Excerpts for Stars in the Shadows : The Negro League All-Star Game of 1934



August 26, 1934


Welcome to Chicago, welcome all!
It's a beautiful day to play baseball.
Bright sun with not one single cloud in the sky,
a blue-curtain backdrop to watch baseballs fly.
Hello, everybody, to you from me,
Lester Roberts, on your radio on WNLB,
bringing you the play-by-play in a creative way
of the second annual Negro League East-West game
today.

Last year's game was fun-filled with eighteen runs,

including a cannon shot that came from

the bat of Mule Suttles, who swung his barrel chest

and arms to launch a four-bag express

into center-field stands, sending slug-happy fans

into a frenzy, making sepia hands

clap and cheer and throw hats into the air,

a heart-stopping moment for all who were there.

But that was last year--now it's on to

the Negro League East-West Classic number two,

featuring players voted in by you,

the fans who follow this game through and through.

But before our game starts and before we do

anything,

first we will hear "Lift Every Voice and Sing,"

the Negro National Anthem, sung by the Jubilee

Singers, representing our wonderful Windy City.

What better way to start this glorious day,

so let's listen in as they take it away.

Lift every voice and sing

Till earth and heaven ring,

Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;

Let our rejoicing rise

High as the listening skies,

Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.

Sing a song full of the faith that the dark

past has taught us,

Sing a song full of the hope that the

present has brought us;

Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,

Let us march on till victory is won.

Thank you, performers, and again welcome all.

Enjoy the show, folks,

now let's

PLAY

BALL!

© 2012 Charles R. Smith Jr.

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