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Fenway
04-18-2006, 05:29 PM
The Washington Post looks back at "The Longest Game" played in Pawtucket, RI 25 years ago



http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/17/AR2006041701586.html


Begin with the box score, which, if box scores are like artwork, is the Sistine Chapel. Gaze at the artist's masterstrokes, the grand, virtuoso flourishes -- in this case, a pair of monumental last names, Ripken and Boggs, both of which share the designation "3b." Twenty-five years later, these two names would be the famous touches that give this celebrated piece its historical heft.

Pawtucket Red Sox vs. Rochester Red Wings
April 18 - June 23, 1981 - 33 Innings

PROFESSIONAL RECORDS SET:

• MOST PUTOUTS - one team - 99 (Pawtucket)
• MOST PUTOUTS - both teams - 195 TIME - 8:25
• MOST AT BATS - one team - 114 (Pawtucket)
• MOST STRIKE OUTS - one team - 34 (Rochester Batters)
• MOST AT BATS - both teams - 219
• MOST STRIKE OUTS - both teams - 60
• MOST ASSISTS - both teams - 88
• MOST "CHANCES ACCEPTED" - one team - 142 (Rochester)
• MOST "CHANCES ACCEPTED" - both teams - 283
• MOST INNINGS - 33 PITCHES THROWN - Rochester 423, Pawtucket 459, Total 882
• MOST AT BATS - Dave Koza, Lee Graham, Chico Walker - 14 (Pawtucket)
• MOST PLATE APPEARANCES - Tom Eaton, Cal Ripken, Dallas Williams - 15 (Rochester)

http://www.pawsox.com/team/longest_game/

"A lot of people were saying , 'Yeah, yeah, we tied it, we tied it!' And then they said, 'Oh, no, what did you do? We could have gone home!'"
--Pawtucket's Wade Boggs on his game-tying hit in the 21st inning

A carnival atmopshere prevailed when the game resumed on June 23. In a story in that morning’s Democrat and Chronicle, reporter Bob Minzesheimer wrote: ‘‘Not since the time they had to shoot the drunken camel at the city zoo has there been this much excitement in Pawtucket.