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Gabby Hartnett's Invitation to the First All-Star Game

Gabby Hartnett was one of the greatest catchers of his era (the 1920s and 1930s). He played almost exclusively for the Chicago Cubs during that time. Arch Ward, a sports editor for the Chicago Tribune, came up with the idea of having an All-Star Game, with baseball's best players, to coincide with the celebration of Chicago's Century of Progress Exposition. Players for the first All-Star Game were chosen by the managers. Letters were sent by the President of the National League, John Heydler, to the players who were chosen to play in the game. This is the invitation letter sent to Hartnett inviting him to participate in the game and telling him what to bring.