November 1, 2012
Montgomery County native Lon (Lonnie) Warneke, known as The Arkansas Hummingbird, was a major league baseball pitcher for the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals during the 1930s. In 1933, thirty-six of the best baseball players in the major leagues squared off at Comiskey Park in Chicago, Illinois, for the first All-Star baseball game. Warneke registered the first triple and scored the first National League run in All-Star history. He was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 1961. Warneke is shown here in the 1930s.