1934 East-West Game (Negro League)

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The 1934 East-West Game was a far cry from the previous year's event, the first East-West Game. While the 1933 game had featured 18 runs and 22 hits, only one run came across the plate in the 1934 contest, played on August 26, 1934 in Comiskey Park. 10 of the 13 players used by the East were from the Pittsburgh Crawfords and 8 of the 13 West personnel employed were from the Chicago American Giants, making this very much a two-team affair. The leaders in fan voting were the West pitchers, with five getting 45,853 to 48,957 votes - Willie Foster (48,957), Chet Brewer (48,356), Ted Trent (47,870), Andy Porter (46,908) and Sug Cornelius (45,853) were the popular picks. SS Willie Wells got the most votes of any position plauer (48,546), edging Turkey Stearnes by just over 1,000.

Voting totals were much lower in the East. Satchel Paige had 6,948 votes, the most of any pitcher, but lower than 7 Westerners. 1B Oscar Charleston netted 6,334, 340 ahead of Jud Wilson, among position players in the East.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
East 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 8 1
West 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1

The fine pitching exhibition began with young and tall Slim Jones walking leadoff hitter Wells and balking him over but retiring the side in order. He struck out four and allowed just one more baserunner in his three innings. Meanwhile, curveball artist Ted Trent had allowed two hits and fanned three in handcuffing the East.

In the 4th, Harry Kincannon relieved Jones and Brewer replaced Trent. Mule Suttles tripled with one out in the 4th for the home team. Red Parnell followed with a fly to right, where Jimmie Crutchfield caught it and fired home to get Suttles at the plate, the closest the West came to scoring all day. Sammy Bankhead singled to start the bottom of the 5th. East C Josh Gibson dropped the pitch from Kincannon, but fired to second to get Bankhead in time. Wells opened the sixth with a double against Kincannon, who came out in favor of Paige. Harry had allowed four hits in two innings.

Brewer left after three, having allowed three baserunners and striking out two, replaced by Foster, the winner in the 1933 affair. In the 8th, the East got to Willie, as Cool Papa Bell walked. Cy Perkins struck out while Bell swiped second. Charleston lined to first. On a two-strike count, Jud Wilson looped one between Wells and 2B Sammy T. Hughes to score Bell. Paige got the win for four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and fanning five.

The offensive leaders were Gibson (2 for 4, 2B), Chester Williams (3 for 4, double) and Suttles (3 for 4, triple).


East Starting Lineup

Backups used


West Starting Lineup

Backups used


Source: Black Baseball's National Showcase by Larry Lester