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PREVIEW: STARLIGHT ON MILWAUKEE'S BIG YARD
Red Smith
July 11, 1955
Baseball's annual All-Star Game isn't exactly baseball, says that man named Smith. Yet it has produced some of the game's great moments, as it may again next week in its first Milwaukee appearance
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July 11, 1955

Preview: Starlight On Milwaukee's Big Yard

Baseball's annual All-Star Game isn't exactly baseball, says that man named Smith. Yet it has produced some of the game's great moments, as it may again next week in its first Milwaukee appearance

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To a baseball fan, though, it's a great day when he can go take his first look at a fellow like Kaline, the Detroit Tigers' flamboyant young outfielder. Chances are the fan has read about Kaline, and how the Tigers signed him for a bonus the day after he got out of Southern High in Baltimore.

Maybe they've read of his background, know that his grandfather was a barehanded catcher for Queenstown on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and bred up three sons who were catchers in sandlot ball, including Al's father, Nicholas, who works in a Baltimore broom factory. Perhaps they don't know that Kaline's maternal grandfather and his mother's brother were sandlot players in Baltimore, and that his mother was no slouch herself at foot races and volleyball and dodge-the-ball in Baltimore's Clifton Park.

Then again, maybe they do know all that, because baseball tans have an incredible appetite for minutiae regarding their heroes. Anyhow, they haven't seen Kaline in Milwaukee, or Berra or Williams or Mantle, and they're going to love it.

Naturally, it's going to be something more than a mere exhibition game in Milwaukee. The whole week of the game has been designated as an "All-Star Festival," including, among other attractions: horse show, drama, polo game, movie premiļæ½re, women's baseball clinic, fireworks, Venetian night parade of boats, All-Star parade, music under the stars, PGA golf clinic, boxing, $35,000 open golf tournament, style show, folk festival, state tennis championships, American Legion 40 & 8 parade, outboard races, water frolic, drum and bugle corps contests, stock car races, art exhibit.

All this, and the All-Star Game, too. It won't matter to the fans, or not much, that the ballot boxes may be stuffed, the election rigged, and men chosen for some positions which they can't even hold on their own teams. That's how the democratic process works.

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