all-star team/game/break

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at RCI.RUTGERS.EDU
Wed Dec 1 05:49:07 UTC 2004

all-star team (OED3 draft entry has 1905):

   Los Angeles Times, Nov 26, 1897, p. 2
   New Jersey's all-star team fell before the Chicago Athletic eleven
   at Washington Park oval this morning.

all-star game (OED3 draft entry has 1933):

   Colorado Springs (Colorado) Gazette, February 1, 1914, p. 18
   The All-Star game at San Francisco will give them this opportunity
   and you may be sure they will grasp it and that the park where the
   games will be staged will hold record crowds at each game.
   [Referring to a seven-game series between American and National
   League all-star teams at the Panama Exposition in 1915.]

all-star break (OED3 draft entry has 1966):

   New York Times, June 1, 1949, p. 44
   But it should be remembered that the race is only one quarter
   over and the half way mark won't be reached until the All-Star
   break in the schedule on July 12 at Ebbets Field.

   Indiana (Pennsylvania) Evening Gazette, August 5, 1950, p. 8
   Bob Kuzava went the route for the first time since the all-star
   break despite sloppy fielding.

--Ben Zimmer

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