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.