Wednesday, March 20, 2019

WSC All-Stars: Thornton Lee 1945

Card #23 - Thornton Lee

For the first time since the inaugural All-Star game in 1933, the All-Star game was cancelled. Due to wartime travel restrictions for World War II, the 1945 All-Star game was cancelled on April 24, 1945.

No players were ever "officially" selected to the All-Star rosters, but the Associated Press and The Sporting News selected their own roster, so fans could dream about the All-Star game that never was.

Thornton Lee was selected by the Associated Press as a reserve pitcher. Lee was also selected for the 1941 All-Star game as a member of the White Sox. Thornton spent eleven seasons with the White Sox and last appeared in the majors with the New York Giants in 1948.  Lee might have been an All-Star in the years between his selection had it not been for a string of injuries that finally relented in 1945, when he regained his old form.

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