Cronin's single and run scored put the AL up 4-2 in the next frame. Crowder was traded to Detroit in 1934 and he finished his career there two years later. Joe Cronin would leave the Senators after the '34 season and retire twelve seasons later as a member of the Boston Red Sox. Cronin's name was a part of the Ring of Honor when it was unveiled last season. The veteran of 20 major league seasons was elected to the Hall of Fame on 152 of 193 ballots in 1956. In 1933, the two were the Washington Senators' first All-Stars.