Comiskey Park, Chicago. IL, August 13, 1944 – The great Josh Gibson slides home during the 1944 Negro League All-Star game

Comiskey Park, Chicago. IL, August 13, 1944 – The great Josh Gibson slides home during the 1944 Negro League All-Star game

 

The great Josh Gibson slides home during the 1944 Negro League All-Star game during a 98 degree heat wave in Chicago. And you can beat those uniforms supplied no comfort in that heat.

The West would win behind a home run from Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe and a triple by his brother Alec. Gentry “Jeep” Jessup of the Chicago American Giants was the winning pitcher. The game was almost canceled when the players held out for more money than the $60 they were offered. When you consider the game was a sellout with a crowd of 46,247 on hand you can understand why there was friction on the payout. They eventually agreed to play for $150 per player and it was game on.

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