On the Saturday and Sunday of Easter 1981 the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rochester Red Wings played the longest professional baseball game ever. Thirty years later Dan Barry retells the story of the game through the stories of its key participants: the future Hall of Famers (Wade Boggs and Cal Ripken, Jr.), the ones who finally made it to the show (Joe Morgan and Rich German), and those who toiled in obscurity in Pawtucket, Elmira, Winter Haven, and a hundred minor league stops in between … more
Baseball is unique among professional sports simply because infinity is built into the rules - not only teasing us with the remote possibility of endlessness but suspending time for those who play, and watch. At 30, some players evolve into veterans but never really get old and simply fade with their skills, perhaps losing a step to everything but our memory. This is both the genius of the sport and the genius of Dan Barry's Bottom of the 33rd who places that timeless … more
On a chilly Saturday evening in April 1981 1740 hearty souls gathered for a Triple-A baseball game in a run-down 1940's-era ballpark in the city of Pawtucket, RI. This night the game pitted the Rochester Red Wings, AAA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles against the hometown Pawtucket Red Sox. Earlier in the week I had promised a couple of young teenagers in my neighborhood that I would take them to the game that night. I was hoping that the cold and wind would discourage them but … more
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