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Then he read which way the wind was blowing and threw his full support behind the plan. “Pitting the stars of each league against one another is a very worthy undertaking,” said Landis in a somewhat stilted statement. “It should enliven interest in baseball, particularly for the hot stove boys, and undoubtedly will set a new record for baseball attendance in Chicago. It is very ﬁtting that such a game should be part of A Century of Progress program. The Tribune is to be congratulated for bringing it about.
Whichever way the counting went, it took a lot of peanuts and Cracker Jack sales to cover the spending. This renovation created a double deck, which considerably expanded the capacity. The growing popularity of major league baseball, propelled by Babe Ruth’s astonishing home runs, led to a sharp increase in attendance during the 1920s. When Yankee Stadium opened in 1923 —“The House that Ruth Built”— it could hold 50,000 fans. The White Sox had fallen on dark days after the Black Sox Scandal, when players ﬁxed the 1919 World Series to lose to the Cincinnati Reds.
Whenever the slightest nugget of information became known about the All-Star game, it meant free publicity. If the stadium choice was announced, if the umpires were named, if one team made a move in the standings, Ward was there to trumpet it. And always, lest anyone forget it, he referred to the All-Star game as the “Game of the 4. ” If Colonel McCormick had imagined a windfall of goodwill coming the Tribune’s way when he ﬁrst told Ward to invent some kind of sporting event worthy of World’s Fair inclusion, he did not say.