The game of baseball is the only professional American sport without a clock to time the play. In the vast history of baseball many games have gone on for hours while some have been completed in less than an hour. One game holds the Major League record for most innings played.
The game took place on May 1st, 1920 in Boston at Braves Field. The teams that day were the Brooklyn Robins (Later known as the Dodgers) and the Boston Braves. This record setting game consisted of 26 innings and ended in a tying score of 1-1. The game was called due to darkness. The starting pitchers were Leon Cadore for the Robins and Joe Oeschger for the Braves. Both pitchers played the entire game which by today’s standards is a heroic feat.
While it holds the record for the most innings it does not hold the record for actual time. The game was called at 4 hours and 50 minutes after the first pitch. In the history of the Major Leagues games have gone past 22 innings less than ten times. The most recent of those was in 1989. It is safe to say that this game has stood the test of time and will continue to hold this amazing record for many decades to come.
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The rookie phenom that is 19 year old Bryce Harper will continue his whirl wind season by going to the All Star Game. Harper was not originally slated to attend the game which takes place this week in Kansas City. Harper will be taking the spot of injured Marlins star Giancarlo Stanton. Harper will be the 3rd youngest player to play in the MLB All Star Game. While Harper will be playing off of the bench the eyes of all of the fans will be on him for sure.
Harper has had a solid start to his MLB career since his debut in April. He is an excellent outfielder fielder with a rocket arm. His offensive play has been very good for his experience level. Harper has a batting average of .283, hit 8 home runs and had 25 RBI’s and scored 43 runs in just 62 games for the 1st place Washington Nationals.
Harper going deep at Fenway Park earlier this season.
Harper came in with a lot of hype and has been living up to it. He has displayed a maturity on and off the field, the later many thought he would be able to do. He has shown a lot of personality and has a charisma that a lot of players don’t have. He has created great moments already in his young career, like when he hit a home run in the historic Fenway Park during his first game on that field. He is in the right spot now to really display his skills in front of a national audience. Harper is a strong contender for Rookie of the Year in the National League.
Harper will probably get at least 1 at bat and play 2 innings or so. Many players have created unforgettable moments in All Star Games. I have a feeling Bryce Harper will have a chance to make one of those moments. When he gets he will more than likely take advantage of it. If Harper continues to play the way he has been and develop into the player that he has been billed to be than this is just the beginning.
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