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Box score delight.

While researching the 1951 season, I came across two very interesting games played between the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox at Chicago's Comiskey Park.

On July 12th in the second game of a doubleheader, the Red Sox produced a run on a Clyde Vollmer sacrifice fly in the top of the 17th inning, seizing a 5-4 victory after holding the White Sox scoreless for the final 10 innings of the game. Saul Rogovin took the loss for Chicago, tossing a 17-inning complete game.

The following day's game, July 13th, was a 19-inning contest won by the home team, 5-4. In the 19th inning, the Red Sox managed to score two runs in the top half of the inning, but Chicago rallied for three runs in their half of the inning, ending the marathon on, strangely enough, Don Lenhardt's walk-off sac fly. The losing pitcher for Boston, Mickey McDermott, also lasted 17 innings.

Incidentally, the teams combined to send 285 men to the plate in two contests that totaled eight hours and 48 minutes.

WOW! A box score hunter's holy grail! Two consecutive extra-inning games totaling 36 innings with a combined 285 plate appearances, and both losing pitchers completing 17 innings in games ending on sacrifice flies.

Mike Pace

Sarasota, FL

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Title Annotation:FANS SPEAK OUT
Author:Pace, Mike
Publication:Baseball Digest
Date:Sep 1, 2015
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