Sunday, May 31, 2009

Today in History

May 31
1964 - The longest double header in history, and the longest game in National League history was played 45 years ago today. In a grueling 9 hour and 52 minute double header, the San Francisco Giants battled the Mets in the newly opened Shea Stadium. The first of the two games was uneventful, lasting a mere 2 hours and 29 minutes. The Giants defeated the Mets 5-3. The next game, however, was a back-and-forth 23 inning drama and stretched out over an excruciating 7 hours and 23 minutes. The combined number of innings played that day set the record at 32, a feat which still stands. The Giants staggered away victorious with a score of 8-6.

1968 - Don Drysdayle of the Dodgers beans batter Dick Dietz of the Giants in the 9th inning with the bases loaded. After pitching 4 previous shut-outs (for a total of 44 scoreless innings pitched) Drysdale's record appears to be over (falling one inning short of tying the 5 shut out record set in 1904). However, plate umpire Harry Wendelstedt rules that Dietz did not try to avoid the pitch, and rules that he does not take the base. Giants coach Herman Franks argues the call for so long that Wendelstedt ejects him from the game. Dietz flies out on the next pitch, and Drysdale retires the next to batters, keeping his streak intact. (His streak ends on June 8, 1968 after pitching 6 consecutive shutouts, and a total of 56 scoreless innings).

June 1
1925 - The first of Lou Gehrig's 2,130 consecutive games begins when he is called from the bench to pinch hit for Pee Wee Wanninger. (Gehrig dies of ALS on June 2, 1941, 16 years and 1 day later).

1975 - Nolan Ryan wins his 100th career game.

1987 - 48 year old future Hall of Famer Phil Niekro earns his 314th win.

The Beatles - Yesterday


GM-Carson said...

I wish Nolan Ryan was still pitching today. Dude still probably chucks it at 90+ MPH.

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